August 09 2013 11:16AM
Image via Matthew Henderson
Joe Cannata checked in at number 10 on these rankings last year. Was his first year as a professional disappointing enough to bump him down six spots on this list? Perhaps it was, but as we have seen over the last year-and-a-half, goaltenders simply aren’t as valued as they once were across the NHL.
And this goaltender valuation includes prospects. Cannata does have NHL upside and a solid pedigree, considering the fact that he was a sixth round draft pick back in 2009.But will he ever play any meaningful games for the Canucks? And if so… when, exactly?
Let’s take a closer look at the former Merrimack College standout.
August 07 2013 12:10PM
Zack Kassian seems to be trying out some new stretching techniques, apparently
Dave Orton is an Ontario-based strength coach who works with elite athletes across a number of sports, including MMA, football, lacrosse, and hockey. This summer is the second straight year that he has trained Zack Kassian. I first caught up with Orton a few months ago to talk about Zack's first summer at his gym.
Read on for our more recent interview, where we talk about Zack's thoughts on Tortorella, where his fitness level is at, and a lot more.
July 25 2013 10:08AM
Roberto Luongo switched representation on Wednesday. What can we make of this?
Image via Wikimedia Commons.
There aren’t many (or any, really) members of the Vancouver media who have a better read on the state of the Canucks than Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy. Murphy offered his take yesterday on Luongo changing agents just days after meeting with Mike Gillis. As he wrote at the beginning of his post, “Why would a guy with nine years left on his contract fire his agent?”
Let’s try to figure it out, shall we? Read on for more.
July 23 2013 01:46PM
Frank Corrado - Wikicommons
Defenseman Frank Corrado was a pleasant surprise after he was called up to the NHL late in the 2013 regular season. In three games with Vancouver, Corrado averaged over nineteen minutes of ice time per contest. And in the four game sweep against the San Jose Sharks, he averaged 12:19 per game.
Let’s assume, for a second, that Corrado comes to town this fall and has a strong training camp. What should the Canucks do with him? Do they play him 13-15 minutes per night as a bottom pairing defenseman? Do they try and find more ice time for him? Is he used as the seventh defenseman? Or do they send him down to Utica to play as a number one defenseman in all situations?
July 18 2013 10:49AM
Jannik Hansen - Wikimedia Commons
286. That is the number of players who were selected ahead of Jannik Hansen at the 2004 NHL Draft, back when the draft was nine rounds long. Hansen quickly turned out to be quite the find by the Canucks scouts, adapting seamlessly to the North American game in the WHL with Portland in 2005-06.
Hansen went on to have a very good season as a 21-year-old in the AHL, recording 21 goals and 43 points with Manitoba in only 50 games. He would go on to play a few more AHL games over the next couple of years, but by 2008 he had established himself as a full time NHL player.
And he has only continued to get better year after year.