February 21 2015 12:00PM
In recent weeks, there has been a subtle change to the narrative regarding how Canucks management discusses their team. Before the season started, all management seemed to talk about was the return of the Canucks to the playoffs. We were told we were retooling, not rebuilding.
However, of late, management's focus is becoming more apparent, specifically when it was brought to light that Benning was unwilling to part with Jared McCann, Jake Virtanen or Bo Horvat as part of a deal to land Evander Kane. While the Canucks are very much intent on making the playoffs (Francesco does love that playoff revenue after all!), they appear to be just as focused on preparing to be successful for 3 to 4 years from now in a world without the Sedins. Maybe, just maybe they've come to realize that the window to compete for a championship with this core has closed.
What is all the more interesting is that the 2015 draft class looks to be one of the strongest draft classes in recent memory, even beyond Connor McDavid, who looks to be a generational player. With a very strong chance the Canucks will be able to pick up a top tier prospect when they select in June, much focus will be on who is available in the Canucks range, likely to be somewhere between 10 to 20 overall.
This brings to the much discussed Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs. After playing for team Canada after the World Junior tournament, Crouse has seen his draft stock skyrocket on most draft charts, as high as 3rd overall on ISS' prospect rankings, behind only the aforementioned McDavid and Jack Eichel. But is he really deserving of this high ranking though?
February 21 2015 10:00AM
Welcome back to this weeks Comets Milita report as we review all of the activities of the Utica Comets and the Canucks prospects down in the AHL. It's been an active week for the Comets as their d-corps is currently a number of ECHLers as they withstand the domino effects of NHL call-ups. Still, the Comets managed 4 of 6 points this week and are looking good as we head into the last 1/3rd of the season in the final march towards the Calder Cup
(Editor's Note: This edition was written before Friday's game and the results of that game will be written about next week)
Continue past the jump for all your latest in Comets news.
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February 21 2015 08:00AM
It's Saturday, and that means it's time for another edition of the Pacific War Room. What is the Pacific War Room? Each week, the fine folks at the Royal Half summarize the week that was with hot takes from
the best and brightest bloggers from around the Pacific Division. These are those hot takes.
February 20 2015 11:36PM
In an uninspired effort against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night the Vancouver Canucks sustained a schedule loss against a lottery bound team. Click past the jump for our 8-bit recap of the Canucks' 4-2 loss to the Devils...
February 20 2015 08:17PM
You'd think a club like the Vancouver Canucks, what with their rich history of changing up apparel and team colours every five years or so, would feel right at home in New Jersey. You'd be wrong.
The lifeless, Burrows-less Canucks limped through most of the second of back-to-back games against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. They looked slow and tired, well everyone except for Zack Kassian, until a late push made things somewhat interesting. Also Jordin Tootoo scored against them.
A couple of cheeky Kassian finishes and Willie Desjardins' momentary end-game brilliance aside, it was perhaps their worst performance of the season.
It was also a 'schedule loss', so there's no need to look to look for any deeper meaning here. Not that we'll let that stop us on the other side of the jump!