August 13 2013 02:16PM
I made a similar sour puss face when I heard the news; (Image via Tumblr)
Yesterday, news broke that Chris Tanev was at a standstill in his contract negotiations with the Canucks, and that he was receiving interest from teams in both the KHL and Swiss Elite League. Today, Jim Jamieson of The Province reported that the team has been "kicking the tires on huge free agent defenseman Douglas Murray".
Read on for more about why Douglas Murray is not the solution.
August 12 2013 09:44AM
Image via Matthew Henderson
Before you can even start jotting names down when putting together your rankings for a project like this, you have to ask yourself what you personally value the most in a prospect. There's a big 'safety/reliability vs. potential/upside' internal debate that needs to be had.
I tend to look for physical tools and a ceiling that is perceived to be high more than anything else. Especially this deep down the depth chart. You'll always be able to get your hands on "just another guy", but even the slight chance of hitting a home run with someone that turns out to be a star is something worth rolling the dice on. Obviously, at some point, a guy projects so safely as a useful role player that you can overlook the potential lack of upside he may have. And vice versa.
With that being said, it's at this point in our Top 20 that we've finally reached a turning point of sorts; we'll now finally begin to discuss prospects who may actually have a legitimate shot of helping out at the NHL level (to varying degress, of course). While most of the upcoming handful of guys aren't world-beaters by any means, I think we're seeing a noticeable spike in talent as we jump from No's 20-16 to our 15th ranked prospect, Patrick McNally. Yet still, a guy like McNally certainly isn't presented to you without his fair share of warts.
Read on for more about the interesting dilemma McNally presents as a prospect.
August 08 2013 09:58AM
Image via Matthew Henderson
I'm well aware of the fact that, up until now, our series has been a tad bit underwhelming. But hey, we can only work with what we've been given. We currently find ourselves wading through the back-end of a team's system that I'd somewhat generously describe as hovering around "average".
That's not to say that the guys we've covered - and will continue to cover over the next few days - lack importance, because that's not the case. Having organizational depth is meaningful, and that's exactly what guys like Alex Friesen, Peter Andersson, Cole Cassels, and today's prospect, Yann Sauvé, are. Depth prospects. But prospects nonetheless.
Read on for more on the team's 17th ranked prospect.
August 05 2013 12:24PM
Judging by his face, Roberto Luongo ain't playin' games. Well, except this time, and that other time.
Image via Lights Out Poker.
Here at Canucks Army we make a point of attempting to give back to our loyal readers. Whenever we hold creative meetings with our staff, we bounce arounds ideas in which we could make the site more interactive, and get you guys involved in some capacity. Not too long ago, we came up with the idea of running a T-Shirt design contest, which was a hit.
Now, we've got something else in the works. Let me ask you a question: are you a fantasy football player? If so, great. But even if you're not, don't stop reading, and don't let that stop you from entering your name into this particular competition. Pretty much the only requirement for you to be eligible to participate is that you are required to have a desire to beat Roberto Luongo at something, and that you promise you'll do your due dilligence in doing so.
Would you like to be able to tell your friends that you squared off against Roberto Luongo and came out on top? We're now giving you a chance to go mano-a-mano with the winningest goaltender in Vancouver Canucks franchise history. Read on past the jump to find out how you can participate in what I personally think is a pretty cool opportunity.
August 01 2013 12:21PM
The Sedins have a right to look tired, considering the load they carried for the Canucks last season.
Image via Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck.
Over at NHL Numbers, Travis Yost published a fascinating research piece today, which I figured merited some discussion on this platform. Essentially, he took each Western Conference team's most regularly used 12 forwards (based on even-strength time on ice), and broke them into 4 tiers. After doing so, he took into account each individual's corsi (a proxy for possession, but you already knew that), before adjusting it for zone starts. You'll note that the strength of competition was not factored into this assessment.
But why tiers? Given the amount of line tinkering that goes on over the course of a season - due to injuries, lack of production, or Alain Vigneault simply mistaking his lineup card for a blender - I like the idea of separating the top 12 into tiers, rather than strictly labelling lines 1, 2, 3, and 4. At least for these purposes. Most of the time, the two will line (pun intended) up anyways.
Past the jump we'll take a closer look at what Mr. Yost found when compiling the numbers for the Canucks, and what it means. I'll give you a little hint for what to expect: thank your lucky stars that the Sedins are a thing.