August 31 2015 05:37PM
The Vancouver Canucks have released their roster for the 2015 Young Stars tournament in Penticton, ending months of nail-biting anticipation for some pf your
least favourite bloggers! There's a couple of familiar faces, along with some less-than-familiar ones to boot.
Catch you on the other side of jump, to break it all down.
August 31 2015 11:00AM
Things have come full circle for Hunter Shinkaruk, at least as far as the prospect profiles are concerned. The talented winger was fifth in our organizational prospect rankings in his first year with the Vancouver Canucks and has since returned to the exact same place where he started, only now he's in his third year with the organization.
Selected 24th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Canucks were all too eager to end this highly productive junior's slide. Given that many expected Shinkaruk's name to be off the board by the tenth selection, this pick fit the profile of fallen stars selected in the first round from the latter years of the Mike Gillis regime.
Shinkaruk checks in at fifth in our annual prospect rankings.
August 31 2015 09:37AM
Acquired in a mid-season trade with the Florida Panthers, Ed Jovanovski joined Vancouver in the formative years of their rebuild towards the West Coast Express era of Canucks hockey.
Part of a deal which involved seven pieces in total, Jovanovski left Florida (where he was selected first overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft) alongside a first-round selection, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes and Dave Gagner; the cost was hefty, with Vancouver dealing Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican, Brad Ference and a third-round selection.
The table was set for a very successful seven years with the Vancouver Canucks. Lets take a trip down memory lane, why don't we?
August 28 2015 02:29PM
Given this, we've a constant body of work with which to observe when assigning Bieksa's place among the all-time greats along the Canucks blue line. Frankly, it's an impressive resume which spans a decade and includes some awesome memories along the way.
August 27 2015 04:00PM
It is often said that the light that burns twice as bright, lasts half as long. One could certainly argue as much for Igor Larionov in his briefest of stays with the Vancouver Canucks, between 1989-92.
Part of a package deal which included Vladimir Krutov, the Canucks essentially paid their way into acquiring their talents despite selecting the duo several years prior in the later rounds of the NHL Entry Draft. For the Canucks, their inclusion represented a philosophical shift away from north-south hockey into a more lateral and cerebral game. They also marked some of the earlier pieces in the Russian invasion in the years leading up to the collapse of the Soviet Union.