The Canucks in 2013-14: A Fantasy Hockey Preview

Jeff Angus
August 29 2013 11:45AM


What was a common sight last season, is no more (Image via Jeff Vinnick)

The month of September is almost upon us. That means training camp, strained groins, players in the “best shape of their lives,” and of course, hockey pool drafts! Who doesn't love a good fantasy?

It will be interesting to see how the Vigneault-for-Tortorella swap impacts the offensive production of the players on this team. Do the Sedins continue to see a close-to 70% offensive zone start rate? Do any of the depth forwards step up into the top-six? Which defensemen will play on the two power play units?

The answers to these burning questions (as well as a few more) are available after the jump.

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Prospect Profile: #4 Nicklas Jensen

Jeff Angus
August 27 2013 11:53AM


Image via Matthew Henderson

Nicklas Jensen sure did rack up the frequent flyer miles in 2012-13. Jensen left his OHL club in Oshawa to join AIK of the Swedish Elite League, a move that was “supported” by the Canucks. He then went on to play in both the AHL and NHL after his SEL season concluded.

While competing in Sweden, Jensen produced at a very impressive rate for his age. The power winger has a bevy of impressive attributes, and he got a small taste of NHL action last year. But how far off is he from sticking around for good?

Read on past the jump for more.

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Prospect Profile: #9 Henrik Tommernes

Jeff Angus
August 20 2013 09:57AM


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Henrik Tommernes isn’t your typical prospect. For one, he turned 23 this past summer, making him significantly older than most players on this list. And for two, he has five years of experience playing in a professional hockey league.

Tommernes didn’t crack our top 20 last year (in what could be seen as a slight oversight), but he places in the top 10 this year for a few reasons.

Read on to find out what they are.

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Prospect Profile: #12 Alexandre Grenier

Jeff Angus
August 15 2013 10:16AM


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To say that Alexandre Grenier has followed an unconventional developmental path since he was drafted by the Canucks in 2011 would be a bit of an understatement.

The lanky winger has played in four different leagues over the past two seasons – the QMJHL, Austria’s top pro league, the AHL, and the ECHL. Where will be suit up this coming season? And, more importantly, where does he stand as a prospect within this organization?

Read on for more.

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The Constraints of a $64.3 Million Salary Cap in 2013-14

Jeff Angus
August 13 2013 11:15AM

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The Canucks were one of the teams most affected by the reduced salary cap for this coming season (one of the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement that was signed back in January).

How has the salary cap affected Mike Gillis (and what he has been able to do) this summer? How will it affect some of the potential training camp battles which are looming? Let’s take a look.

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