January 18 2017 09:49PM
Dmitry Zhukenov is a player that many in this space expected a leap forward from this season. Perhaps no one more so than yours truly.
Playing in his second year with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, Zhukenov's failed to build on a strong if unspectacular start to his North American career. Playing in the Sagueneens' top six, Zhukenov has 37 points in 39 games. For Zhukenov to start to impress upon us his long-term NHL prospects, he's going to have to start translating his high-end hockey sense and awareness into tangible production.
For now, though, Zhukenov checks out as the tenth ranked prospect in the Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings. Exactly where he was when we last checked in.
January 18 2017 01:00PM
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The trade deadline is about as fun as it gets, no matter what your affiliation with the sport is. If you can book the time off work or school, it's appointment viewing. If you can't book the time off either, you're suddenly struck ill -- if you catch my drift.
It certainly doesn't hurt that the leading Canadian sports networks hype it up for months in advance. Nobody is more active with their cabal of insiders as TSN, though, and they're already sending the frenzied season of roster activity into second gear.
We're still about a month and a half away from the deadline, but that hasn't stopped TSN from releasing their trade bait board. You can find Alexandre Burrows smack dab in the teens too. So let's dive in.
January 18 2017 11:00AM
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Late last month, I broke down why Anton Rodin would become a Group VI UFA at the conclusion of the season. Since that post, I have confirmed that my conclusion is correct.
To further clarify the Canucks situation going forward, I've looked at other players who might be affected by similar rules. That brought to my attention that current farm-hands Alexandre Grenier and Borna Rendulic would also become Group VI UFA's at the conclusion of this season.
January 18 2017 09:00AM
Despite their best efforts, the Canucks just can't lose in regulation, and somehow remain within spitting distance of the playoffs. Perhaps they'd be a little closer if they could get a handle on special teams, but alas, they continue to struggle mightily in that realm. They have the league's 26th ranked PP, and Willie Desjardins seems to be the only man on planet earth that believes the current group is working.
So, what changes would you make to the PP if you were in charge? Is it as simple as just changing personnel, or would you make tactical adjustments as well?
Before we get into it, I just want to say that there were so many answers this week, most of them quite good, that I simply couldn't include them all. If you'd like to see more, check out last week's comment section.
January 17 2017 11:49PM
Going against the recent NHL trend, the Canucks continued their streak of playing in low-scoring affairs again Tuesday night. Squaring off against the Nashville Predators - minus both PK Subban and Roman Josi - the Canucks managed to do this evening what they were unable to do Sunday against New Jersey and last Tuesday against these same Predators - win.
Henrik Sedin inched one point closer to 1000 for his career, and Ryan Miller notched his second shutout of the season as the Canucks came out the victors in an otherwise dull contest. Scoring late in the third period to break a scoreless tie, Henrik helped the Canucks jump ahead of the Predators in the Western Conference playoff race and into a tie with the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card spot (although both teams have multiple games in hand), and end Vancouver's four-game winless streak.