June 21 2016 05:04PM
Dale Weise scored a goal in the 2016 playoffs for the Chicago Blackhawks, in the four games he played of their seven game series. Dale Weise had an assist in the fifteen regular season games he played for the Blackhawks. In total, he picked up two points in nineteen games- not exactly the most impressive resume.
To be fair to Weise, this sort of disappearance was rather out of character for his general career path. Known for a few clutch moments in Montreal in the playoffs and being a bit of a shift-distruber, Weise just didn't really fit into the Blackhawks in his time there.
But for whatever reason, Chicago Dale Weise wasn't anywhere close to the same player production wise like he'd been come to be known in his career.
Heading into the offseason, will this recency bias affect Weise's value?
If he returns to his regular form, he's proven himself as a dependable player and is right in the glory years of his career at age 27: but does he fit into Vancouver?
June 21 2016 01:00PM
The draft is upon us this week, with speculation and rumours running rampant as teams get ready for the big weekend.
Over the past few weeks, there have been suggestions that the Columbus Blue Jackets, who currently possess the 3rd overall pick, would consider trading down. If that is the case, the Canucks should be at least interested. The price would need to make sense, but it's clear that there is a difference between Jesse Puljujarvi and whoever will be available at 5th overall.
The Canucks are not in a position to put together a package of picks and prospects, but with some creativity, there could be a deal to be had.
June 21 2016 11:00AM
Matt Cooke, Left Wing, 6th round, 144th overall, 1997 Draft
By rights, Matt Cooke should have never wound up in a Vancouver Canucks uniform. He was a bit player on an awful 1996 Windsor Spitfires team – scoring only 19 points in 61 games – and was overlooked by all 26 team at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. The confident Belleville, Ontario native, however, decided to try out for the Toronto Maple Leafs at their training camp that September.
Cooke left a lasting impression, impressing the Leafs’ coaching and managerial brass with his hard-nosed play and tenacity. The Leafs decided to offer the walk-on player a professional contract, which the young winger happily signed. That should have been the end of the story. Except, of course, it was anything but.
June 21 2016 07:00AM
Our number two ranked prospect started the season rated as the third best prospect in the draft, only to have a historic season and push himself to second (and have some discussing him as a possible first) rated prospect for the 2016 NHL Entry draft.
Hailing from Tampere Finland, the elite goalscorer Patrik Laine comes next in our prospect profile series.
June 20 2016 10:03PM
Thought escaped me forever, eh? Unfortunately for the readers here at Canucks Army, I haven't so much left as much as I've been distracted by the insanity that's going on in the land of East Coast Bias. In the meantime, you get to hear better opinions from smarter people than myself, with today's mailbag being the exception. Let's see what's on everybody's mind!