Babych Please - December 2nd, 2016

Grainne Downey
December 02 2016 09:00AM


Happy December, Canucks fans! They strung together two straight wins this week before meeting the Anaheim Ducks, but you know what's more important than wins and losses? Friends. As in Friends (1994-2004) the TV show, if you're Bo Horvat or Troy Stecher.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
December 02 2016 05:00AM

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A look at the Oilers without McDavid on the Ice, Brian Burke is fed up with the Dougie Hamilton rumors, Leafs young players - playing like stars, analyzing the Jets early season struggles, Flames need to be open for trade business, coach shake up in Florida, analytics vs traditionalists, NHL power rankings and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Canucks Army Post-Game: I Watched the Ducks Beat the Canucks So You Didn't Have to!

J.D. Burke
December 02 2016 12:03AM


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That was hockey at its absolute worst. Whether you paid for a premium sports pack with access to Sportsnet 360 or suffered the pilgrimage to Rogers Arena, there's no refund adequate to recompense your lost time and money. And for that, I am truly sorry.

Lifeless doesn't serve this performance justice. I've watched Westworld -- the hosts are lifeless, but I'll be damned if they aren't entertaining.

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Blackfish: Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report - December 1st, 2016

Ryan Biech
December 01 2016 05:00PM


Another week has passed in the hockey world.

With the World Junior rosters being announced, quite a few players around the prospect world will try and realize their dream of representing their country. For the players that won't participate, it means an elevated role to make up for the missing players.

One of the Canucks top prospects is currently sidelined with an injury! 

We dive into it, with this week's edition of Blackfish: The Canucks Army Prospect Report!

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Is Bo Horvat Already a First Line Centre?

Jeremy Davis
December 01 2016 03:00PM

Ever since the Canucks began showing signs of decline a few years back, fans have been pondering where the next great offensive players are going to come from once the Sedins have ridden off into the sunset. It’s been pretty clear to everyone sitting at home that the Canucks don’t have much of a succession plan for their top line, with no high calibre centre prospect currently in the system.

So naturally, the inclination is to wonder whether Bo Horvat, the best young centre that they have in their organization, is going to be able to develop his game to the point where he can take on the mantle of a top line player. He himself seems to think so, and his recent hot streak has lent credence to the concept.

But Bo Horvat’s recent hot streak really isn’t all that “recent” anymore. Stretching all the way back to late December of 2015, Bo Horvat has been the Canucks most productive player, with numbers that aren’t just impressive compared an otherwise woeful Canuck offence - they’re damn impressive in general.

So it’s time to ask the question: is Bo Horvat already a first line centre?

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