January 18 2017 09:49PM
Dmitry Zhukenov is a player that many in this space expected a leap forward from this season. Perhaps no one more so than yours truly.
Playing in his second year with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, Zhukenov's failed to build on a strong if unspectacular start to his North American career. Playing in the Sagueneens' top six, Zhukenov has 37 points in 39 games. For Zhukenov to start to impress upon us his long-term NHL prospects, he's going to have to start translating his high-end hockey sense and awareness into tangible production.
For now, though, Zhukenov checks out as the tenth ranked prospect in the Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings. Exactly where he was when we last checked in.
January 18 2017 01:00PM
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The trade deadline is about as fun as it gets, no matter what your affiliation with the sport is. If you can book the time off work or school, it's appointment viewing. If you can't book the time off either, you're suddenly struck ill -- if you catch my drift.
It certainly doesn't hurt that the leading Canadian sports networks hype it up for months in advance. Nobody is more active with their cabal of insiders as TSN, though, and they're already sending the frenzied season of roster activity into second gear.
We're still about a month and a half away from the deadline, but that hasn't stopped TSN from releasing their trade bait board. You can find Alexandre Burrows smack dab in the teens too. So let's dive in.
January 16 2017 11:00AM
Well, we're running the Monday Mailbag on a Monday this time around. That's a good start. Who knows, maybe I can provide more entertainment value here than the Canucks and Devils last night.
That's not a terribly high bar to clear, but I want to keep things realistic. Let's put theory into practice. It's question time -- answering time, rather.
January 11 2017 08:00PM
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The Canucks took a savvy, cost-free step towards infusing a blend of youth and skill into their lineup last week when they broke from the company line to place a successful waiver claim on Reid Boucher.
They've left us waiting for the second shoe to drop since, as the Canucks have kept Boucher from their lineup in the three games they've had access to the 23-year-old. Boucher is perfectly healthy, and unlike the situation that befell him and the Canucks ahead of last Wednesday's game, he has a full compliment of gear with which to play. So what gives?
January 11 2017 11:00AM
Better late than never, right? That's the hope for this week, as I bring you the Canucks Army Monday Mailbag two days later than usual on this glorious Wednesday. My apologies, but technical difficulties made getting this out in time for Monday an unusually difficult task to say the least. With that, let's dive right in.