Filler: Looking back at some of the Canucks' best scorers

Blake Murphy
August 29 2013 11:52AM


There's been a lot of talk about the future around these parts lately. With today being an off day for the prospect series and the top TWO prospects coming at you tomorrow, I figured the hole in the schedule today would be an appropriate time to look backwards.

I recently queried all of Hockey Reference's player season data going back to 1942, creating the most cumbersome Excel file in existence. While I have longer term plans for what to do with that data, for today I kept it simple - I tried to identify the top Canuck seasons in history when adjusted for league scoring context.

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How Deep Down the Depth Chart does John Tortorella Go?

Blake Murphy
August 12 2013 11:03AM

Image via Sporting News

New Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella has a reputation for coaching a physical style, specifically one that involves a lot of shot blocking. During the team's summer summit a few weeks ago, he let his thoughts on the matter be known: 

"We talk about shot blocking a lot. I think it's part of good defense, and trying to get the puck back. We saw it happen in New York - I think the whole team takes on the mindset of trying to be a harder team to play against. That's the proper way to play."

One would think if that were the case, Tortorella’s teams would often go deeper on the depth chart than an average team. After all, shot blocking can take a physical toll, as can playing a more physical brand of hockey. A large number of players used could also indicate a coach with a short leash and little patience for mistakes.

Read on for more about Tortorella's usage of depth players.

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Shinkaruk, Horvat and Gaunce Invited to WJHC Camp

Blake Murphy
July 29 2013 02:59PM


There are very few pictures available for public use. This guy's name is Bo, so I went with him. 

I have no doubts that Brendan Gaunce and Bo Horvat will eventually be the Tag Team Champions of the world, so the picture above comes without pause. I tried to somehow pun their names into a Franklin & Bash photo, but that didn't work either. Instead, that's "Bo Dallas" in his wrestling underwear. Sorry.

Anyway, Gaunce and Horvat will be getting a big chance to impress in early August, as both have been named to Team Canada's World Junior Development Camp roster. Horvat was named before the draft (the London Knights pimped it here) and Gaunce's addition was announced per a team press release in late June. Hunter Shinkaruk will also be attending. These items have been a bit under the radar but with the camp starting soon it's worth talking about.

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Alex Edler Likely Suspended for Part of Olympics

Blake Murphy
July 29 2013 01:40PM


 This knees.

Back on May 16 during the World Hockey Championships, Alex Edler hammered Eric Staal with a brutal looking knee-on-knee hit. On the 17th, the IIHF handed down an open-ended suspension, one that was to be for the remainder of the tournament and...ellipses. There was no closing date to his suspension.

Now that the NHL and IOC have an agreement in place for NHL players to participate in the 2014 Sochi Games, the situation needs to be sorted out. That's why Edler recently had a hearing with the IIHF Disciplinary Committee, one that doesn't seem to have gone well for the 6'3" lefty.

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Should Alex Burrows Drop to the Second Line?

Blake Murphy
July 16 2013 12:25PM


Last week in this space, Jeff Angus broke down the current forward crop. Obviously it’s early, and he said as much, but something caught my eye when he drew up the potential top-six:


Putting Zack Kassian with the Sedins rather than Alex Burrows is a pretty major change. After all, Burrows played over 400 even strength minutes with the twins this past season while Kassian played just north of 100.

I wanted to take a look and see how this may impact the top two lines if Angus’ intuition is correct.

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