What Would You Do Wednesday: Who Should Willie Desjardins Scratch?

Rhys Jessop
March 18 2015 11:00AM

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It's time again for a mid-week favourite: What Would You Do, where we put you in charge of the Vancouver Canucks and ask you to figure out how to solve a problem facing the team in the comments section. This week, we're going to look at a looming conundrum for Willie Desjardins: once every forward is healthy once again for the Canucks, just who would you sit in the pressbox?

So what would you do in Willie's shoes? Read past the jump to join the discussion!

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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 10: Goalies Are Voodoo

Rhys Jessop
March 17 2015 11:00AM

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On this week's episode, Rhys and Garret talk about Michael Hutchinson's recent struggles, Jacob Markstrom's inability to make the NHL transition, the Canucks signing of prospect Ben Hutton, Corey Pronman's trolling of Rhys, and some Alberta Major Bantam talk to top it all off. Join us on the other side of the break to listen!

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Canucks Army Postgame: Leaft in the Dust

Rhys Jessop
March 14 2015 09:00PM

Even though the Toronto Maple Leafs are embracing the tank so thoroughly that they drove a Panzer squadron to the rink and have allegedly hired Georgy Zhukov to oversee the rest of the season, games against the Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada are rarely lacking in entertainment. Tonight was no exception, as the Canucks skated to a 4-1 lead and masterfully trolled Dion Phaneuf too while they were at it. 

For a look at tonight's events, read past the jump.

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Why undrafted free agent Ashton Sautner is an intriguing gamble for the Canucks

Rhys Jessop
March 14 2015 02:30PM

On Friday evening, the Canucks unexpectedly dipped into the CHL free agent pool, landing Edmonton Oil Kings captain and second leading defensive scorer Ashton Sautner to a three-year entry level contract. 

Sautner, 20, was a major contributor to Edmonton's Memorial Cup run last season, playing a top-four role on the best puck possession team in the entire CHL, and now has two consecutive very strong WHL seasons under his belt.

Still, Sautner is an over-age player this season, and we know that 20-year olds playing in a teenager's league generally look better than they actually turn out to be, so he's an interesting gamble for Jim Benning to make.

So what do the Canucks have in Sautner? Read past the jump to find out.

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Six Player to Watch in the 2016 CHL Top Prospects Game

Rhys Jessop
March 14 2015 09:00AM

Yesterday afternoon, the CHL announced that the 2016 CHL top prospects game had been awarded to Vancouver, meaning that all the best and brightest first-time draft eligible stars will gather at the Pacific Coliseum on January 28th for the CHL's draft eligible version of an all-star game.

This will be the first time that Vancouver has hosted the event since then Vancouver Giants superstar Gilbert Brule scored a hat-trick and added an assist on his home ice to earn prospects game MVP honours. This time around, Vancouver Giants star-in-the-making Tyler Benson will take centre stage, but will face some stiff competition from his fellow 2016 draft eligible peers.

So just who should we be looking out for? Which current 16-year olds stand the best chance at starring in the NHL in the not-too-distant future? We'll take a look at six budding stars after the jump.

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