Trade Deadline 2013: Finding a Center

Jeff Angus
March 14 2013 10:58AM

The Vancouver Canucks need another center. You know this, I know this, and Mike Gillis knows this.

The club can’t/won’t enter the postseason with Andrew Ebbett or Jordan Schroeder as a top nine center. Assuming Ryan Kesler returns from his broken foot a few weeks before the playoffs start (and that appears to be the likely outcome), who do the Canucks target to center the third line?

Max Lapierre could move up to play there, but he is probably best suited for the fourth line (or at least sharing the ultra-tough line assignments that Alain Vigneault typically gives to his top checking line center).

With all of that being said, who are some centers around the league that the Canucks could realistically target at the trade deadline?

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Matt Calvert the Magician: The OT Goal in Columbus

Jeff Angus
March 09 2013 01:28PM

The Canucks are struggling to score goals right now, and they were on the wrong end of a 2-1 overtime loss in Columbus on Thursday evening. Young winger Matt Calvert picked up the puck in his own zone and made a few Canucks look foolish on his way to scoring the overtime winner.

How could the Canucks have played the goal differently to prevent it? Who was at fault? Read on for more.

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Gambling on Booth Hasn't Paid off for the Canucks

Jeff Angus
March 07 2013 02:33PM


David Booth has no trouble beating defenders. Beating goalies on the other hand...
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David Booth’s tenure with the Canucks has been largely forgettable to date. He has sustained a few injuries, gone through a revolving door of linemates, and suffered from a lack of offensive production.

His underlying numbers (advanced stats) have been pretty good, for the most part, but they have yet to translate into any sustained tangible success (he has a single assist in seven games in 2013). Will Booth break out soon or is he just a shooting% outlier with below average skills for a top-six forward? Is he trade bait? What will the Canucks do with him this summer as they look to cut some salary to fit under the reduced cap?

There are a lot of questions surrounding Booth right now, and not a lot of answers. We'll get into it further after the jump.

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What is Jordan Schroeder's Offensive Upside?

Jeff Angus
March 02 2013 03:30PM

 

If you hadn’t watched a single Canucks game in 2013 and only looked at the numbers, Jordan Schroeder’s rookie season wouldn’t jump out at you. The diminutive center has two goals and five points in 17 games (roughly a 25 point pace over a full 82 game season). He has seen some time on the power play (and he will likely return to the top unit now that Ryan Kesler is out with a broken foot), but his numbers aren’t really all that impressive.

So why are some people (myself included) so bullish on Schroeder and his NHL upside?

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With Kevin Bieksa, the Good Far Outweighs the Bad

Jeff Angus
February 28 2013 01:10PM

Kevin Bieksa has carried many labels during his tenure with the Canucks. At his best, he is a physical and instinctive two-way defenseman who can play on the power play and shut down opposing star forwards.

At his worst, he is an overly aggressive defenseman who goes out of position to make plays, both defensively and offensively.

He has battled through some pretty significant injuries in his career. He has formed one half of two of the best defensive pairings the Canucks have ever seen (with Willie Mitchell for a few seasons, and now with Dan Hamhuis).

Bieksa is also a difficult defenseman to analyze. Why? Read on to find out.

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