For Hutton to become a big shot on the blueline, Canucks need him to shoot more

Jeff Paterson
April 05 2016 11:00AM

When it comes to improving at the National Hockey League level, Ben Hutton wants to give it his best shot. 

For the impressive rookie defenseman that will include a summer spent working on the way he unloads the puck. Hutton doesn’t believe the Vancouver Canucks have seen his best shot, yet.  

The issue isn’t so much the shot itself as it is when and how Hutton uses it.

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Bo would go if Canada calls for the World Championship

Jeff Paterson
April 03 2016 09:45AM

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With just four games remaining on their 2015-16 schedule, the end is near for the Vancouver Canucks. Bo Horvat, however, isn’t ready to call it a season just yet. 

For a while now the Canucks have been resigned to the fact they won’t be part of the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring, but Horvat is holding out hope there is hockey to be played and he's prepared to answer the call of his country should he be selected for Team Canada at the upcoming World Hockey Championship in Russia.

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Candid Hansen not convinced he'll score the goal he needs to reach 20

Jeff Paterson
March 30 2016 08:09AM

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One shot, once chance, one lucky bounce is all Jannik Hansen needs to score his 20th goal of the season. Hell, he’d take an empty netter if the Vancouver Canucks were ever in position to extend a lead. 

With just six games to go the Canucks are in the midst of a late-season collapse. They've been unable to mount much in the way of an offensive push and Hansen isn’t convinced he’s going to get the single goal he needs to reach the 20-goal milestone for the first time in his eighth National Hockey League season.

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More than one way to the bottom of the standings

Jeff Paterson
March 25 2016 09:00AM

With each loss in this seemingly endless tailspin of a season for the Vancouver Canucks, comparisons are made to the last time things were this bad for the organization. That was 1998-99: a season that saw Mike Keenan fired, Brian Burke and Marc Crawford hired, Pavel Bure traded and ultimately led to the Canucks landing Daniel and Henrik Sedin in the draft. It’s fair to say that was the most eventful six months in the nearly 50-year history of the hockey club.

This season has hardly held such drama, yet the on-ice results are so similar. If misery does love company, these two versions of the Vancouver Canucks are a perfect match although it proves there is more than one way to the bottom.

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How Andrey Pedan is making his case for a full-time NHL job

Jeff Paterson
March 21 2016 08:50AM

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Halfway through the interview in his stall in the Vancouver Canucks locker room, Andrey Pedan is interrupted by a tap on the shoulder from Nikita Tryamkin. There seems to be some confusion about workout gear.

Tryamkin is supposed to pack for an upcoming road trip, but there's a communication gap between the newest Canucks player and the team’s training staff. So Pedan excuses himself, settles the issue and apologizes for the interruption.

Such is life for Pedan these days. He’s a full time National Hockey League prospect, part-time translator and security blanket for his new teammate. Whatever it takes to stay and play at this level, Pedan is willing to do his part. He wants Tryamkin to feel as comfortable as possible in his new surroundings, but Pedan, too, wants to feel right at home here. This is where he wants to be next season -- and for years to come -- and he’s hoping this late season audition gives Canucks management a true indication of his readiness to play in the NHL.

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