October 29 2012 12:56PM
Like Fernando told us, it's more important to look good than to feel good.
With a little help from Alexandra Grant of Vancouver fashion blog To Vogue or Bust, we've got some advice for players who have lost access to their team-provided style experts (in the Canucks case, that roll is filled by Manny Malhotra). Booking ice time at the local public arena can be a scary enough experience, but dealing with the hordes of fans who will be scrutinizing your every public move - possibly even trying to join you in everything you do - it all can get a little scary. You want to look professional and sharp.
So for any professional, locked out hockey players reading this - we're here to help (well Alex really, I only asked some questions).
October 29 2012 08:36AM
Yes, young Anton - SHOOT! (Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
Everyone knows how the Red Wings know how to draft and how to develop those draft picks. In case that's ever forgotten, watching the Grand Rapids Griffins is a good reminder of this fact. It's a lineup that features talent from top to bottom, even if they haven't had the greatest start to the season.
The Wolves themselves have shown that they can score, but the powerplay remained an issue. The goaltending has been there, but the penalty killing has been inconsistent to say the least.
The Wolves' powerplay actually clicked for once, but the penalty kill couldn't keep the puck out of the net at the end of the game, as the Griffins grabbed the victory 3-2 in overtime.
On to the game...
October 22 2012 09:49AM
Going into the 1970 expansion draft, the Canucks were certain of one thing: they were going to be a hard-working team. They had three years of evidence in front of them to gauge what it took to be a successful expansion team, but placed in a very tough division and with draft rules stacked against them, the challenge to ice a winning team was huge.
What they were to be was an aggressive, hustling team, with flashes of skill here and there. Even after the draft the team's general manager, Bud Poile, acknowledged the challenge ahead, telling the Sun after the draft, 'we may not win many games but we'll win a lot of fights.'
And he would be right. When it came to building the team first version of the NHL Canucks, Poile and his staff never stood a chance.
October 20 2012 01:25PM
Anton Rodin is stronger, more confident and playing with Zack Kassian. (Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
A constantly rampaging Zack Kassian would be at the top of most Canucks fans' must-happen lists; they got a glimpse of just that player on Friday night. In an exciting, back and forth encounter with their Calgary Flames compatriots, the Canucks' minor leaguers came out on top, winning 3-2 in a shoot out.
Most observers have predicted that the NHL lockout would have a positive effect on the AHL's level of play; hockey fans got more than a glimpse of that on Friday, as both teams played tight defence, strong transition games and impressive puck movement. It was a great advertisement for how much value a fan can get for his money in Abbotsford.
Click on past the jump for notes and some data...
October 17 2012 02:56PM
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