December 01 2016 03:00PM
Ever since the Canucks began showing signs of decline a few years back, fans have been pondering where the next great offensive players are going to come from once the Sedins have ridden off into the sunset. It’s been pretty clear to everyone sitting at home that the Canucks don’t have much of a succession plan for their top line, with no high calibre centre prospect currently in the system.
So naturally, the inclination is to wonder whether Bo Horvat, the best young centre that they have in their organization, is going to be able to develop his game to the point where he can take on the mantle of a top line player. He himself seems to think so, and his recent hot streak has lent credence to the concept.
But Bo Horvat’s recent hot streak really isn’t all that “recent” anymore. Stretching all the way back to late December of 2015, Bo Horvat has been the Canucks most productive player, with numbers that aren’t just impressive compared an otherwise woeful Canuck offence - they’re damn impressive in general.
So it’s time to ask the question: is Bo Horvat already a first line centre?
November 29 2016 12:18PM
With the injury to Alex Edler (which has resulted in surgery and a 4-6 week timetable for return), the Canucks needed to bring in an extra defenceman. The easy choice was Alex Biega, who was in Utica on a conditioning assignment. Unfortunately, the Canucks were already at their limit for Alex's, meaning that Alexandre Grenier needed to be sent back to Utica to make space.
November 29 2016 11:45AM
For each of the last four World Junior Championships, Team Canada has been represented by a Canucks prospect (twice by Bo Horvat and twice by Jake Virtanen). While Vancouver's most recent first round selections hail from Finland and the United States, 2015 third round pick Guillaume Brisebois is intent on making sure that the Canucks are represented once again.
Hockey Canada announced their list of invites to their 2016 Junior Selection Camp, and Brisebois has made the cut.
November 28 2016 01:03PM
The Canucks announced this morning that Alex Edler, who was injured blocking a shot in the Colorado game on Saturday, will undergo surgery today to repair a fractured index finger and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. So that's not good.
The Canucks, who were already missing their other top pairing defenceman, Chris Tanev, will now have to figure some way to stay afloat with a mishmash of rookies and defensive defencemen.
November 25 2016 01:00PM
Photo credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
15 games into the season, the Comets finally won consecutive contests. In fact, following Wednesday's win over Syracuse (which isn't covered in this article), they're actually up to three wins in a row. Not bad!
The Comets had some decent offensive performances last week, scoring nine goals over three games, with multiple young players riding goal and point streaks through the end of the week. Could the Comets be poised for a turnaround? Let's dig in to the week that was.