October 14 2016 03:31PM
It's that time of year again. The NHL season has finally begun in earnest, which means it's time for Canucks Army staff to agonize over waiver-wire minutia.
There was a flurry of activity earlier this week that saw former top prospects like Seth Griffith, Teemu Pulkkinen, and Vancouver's own Emerson Etem plucked off the waiver wire. Today, Montreal elected to place a player of similar calibre in Sven Andrighetto on waivers for the purpose of assigning him to the AHL St. John's IceCaps.
October 01 2016 12:20AM
Drawing conclusions from a pre-season game is already a fool's errand. Trying to do so when so little of the game is at even strength makes it an especially impractical exercise.
Special teams accounted for over a third of tonight's game. They ended up tipping the scales in Calgary's favour, too. Vancouver put Calgary on the power play eight times, and they were able to capitalize twice -- an ample amount to seal the deal for the host team. Tonight's game wasn't a particularly entertaining affair, but we're gluttons for punishment at Canucks Army. Let's dive in.
September 26 2016 11:00AM
Training camp is underway, which means we're at that time of year where we read far too much from lineup decisions and speculate on which fresh faces will force themselves into said lineup. This team's unclear if poorly communicated vision coupled with the number of players knocking on the NHL door's led to even more excitement, anticipation and general curiosity then there generally has been at this time in previous seasons.
Nowhere is this more apparent than on the Canucks third line. Enter the Canucks big ticket undrafted free agent, Troy Stecher.
September 22 2016 11:00AM
The invitees stole the show at this weekend's Canucks Young Stars Classic in a tournament where previously they'd mostly been an afterthought. Invitees accounted for a large portion of the Canucks' offence across three games, contributing three of the seven goals Vancouver scored in the tournament.
Generally, you'd hope that the players lighting it up at your development camp would be members of the organization. Unfortunately for the Canucks, they weren't coming into the tournament with a particularly impressive forward group. It's important to note that they have some players that weren't able to compete and that many of their young forwards have already graduated to the NHL, though. The prospect depth at forward is still worrisome, but the Young Stars roster made it look worse than it is.
September 20 2016 11:00AM
The Canucks have a centre depth problem, roster and pipeline alike. In an era where most teams elect to dress five or sometimes six natural centres, the Canucks will likely carry no more than four on their opening night roster.
Vancouver's showing at the annual Young Stars Tournament in Penticton has only served to highlight that organizational deficiency. The team wasn't expected to boast an electric group of forwards to begin with, but the late withdrawal of Dmitry Zhukenov only added to that problem. The youngsters acquitted themselves well over the weekend, but much of that was courtesy of invited players like Marc-Olivier Roy, Alexis D'Aoust and Kyle Maksimovich -- players that, for now, aren't even Canucks property.