Benning's moves don't match his declared direction, and that's okay

Josh W
September 18 2015 12:19PM

Not everybody agrees with the general mindset of Canucks Army. I think that goes without saying. For example, look at Jake Virtanen; those who disagree with us are quick to point out that we dislike him. This isn't actually true - we like him, believe he'll be a good player, and hope that he'll develop into what's expected of him.

Our issue with a Virtanen isn't the player himself, but what he represents: bad decision making and incomplete thought processes. When he was drafted, it appeared that the Canucks left safer bets with higher upside on the board due to secondary perception. As the great philosopher Batman once said, a symbol is incorruptible and everlasting.

We do our best on this site to be analytical in our thoughts, and we try to judge the processes rather than the result itself. So when Jim Benning states that he wants to "retool on the fly", we're going to take that at face value and assess his choices in that context. If he stated he was opting for a full-on, tank-centred rebuild, we'd probably be bigger fans of the process so far.

In fact, let's engage in a thought experiment. Let's pretend that the on-the-fly talk is just for PR, and assess what the team has done from the perspective of an attempt at a "bottoming out" rebuild. This involves trading players with value as soon as possible, being bad for a few years, drafting high, and then developing your own core. How do Benning's decisions look under that mindset?

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Canucks Young Stars Tournament Game 2 #fancystats

Josh W
September 14 2015 12:18AM

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Ain't no party like a CanucksArmy party (hey, ho... hey, ho). 

The Young Stars tournament is in full swing (actually it's almost over, tomorrow's doubleheader marks the end of the tournament) and as you may know the team at Canucks Army have been covering the weekend. We were live at the first game against the Edmonton McDavid's (with a final score, which I can't recall) and tonight's 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

With our live team of nerds statistics experts at the game, we hand tracked some stats. While one game does not give you much in the way of predictive power, it does provide you with an interesting snapshot into how the teams and individuals performed.

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Get to Know a Prospect: Penticton Invitees

Josh W
September 10 2015 12:52PM

Last week, the Canucks released their roster for the Penticton Young Stars tournament.  The Jerk covered the news quite extensively , but now that some time has passed, we can dissect who has and hasn't been invited to the tournament.

You'll immediately notice that Vancouver's NCAA prospects aren't on the roster. Of course, this is because their chosen route prevents them from participating in professional events, but it's still a shame to not see the likes of Thatcher Demko, Brock Boeser and Mike Williamson in the lineup.

Nikita Tryamkin's absence can likely be explained by the KHL season already being underway.Curtis Valk was not invited, likely due to him being in the process of recovering from injury as he is still recovering from his injury that caused him to miss Prospect Camp. Dane Fox was invited, but Ludwig Blomstrand hasn't as he has fallen out of favour with Canucks management.  Mike Zalewski was invited despite not being re-signed to an NHL contract (but signed to an AHL SPC). Even the Comets' newly-siigned goalie Clay Witt was invited.

With all of that said, who are the new faces?

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profiles 2015: #3 Jared McCann

Josh W
September 02 2015 02:00PM

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Forever associated with the Ryan Kesler trade, and likely the best remaining asset from the deal is our 3rd best prospect in the pool, Jared McCann. The Canucks received Anaheim’s 1st round pick in the trade, which Jim Benning then used on McCann. While there were some questions on this pick at the time, McCann delighted fans with his performance last year. Let’s dig in!

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profiles 2015: #9 Ronalds Kenins

Josh W
August 25 2015 09:51AM

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Bringing us down into the single digits of prospects within the Vancouver Canucks' pool is Ronalds Ķēniņš.  

Kenins is such a good prospect that even his own name is plural. Ronalds Kenins is so sneaky good that in the mid-term review and in last summers review Kenins did not even make the top-20. Quantum leaps forward are possible though when you start the season in the bottom-6 in Utica and end it in the NHL, scoring key playoff goals.

Having seemingly come out of no where, let's continue past the jump to see what we have in this Olympic Latvian.

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