September 18 2013 11:11AM
In the preseason opener, Hunter Shinkaruk impressed. Can he keep it going? (Image via Darryl Dyck )
The second of six preseason games for the Canucks goes tonight, as the Edmonton Oilers come to town. There were some positives to take away from the Monday night opener, including the other 1st rounder, Hunter Shinkaruk, who lit the lamp in impressive fashion.
I was in the building on that night, and as you may have expected, the crowd was scattered and relatively disinterested. It was probably a combination of being the first preseason game, manly notable Canucks not being in the lineup, and the game quickly becoming lopsided in San Jose's favour.
I'd expect both the crowd, and the level of play to be improved tonight. Read on past the jump for the expected lineup, and some more notes in advance of the game.
September 17 2013 10:59AM
Dan Hamhuis' perpertual sadness is finally starting to make sense.
Putting together a rankings list is a pretty thankless job. It's far from an exact science - it's subjective, for the most part - meaning that everyone will have differing opinions and beliefs as to how the list should look. But that doesn't mean that they aren't fun to do, because they definitely are. They can lead to good discussion and provoke thought that may not have been had otherwise. We know a thing or two about publishing rankings around these parts.
Anyways, in an attempt to get people ready for the looming NHL season, a team of hockey analysts working under the banner of the worldwide leader in sports has been charged with ranking the best players in the league by position. So far their Top 50 defensemen and Top 25 goaltenders have been revealed. There are some things I take issue with on each list, and conveniently enough, they're Canucks-related.
Read on past the jump for the lists.
September 16 2013 01:42PM
Hockey is back, baby! (Image via Ian Lindsay )
It may just be the preseason, but it's still something, you guys. Hockey is officially back in Vancouver, as the Canucks kick off their preseason schedule - which features 6 games, 4 of which will be in the friendly confines of Rogers Arena - when they play host to the San Jose Sharks tonight.
Read on past the jump for a preview of tonight's action, including some news and notes on the line combinations we can expect.
September 16 2013 10:40AM
Is Bo Horvat ready to stick in the NHL? What does history tell us?
Image via The Chronicle.
It seems that with each passing day, more and more people are talking themselves into Bo Horvat being the answer to the Canucks' "riddle down the middle" on the 3rd line. I think that at this point it has as much to do with the lack of other intriguing options as it has to do with anything about Bo Horvat.
Brad Richardson. Jordan Schroeder. Mike Santorelli. Not exactly a list of names that inspires a ton of confidence in having the ability to fill an important role on the team. Especially a team whose fans have become conditioned to expect wins. Horvat is obviously a highly touted prospect, who is not only the new shiny toy in town, but also by all accounts plays a style of two-way hockey that could easily endear him to coach John Tortorella.
But is Horvat actually a realistic option to not only make the team, but stick in a 3rd line role? What does history tell us?
Read on past the jump for more.
September 13 2013 03:31PM
Ryan Kesler said something interesting on Friday afternoon.
Training camp for the Vancouver Canucks continued today with the team competing in their first scrimmage at Rogers Arena, as fans watched on from the stands. Speaking of the fans, don't the adults in attendance have jobs? And shouldn't the kids be at school? I digress.
Afterwards, Ryan Kesler and Eddie Lack provided the media with some choice quotes, while the whole John Tortorella/Twitter thing inexplicably continues to have legs.
Some pertinent links regarding all of those stories, plus more, just past the jump.