Patrick McNally Nominated for (but unlikely to win) ECAC Rookie of the Year

Thomas Drance
March 12 2012 12:53PM

Patrick McNally has been recognized by the ECAC for his impressive rookie season.

Canucks prospect Patrick McNally (drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 NHL draft), has  followed up on his Yandle-esque senior year of Prep hockey with a stellar freshman campaign for the Harvard Crimson this season. Jeff Angus looked at his development a few months ago, and generally speaking McNally has successfully reigned in his freelancing style, while remaining a standout offensive defenseman.

Late last week, McNally's play was recognized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) who nominated him as one of three finalists for the conference's "Rookie of the Year" award. Read past the jump for analysis of his chances at winning the award.

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Nicklas Jensen's Progress

Thomas Drance
March 12 2012 11:45AM

Jensen (centre) celebrates a goal with line-mates Boon Jenner and Lucas Lessio.

Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen does it all for the Oshawa Generals. He plays on the first penalty-kill unit, he's been deployed in the slot, along the half-wall and at the point on the first unit power-play (which has finally begun to congeal, and become potent). At even-strength he plays difficult minutes, and based on their deployment, Jensen's line (he plays regularly with 2nd round picks Boone Jenner and Lucas Lessio) is clearly Oshawa's featured two-way group. 

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Cellar Dweller Drops the Canucks Like a Bad Habit: Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
March 11 2012 12:36AM

PK Subban and the Montreal Canadiens held off the Sedins, on their way to a 4-1 rout of the Canucks.

The Canucks came out flying tonight, and thanks to the Amex line they mostly dominated the first period. Unfortunatelywere held off the board thanks to the stellar play of Montreal netminder Carey Price. The third period was a bizarro version of the first, in that the Canadiens handed the Canucks their collective asses, but Roberto Luongo far from keeping them off the board, allowed a couple of brutal softies to cement the Habs rout.

The Canucks have now dropped three of their last four, and have looked unfocussed and dispirited for weeks. There's still no cause for panic (probably), but that's a difficult story to sell following tonight's putrid effort. The Canucks need to find a way to motivate themselves over the balance of the regular, or at least play for pride. Tonight, and especially in the third period: they didn't show much of it.

Read past the jump for a more thorough recap, the statistical three stars and scoring chance data.

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Headshots March 8th

Thomas Drance
March 08 2012 04:37PM

Daniel Sedin: Slumping. Via Pucktures.

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at

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Game #68 Preview: Night of the Zombie Thrashers

Thomas Drance
March 08 2012 10:27AM

Over the summer, the rotting corpse of the Winnipeg Jets was reanimated, and crawled from its tomb in horror film fashion - finally sticking its creepy, decomposed hand out from the dirt in early September. The spirit of the Jets is alive again (it simply had to occupy the former body of the Atlanta Thrashers) and currently is holding down a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

For what feelsl ike months the Canucks have played games that barely matter to them, against teams clawing desperately to punch their ticket to the postseason dance, and tonight will be no exception. Will Vancouver's team end their run of mediocrity, or will they lose their third straight at home?

A more thorough preview, underlying numbers and the three keys to the game after the jump!

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