October 30 2011 04:09PM
Editors note: if you missed part I of Jeff's two part series, you can read it here.
In honour of Halloween, here are a few more of the scariest players to don the Orca crest over the past 10 seasons. Scary, of course, has a variety of meanings. For the purposes of this column, it could describe a player’s appearance, his poor play, or the boldness of his eyebrows (spoiler alert).
October 29 2011 10:30AM
In honour of Halloween, here are a few of the scariest players to don the Orca crest over the past 10 seasons. Scary, of course, has a variety of meanings. For the purposes of this column, it could describe a player’s appearance, his lack of quality of play, or the colour of his visor (spoiler alert).
October 27 2011 11:49AM
The Canucks were manhandled physically in the latter stages of the Stanley Cup Final against Boston. As much as the stellar play of Tim Thomas ultimately cost them the Stanley Cup, the constant physical play from Boston completely wore Vancouver down. Only a few short weeks later, the Canucks placed an emphasis on size at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. This drafting strategy may have just been by coincidence, but I think the two (losing to a bigger team and picking big players) had something in common. With the 101st pick, Vancouver picked Joseph LaBate, a rangy 6’4” center from the much-heralded Minnesota high school hockey system.
October 20 2011 09:47AM
The Canucks have been an inconsistent team through the first six games of the season. Many had predicted a slow start based on the short summer and the injury issues with several key players. There have been a few positive stories to come out in the early weeks, as well as some potentially alarming trends that are emerging. The Stanley Cup isn’t won or lost in October, but points are points.
October 13 2011 09:49AM
Though Vancouver hasn’t had much success at the draft table with regards to defensemen in the past decade (save for 2004 and Alex Edler), they have accumulated a decent list of young blue-liners in recent years through the draft and free agency. Though the argument could be made that, recently drafted or signed prospects haven’t had time to allow for the “shine” to wear off yet...
Looking at the current defensive roster, there are two defensemen drafted by the team (Edler and Bieksa), and five acquired through free agency or trade (Hamhuis, Ballard, Alberts, Salo, Rome, and Tanev). Drafting young talent is always important, but lately the organization has placed an importance on scouring overage prospects to sign, as well.
I am going to speak about two young defensemen who the organization acquired this past summer – one signed from Sweden, and another picked in the 5th round of 2011 NHL Entry Draft.