Mike Gillis is the Oprah of the PTO.

Thomas Drance
September 15 2011 09:30AM

Everyone gets one!

Yes, thats right! You get a PTO Manny Legace, you too Owen Nolan, and you get a PTO Niko Dimitrakos and Anders Eriksson! *cue excited screams*

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Prospects Tourney Game 3 Review

Thomas Drance
September 14 2011 08:35PM

He may not be the most photogenic prospect, but Adam Polasek made a good impression this evening.

With basically all of their name prospects (Schroeder, Sweatt, Anthony, Sauve, Erixon, Connauton) sitting out - a Canucks rookie squad composed mostly of undrafted invitees, late round picks and Anton Rodin put together the teams best performance so far in the Young-Stars tournament.

The unheralded group negated three one goal leads from the Sharks prospects before going up on a power-play goal late in the second period off of an Adam Polasek point-shot. They didn't look back. In the third period, the prospects were - *gasp* - really solid defensively, allowing only four shots in the frame.

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Headshots September 14th

Thomas Drance
September 14 2011 02:00PM

Pee Wee "Marchand" Herman got paid today. Photo via @cheekster82

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 me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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The Coexistence

Thomas Drance
September 13 2011 10:45AM

The Canucks prospects team will rest today in preparation for two more games later this week against the rookies from the Jets and Sharks organizations on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. So lets take a break from drooling about Nathan Longpre and Sebastian Erixon, and turn our attention to everyones favorite inevitable Canucks controversy.

As the 2012 entry from EA Sports' legendary "NHL" video-game series drops today - Twitterers are complaining about how the Canucks goaltending is over-rated in the game. EA ranks the team's goaltending as the best among all NHL teams (97 out of 100), and most blasphemously, Roberto Luongo is rated a single attribute point higher than Tim Thomas. 

Granted, if I was responsible for calibrating player ratings Tim Thomas would be rated 95 and functionally impossible to beat, the player ratings EA has put together do reflect a larger truth. Namely that the Vancouver Canucks possess arguably the best one-two punch in goal in the entire league (Boston's duo of Thomas-Rask are the only other legitimate contenders). 

Though this qualifies as one of those "good problems" - the Canucks are likely 100% absolutely guaranteed to have a goaltending controversy at some point this season, and fans, bloggers and media will all chime in, pick a side and hyperventilate about who should start a particular "big game": Luongo or Schneider.

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Prospects Tourney Game 2 Review

Thomas Drance
September 12 2011 09:29PM

Dousing Flames.

Nathan Longpre - game-breaker? Apparently so. The twenty-three year scored two goals, and added the set-up on the OT winner propelling the Canucks rookies to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Calgary Flames Prospects. 

It was a close game, and a solid recovery effort from the Canucks "young-stars" who had suffered a 7-2 pantsing at the hands of Anton Lander, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the Oilers rookies the day previous. Karel St. Laurent stopped 44 of the 47 shots he saw, and provided a stabilizing presence in net.

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