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January 13 2017 05:00AM

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The Leafs are actually good, the Jets and Wings are quite bad, Jim Benning reveals his plans, the Flames first half and exposing Troy Brouwer, Taylor Hall goes back to Edmonton, the Adidas jersey takeover, the NHL's point system, backup goalies, Justin Schultz 2.0 and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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CANUCKS ARMY POST-GAME: POWER FAILURE

Tyler Horsfall
January 12 2017 09:24PM

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The Vancouver Canucks found themselves going up against a struggling Philadelphia Flyers defense. On the back end of a road trip, the Canucks played a strong game at even strength. However, their struggles on special teams likely cost them a win as they fell 5-4 to the Flyers in a shootout.

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Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings: 18 & 17

Jeremy Davis
January 12 2017 03:03PM

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Yesterday, Jackson McDonald kicked off our Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings, chronicling the progression of Michael Carcone and Ashton Sautner, which we have deemed the 20th and 19th best prospects in the Vancouver system, respectively.

Welcome to part two of the Midterm Rankings, in which we will look deeper into the Vancouver Canucks' 18th and 17th ranked prospects.

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The Art of the Beaver Tail: Troy Stecher wants the puck -- and he wants everyone to know it

Jeff Paterson
January 12 2017 01:00PM

Thwack-thwack-thwack.

If you’ve been to a Vancouver Canucks game this season, you have most certainly heard that sound. Watch a game on television or listen to the radio feed, and you’ve probably heard it, too.

It’s Troy Stecher letting everyone in the building know he wants the puck. And he wants it right now.

Thwack-thwack-thwack.

Growing up in Richmond and watching the Canucks in his youth, Stecher is well aware of the way Ryan Kesler used the ‘beaver tail’ – short taps of the stick on the ice in an effort to signal his desire for the puck. Kesler generally used the tactic as a defensive ploy hoping to fool opponents into an ill-advised drop pass.

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2015 Draft Class: Who to sign?

Ryan Biech
January 12 2017 11:00AM

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Although it's January, that doesn't stop organizations from looking at the long term picture. This week, all teams will be having their amateur scouting meetings to discuss and breakdown the 2017 draft class.

They will also have meetings to figure out what they currently have in the organization - which prospects made noise, which ones disappointed and what to keep an eye on going forward.

Here at Canucks Army, we have begun our mid-season prospect rankings, where we break down and discuss all the prospects currently within the organization.

Given all this, I figured it was worth taking a look at the 2015 draft class of the Canucks and figure out who is worth signing to entry level contracts.

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