Dylan McIlrath and Magnus Paajarvi Are on Waivers - Any Takers?

Jeremy Davis
October 27 2016 02:26PM

With their faces pressed firmly against the waiver wire this morning, there was disappointment among some factions of Canucks fans that Emerson Etem, waived yesterday by Anaheim, passed through without claim. Those feelings were short lived however, because we were quickly distracted by two more interesting names on the waiver wire as of 9:00am this morning: New York's Dylan McIlrath and St. Louis' Magnus Paajarvi.

The Canucks have already elected to bring Mike Zalewski up from Utica, but might they be enticed by these two new players that are available free of charge?

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Canucks Recall Mike Zalewski

Jeremy Davis
October 27 2016 12:38PM

The Canucks' call up game is already in midseason form, as they've been bit by the injury bug nice and early this season. With four would-be regulars now on the Injured Reserve (Rodin, Tanev, Burrows, Dorsett), management is having to make more recalls that they'd prefer to making in the third week of the season.

Today's lucky recipient is Mike Zalewski, up for what will be his fourth stint with the team, though he's played just five career NHL games to this point.

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Blackfish: Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report - October 27th, 2016

Ryan Biech
October 27 2016 11:00AM


Some NCAA prospects are making noise in the hockey world, but the rest of the Canucks prospects had a bit of a down week this past week.

One prospect moved in the CHL, and Utica has had a slow start to the week.

Get all the details in this week's Blackfish: Canucks Army Prospect Report!

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The Injury Bug: Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

J.D. Burke
October 27 2016 08:00AM


The caveat for the Canucks season was always going to be health. If they could maintain a relatively healthy roster to the finish, they could compete for a playoff spot. An injury to one of their core players would spell doom, though.

Seven games into the season, the Canucks and their mostly healthy roster have built a 4-2-1 lead. Of course, they were 4-0-0 at one point. Then Alexandre Burrows and Derek Dorsett were taken from the Canucks lineup with, you guessed it, injuries. Chris Tanev's since joined them in the infirmary, suffering an injury of his own in Sunday night's contest.

Well, it didn't take long to get to this point. That's three new Canucks suffering some sort of ailment. I'll update you as best I can, on the other side of the jump.

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With Virtanen it's confidence issues, not injuries, holding him back right now

Jeff Paterson
October 26 2016 03:49PM

While there is much concern from the outside about the health of Jake Virtanen’s shoulder these days, the bigger issue seems like a crisis of confidence for the second year Vancouver Canuck power forward. Virtanen has yet to leave a mark on any of the five games he’s played this season and following an optional practice the morning after a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators, Virtanen admitted he’s struggling to find the form that made him effective in the second half of his rookie season.

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