Headshots September 26th

Thomas Drance
September 26 2011 02:32PM


The best part about Campoli signing with the Habs today? It's an excuse to post this again!

Headshots are a Canucksarmy feature where we link to the days freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost and would like it to be featured in our Headshots po sts please e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Pre-Pre-Season Thoughts

Thomas Drance
September 26 2011 01:32PM


Owen Nolan was cut yesterday. Was his "Recchi-like" presence something the team needed?

I didn't write a gamer last night, because frankly, if the Canucks aren't dressing a "Canucks line-up," why waste the effort? We've seen five preseason games so far this September, and only Marco Sturm among sure-fire top-9 forwards, and absolutely no top-4 Dmen have suited up for even a single game. The Canucks are resting their veterans, and the "Wolves in Canucks clothing" are getting dominated by the top-lines of legitimate teams. You have to feel for Eddie Lack and Cory Schneider who got lit up for four goals apiece in their respective games this weekend. Facing guys like Getzlaf, Perry, Thornton and Marleau behind a blue-line featuring names like Keith Ballard, Alexander Sulzer and Nolan Baumgartner isn't an enviable task.

The Canucks play the Ducks again on Wednesday and finally should dress some of their actual roster players. So lets call the upcoming two games this week the actual "pre-season," and categorize what's gone before as the "pre-pre-season." Here's some thoughts, on what we've seen in the pre-pre-season.

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The Lost Russians

Thomas Drance
September 26 2011 11:28AM


Remember Kirill Koltsov?

Editors note: Andrey Osadchenko is the senior Russian Correspondent at the Nations Network. He writes regularly in Russian at allhockey.ru, and has a series of web videos called "Joining the Rush" with Steve Dangle. Today Andrey catches up with some of the former Russian-born draft picks of the Canucks organization. The piece underscores why drafting Russian-born players has gone somewhat out of style; simply put, it's a risky proposition. 

For generations, Russia has been known as a "promised land" in terms of producing skilled hockey players. Among all NHL teams, the Canucks would know that. After all, they were lucky enough to have arguably the best Russian players in the history of hockey on their roster in Igor Larionov and Pavel Bure.

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AHL Team Wearing Canucks Colours Falls to Ducks

Thomas Drance
September 24 2011 11:15PM


Jensen shrugs, while Tanev flashes his megawatt smile. Photo credit: Steve Bosch PNG.

The Canucks preseason lineups are getting pretty hilarious. With the exception of Ballard, Sturm, Tanev, Lapierre and Schneider - everyone else the Canucks dressed on Saturday night is fighting for a role on the NHL roster. Whereas the team was able to pull of a victory against a superior squad on Thursday against Edmonton, their "AHL lineup" caught up with the team in a big way Saturday night against Anaheim - as they fell 4-1.

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Headshots September 23

Thomas Drance
September 23 2011 03:43PM

 
Looks like the Canucks are going to great lengths to restrain Alex Burrows from gnawing on anybody this pre-season.

Headshots are a Canucksarmy feature where we link to the days freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost and would like it to be featured in our Headshots posts please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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