A Baffling Personnel Decision: On Andrew Ebbett and Jordan Schroeder

Thomas Drance
April 29 2013 02:32PM

Phorograph by: Jamie Sabau, NHILI/Getty Images

On the very same day the Canucks acquired Derek Roy, they sent Jordan Schroeder back to Chicago. He hasn't been back with the team since, as the Canucks coaching staff has preferred to roll with Andrew Ebbett in the lineup and often in their top-nine.

I'm very much unconvinced that this makes any sense in the postseason, and I'll explain why after the jump.

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My Canucks goal total projections were more noise than signal this season

Thomas Drance
April 29 2013 10:51AM

Ryan Kesler and David Booth battled injuries all season. In doing so they made me look bad.
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Before the 2011-12 season I predicted Vancouver Canucks goal totals over at Pass it to Bulis and I did astonishingly well over the 82 game season:

My overall team predictions were much more successful: I had the Canucks scoring 57 power-play goals (they have 55), 178 even-strength goals (they’ve scored 176), 7 short-handed goals (the Canucks have 7) and 5 shootout winners (they’ve scored 8). That my friends, is some serious Rainman schtick.

Yep, I was pretty proud of myself. Well, this season my bubble burst and the model fared significantly less well. I'll dive into why after the jump.

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Canucks Open First Round Series Wednesday, Will be on TSN

Thomas Drance
April 28 2013 10:06PM

Whoa, the Canucks series won't be on CBC?
Photo Credit Jeff Vinnick/Behind the Lens

So the playoff schedule is set, and the Canucks will open their first round series against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM Pacific Standard Time. In an interesting and somewhat surpising move, the CBC, which gets to pick the Canadian broadcast rights to the two series they want most before TSN gets their first selection, decided to pass on the Pacific Time Zone series between the Sharks and the Canucks. So the CBC picked the Toronto versus Boston series and all-Canadian Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Habs and the Senators instead, with TSN happily snapping up the Canucks series. 

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"Canucks" Combust in Edmonton to End the Regular Season

Thomas Drance
April 28 2013 10:21AM

Alright dudes, we finished outside the bottom-5! Can't wait for summer vacation and a standing O from the fans!
Photo by John Ulan/NHLI via Getty Images

The playoff matchups are set and the Canucks will face a very good hockey team in the San Jose Sharks in their first round series this week. It promises to be a good one, partly because it'll feature a Canucks team that doesn't play the likes of Derek Joslin and Cam Barker for nearly twenty-minutes a game. On Saturday night, the Canucks did just that and were stomped by the Edmonton Oilers in a really ugly five minute span. Last month in Edmonton that span came right at the start of the game, and on Saturday night it came right at the end. As the Canucks advance to the playoffs, perhaps we should be happy that they won't face the young Oilers in Edmonton exclusively on Hockey Night in Canada in the first round...

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Game #48 Preview: Canucks @ Oilers

Thomas Drance
April 27 2013 12:28PM

Photo Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

The Oilers, fresh off of pantsing the living hell out of the somehow playoff bound Minnesota Wild on Friday and killing the dream of a Canucks first round bye, will look to finish another disappointing season off on a winning note. The Canucks meanwhile, have a final opportunity to tune up for the postseason and also another opportunity for a key player to go down with an injury. I know for sure that there will be a number of fatalistic Canucks fans watching Saturday's contest whilst holding their breath...

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