Headshots: October 5th

Jeff Angus
October 05 2012 03:10PM

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Jordan Schroeder: Knocking on the Door

Jeff Angus
October 04 2012 10:41AM

Jordan Schroeder has received a lot of coverage at CanucksArmy over the past year or so. He is one of the top prospects in the organization, and with Kesler out of the lineup until December, would have been given every opportunity to earn a roster spot at Canucks training camp this year.

He slipped a bit in his draft year amid concerns over size (or lack thereof) and attitude (apparently a few of his pre-draft interviews didn’t go all that well).

Fast forward three years and Schroeder is now entering his third year of pro hockey, and is being counted on to play big minutes for the Chicago Wolves. I spoke to Minnesota Wild strength and conditioning coach Kirk Olson earlier this week, and Schroeder is one of a handful of pro hockey players that Olson works with each summer (others include Zach Parise, Drew Stafford, Derek Stepan, and Kyle Okposo).

Olson gave me some really good insights on Schroeder’s development both on and off the ice.

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Cain is Able: Franson's Breakout Continues

Jeff Angus
September 29 2012 10:50AM

 

With three goals in the first three games of the season, Vancouver Giants forward Cain Franson is already reaping the rewards of another summer of hard work. The third-year forward has gone from a frequent healthy scratch to a vital part of the Giants roster in less than two years.

What makes Franson relevant to the Canucks? Well, for one, he is undrafted. And secondly, he spent this past summer with the Canucks at their annual prospect development camp. He didn’t stand out, but he didn’t look out of place, either. For Franson to earn an NHL contract in the future he has to continue to add size and strength to his lanky 6-0, 170 pound frame (and he has had to work his butt off to get to 170 pounds).

Would he be someone the Canucks look at next summer?

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Headshots: September 28th

Jeff Angus
September 28 2012 06:44PM

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you're written a blogpost, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Jason Garrison’s Rise from Obscurity

Jeff Angus
September 27 2012 10:39AM

 

It isn’t often that a forward playing Junior B hockey at the age of 17 develops into a top four NHL defenseman. Don’t tell that to Jason Garrison, though. Most hockey fans had little idea who he was before the 2011-12 season, unless they were a fan of the Florida Panthers or happened to stumble upon James Mirtle’s 2011 column on the top defensive defensemen around the league.

Scoring 16 goals in 2011-12 changed all of that. Garrison was one of the most sought after UFAs this past summer. He rose from relative obscurity to sign a six-year deal worth $4.6 million per season in a little over two years. How, exactly, did he do it?

Read on past the jump to find out.

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