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September 25 2015 06:45AM

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Maybe Phil Kessel was the problem in Toronto, Leafs new radical approach to team building, Higgins breaks foot in Van, the Flames predict the Canucks season, Mark Girodano, Darnell Nurse, Connor McDavid, fantasy hockey help, a beauty scrap and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Draftkings

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Vancouver Canucks Top 10: Best Forwards of All Time

Jeremy Davis
September 24 2015 04:36PM

Today's Best Of list covers the top 10 Canucks forwards. This is by far the easiest list to make. While the Canucks have had solid defence (through few game breakers) and good goaltending (from a very select list), there has been far more impressive offensive talent. While we all struggled (and ultimately failed) to find a way to keep Dan Cloutier off of the goalie list, we actually had to narrow down the forward candidates. Imagine that.

Let's take a walk through the top 10 forwards in Canucks history.

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Canucks Army Player Profiles: Brandon Prust

J.D. Burke
September 24 2015 12:36PM

The Canucks acquired Brandon Prust to lessen the cumbersome load placed solely on Derek Dorsett's shoulders as team pugilist. It can be a taxing role to fill and all the more so when done by one's self.

By chance they've also stumbled upon a valuable bottom-six piece that can contribute to the defensive health of this franchise in a prescribed fourth line role. At 31 years old, it seems highly unlikely that Prust can help to move the needle for Vancouver as they transition ever-so-slowly in their not-quite-rebuild. Prust can, however, help them towards their goal of competing throughout the process and mentoring the oncoming swarth of young talent.

At the very worst, Prust is an experienced grinder, with two-way chops on an expiring contract that can be flipped at the deadline for futures. 

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The Top 5 Canucks for Your Fantasy Hockey Team

September 24 2015 10:13AM


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The Safe Picks

1. Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin – There should be no surprise that the twins are your safest fantasy bet. Despite closing in on their 35th birthdays, Henrik and Daniel are not showing any signs of slowing down. Both players finished last year just a few shades under a point-per-game. They’re likely not going to capture back-to-back Art Ross Trophies again but you can likely count on both of them finding their way into the Top 20 for league scoring.

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What Zone Data in Penticton tells us about Vancouver's Prospects

Josh W
September 23 2015 01:00PM

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Cole Cassels with a successful pass in entry to Hunter Shinkaruk

A little over a week ago, the Canucks Young Stars tournament in Penticton wrapped up. It was a fun one, in the sense that we got our first chance to see many of the Canucks prospects in what we hope will become their eventual uniforms for the first time. 

Now that it's over, however, I took the opportunity to go back and re-analyze the games. With this, I've compiled some zone entry data to share with you all. The sample is small; just three games, but it's better than nothing. We gave a glimpse into some of the data in a post last week, but now that all the game data has been amalgamated, we can get a better picture of how these prospects performed over the weekend.

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