May 03 2012 07:33AM
The majority of Vancouver’s top prospects have wrapped up their 2011- 12 campaigns. The organizational depth in goal is stronger than it has been at any point in franchise history, and there are some intriguing names both on defense and at forward too. How does the Canucks prospect group stack up heading in to the offseason? In Part one of this two part look at the organization’s best, I’ll reveal my top five.
To clarify, my cut-off for prospects is 25 NHL games of experience for skaters, and 25 games of NHL experience for goaltenders. I took many factors into consideration – risk and reward, the estimated time of arrival, potential fit on the 2012-13 roster, and more.
April 26 2012 08:21AM
There is no shortage of relevant Canucks topics to discuss right now. Planning for the summer and beyond seems a tad premature, as does writing a eulogy for Roberto Luongo as a Canuck. Will Mason Raymond be back? Much to the chagrin of many, I’ll say yes. What happens to Keith Ballard? Do the Canucks address the lack of a playmaker on the second line? Who do they build the third line around? The answers to these questions will come in due time.
April 20 2012 10:42AM
The Canucks played a near-perfect road game on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. That they received stellar goaltending from Cory Schneider certainly helped, as did all-world performances from Daniel and Henrik. However, the Kings were the better team through forty minutes, and the Canucks will be hard-pressed to win another three straight against them. To sound cliché, taking it “one game at a time” is exactly how this situation must be looked at. With that in mind, how can the Canucks improve on their performance for game five on Sunday night?
April 13 2012 09:07AM
The Canucks were thoroughly outclassed in game one by a bigger, more physical, and much more disciplined Kings squad. Thankfully the series is a best-of-seven and not a best-of-one. The Canucks are in a hole, but they've got time to stem the tide and there were some bright spots on Wednesday (Jannik Hansen was sensational, as was Roberto Luongo). But there are also a number of issues to iron out if the team hopes to level the series before heading to Los Angeles on the weekend.
Read past the jump to find out what they are.
April 05 2012 09:07AM
During the course of the season, I've tried to bring attention to several less heralded prospects in Vancouver’s system. That trend continues today with a profile on Niagara Ice Dog and 2010 6th round draft pick, center Alex Friesen.