Selling Nope: The Unfortunate Optics Of The Jim Benning Regime

Jackson McDonald
June 29 2016 11:00AM

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It's an oft-repeated adage in the NHL that to succeed from a business standpoint, you must either sell wins or hope. If that's the case, then this was a tough season for Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning.

The embattled Canucks architect threw gasoline on his critics fire, doing little to shake the notion that he's a scout in way over his head. A notion berthed last season as the Canucks defiantly made moves to continue business as usual, avoiding a long-term rebuild and the growing pains therein.

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Canucks Select Jakob Stukel 154th Overall

Jackson McDonald
June 25 2016 11:39AM

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With the 154th overall pick, the Canucks have selected Surrey native Jakob Stukel, a winger for the WHL's Calgary Hitmen. 

Stukel was ranked 82nd among North American skaters by Central Scouting and 194th by ISS, so his ranking is generally in line with what you'd expect from a sixth-round selection. 

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Why Taking A Forward At #5 Is The Right Move For The Canucks

Jackson McDonald
June 24 2016 03:00PM

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*Author's Note: This article makes extensive use of the Prospect Graduation Probabilties System (pGPS). To learn more about pGPS, you can read our introductory post.

Now that the draft lottery has long passed, and the Canucks are guaranteed to pick fifth overall, all eyes have turned towards the draft, and which player the Canucks will select with their first round pick. 

Ever since the Canucks found themselves in lottery territory, it's appeared as though Benning has intended to take a forward at that spot. In spite of somewhat contradicting statements in the past, however, Benning indicated yesterday that he believes there is a "clear cut defenseman" that has separated himself from the pack.

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Canucks Army Free Agent Profiles: Tomas Fleischmann

Jackson McDonald
June 24 2016 02:14PM

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Tomas Fleischmann was a casualty of last year's relatively flat salary cap, beginning the season by signing a PTO with the Montreal Canadiens. He earned a spot out of training camp, and was an integral part of their unbelievable start to the season, scoring 10 points in his first 13 games with the club. Unfortunately for him, his production would dry up along with the rest of the team, and it would take him another 44 games for him to match that total. He was subsequently traded to the Chicago Blackhawks along with teammate Dale Weise, where he was mostly an afterthought and was a healthy scratch for the final three games of the Blackhawks' series against St. Louis. 

The end of Fleischmann's season wasn't a memorable one, but he's still a useful player. Will the Canucks be interested? We'll take a look after the jump.

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Canucks Army Free Agent Profiles: Lee Stempniak

Jackson McDonald
June 23 2016 01:00PM

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Lee Stempniak is as well-traveled an NHLer as you're going to find on the open market, having played for nine different teams in the span of his ten-year career. In spite of all that movement, he's quietly been a very effective producer of offence for the majority of his career. 

After toiling away for a number of years as a bottom-six piece in Calgary, Pittsburgh, New York, and Winnipeg, Stempniak had something of a renaissance season in 2015-16. After joining the New Jersey Devils on a PTO, he would go on to lead the team in scoring for much of the season before being traded at the deadline for a third consecutive time. 

After a brief period of relative obscurity, Stempniak's name will be back on the radar come July 1st. His production last season has earned him a sizeable raise from the cap hit of $850,000 he boasted in 2015-16, but he'll still be a relatively cheap option who should have plenty of suitors once free agency begins.

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