November 03 2016 09:00AM
For a player that's been under the magnifying glass since the age of 16, Horvat remains somewhat of an enigma. His bull-rushes and inside-outside moves have enthralled Vancouverites over the past two years, as he's firmly planted himself in fan favourite territory, but there still seems to be little consensus on just what exactly the Canucks have in the young centreman.
It's pretty clear at this point that the Canucks landed an impact forward when they selected Horvat with their first-round pick in 2013, but over three years later there remains some debate about what his ceiling is, what role he's best suited for, and even what his strengths and weaknesses are.
November 02 2016 08:57PM
The Canucks embarked on what will be their longest road trip of the year, heading to the Bell Centre to take on a Habs team that was undefeated in regulation. The Canucks played a strong game, mounting shot after shot against the Canadiens, but they simply couldn't beat Carey Price, who stopped all 42 shots he faced. The effort was there, but after two quick goals in the second period from Phillip Danault and Torrey Mitchell, you couldn't help but sense that the bounces just weren't going to go their way.
November 02 2016 03:00PM
Pierre LeBrun sent ripples through Canucks twitter yesterday when he reported that The Canucks are seeking to acquire a 20-goal scorer.
This development shouldn't be a shock, considering secondary scoring has been a topic of conversation since early in the offseason. It's perhaps a little surprising that it took them less than a month into the regular season to decide their lineup isn't working for them.
October 23 2016 10:09PM
When we look back on the 2016-17 season, we may very well say that October 23rd was the night the Canucks came back down to earth. It was the same script we've seen before. The Canucks were down after two periods and began to mount a comeback in the third. Unfortunately, tonight we got a more realistic ending, as the Canucks' hopes were dashed and they fell to 4-1-1.
October 19 2016 06:21PM
It's clear that the Canucks are intent on competing for the playoffs while also acquiring and developing young talent for the future. What's less clear, at times, is which of the two takes priority over the other. Since even the most optimistic of prognosticators wouldn't describe the Canucks as a "win-now" team, I'd imagine it would have to be the latter.