September 10 2013 04:47PM
Image via Stephen Dyrgas.
While talking about prospects and thinking about the future has its moments, I'm sure we're all ready to see the familiar faces of the Canucks get back onto the ice and compete. Thankfully, the time for that is rapidly approaching as the team's main training camp is set to kick off tomorrow (Wednesday September 11th). While it's still not quite game action, it certainly provides intrigue as jockeying for open roster spots heats up. Keep in mind that the regular season opener is a measly 22 sleeps away.
Read on past the jump for the roster, and the schedule.
September 10 2013 11:41AM
"Oh, they finally revealed their individual lists?"
Image via Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.
One of my biggest pet peeves in sports is the fact that the voting for awards isn't made public after the fact. I don't know about you, but I'd take it much more seriously if I knew who was voting for what. If you're going to have the right to vote, you should disclose it, own up to it, and face the music (which sounds an awful lot like the inevitable wrath of fans that don't agree with you). So, for the sake of transparency, we're releasing our individual rankings for all to see.
I know, I know, it's long overdue. After all, our series concluded nearly two weeks ago. The plan was to actually hold off on disclosing them until Corey Pronman released his Top 10 for the Canucks. But we couldn't wait any longer. Without further ado, they're being presented to you on the other side of the jump.
September 10 2013 09:15AM
This is a guest post by Joe Pelletier , who runs GreatestHockeyLegends [dot] com . He was in attendance for when the Canucks visited the town of Prince Rupert, and he not only shared the story with us, but snapped up some quality pictures of the event.
The Vancouver Canucks stopped in Prince Rupert, British Columbia for a brief visit on Saturday. The team's veterans - including Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, the Sedin twins, new coach John Tortorella and owner Francesco Aquillini - were en route to an exclusive fishing lodge on Haida Gwaii. The trip is a team building exercise prior to the on-set of training camp.
September 04 2013 10:41AM
Over the past 4 weeks, this platform has played host to the prospect series, where we ranked and profiled what we believed to be the Top 20 prospects in the Canucks system. Throughout the process it became obvious fairly quickly that, while the top-end talent is definitely present, there's not much depth to the pool. The first handful of players that came up were difficult to take seriously considering that most of them will never enjoy a single relevant NHL moment; with my apologies going out to the families of luminaries like Alex Friesen and Yann Sauve, of course.
While we were making our way through the countdown, the name Ludwig Blomstrand kept surfacing time and time again. The curious part of it all was that Blomstrand's name never actually appeared on our actual list, but instead kept being bandied about by readers of the blog in both the comments sections and on Twitter. I found it sort of bizarre, personally, since he hadn't been on my radar at all. In fact, out of our 5 rankers, only 1 - Patrick Johnston, who would probably defend himself were it not for that giant bus currently trampling him - even had Blomstrand in his Top 20. And he had him at number 18.
But at some point, I started to ask myself whether it was possible that this wasn't all some sort of elaborate inside joke. What if, by some odd chance, this cult following that Ludwig Blomstrand had seemingly accrued was actually justified? What if all of the other rankers and I were totally missing something here?
Read on past the jump for more.
September 03 2013 09:29AM
Martin St.Louis was repeatedly passed up in the entry draft because of his small stature. Who else joins him on the All-Undrafted team?
We're roughly a month away from the start of the 2013-14 NHL regular season, which is certainly exciting because I think we're all ready for the return of hockey. However, that also means that time for goofy, random, fun (if you're a hockey nerd like myself) projects is running out.
We just concluded our prospects series at Canucks Army, in which we profiled the Top 20 players in the team's system. That entire project got me thinking about value, and finding different ways to bring quality talent into your organization. While it's nice to get your hands on a top pick, you can't simply rely on that. There's more to it. As a GM, you have to be creative, and willing/able to take a chance on a guy that others didn't because of certain perceived flaws.
Just because a player doesn't get selected in the entry draft doesn't mean that he doesn't have a future in the league. It's why I find it comical when people try to tell you that they know exactly what a prospect will turn out to be. Scouting, and talent evaluation is an inexact science; all we can do is make the best possible educated guess based on the information we have in front of us. Unfortunately, that's usually not enough, and we're wrong far more times than we're right. But that's what makes it fun.
There are plenty of valuable, competent NHL-caliber players that are currently succeeding in the league after having been passed over time and time again by all 30 teams (210 different times, to be exact). Most of the guys listed below were told that they were too small, or too slow, or [generic reason a guy is told he can't succeed]. If there's one thing hockey people seem to have a fetish for, it's a centre with some size to him. A small winger who doesn't have overwhelmingly obvious puck skills will more times than not fall through the cracks.
Read past the jump for the All-Undrafted team.