June 17 2016 08:00AM
There's a whole lot to like about Matthew Tkachuk, son of former NHLer Keith Tkachuk. He's big, he's tough, he's got a great shot and impressive vision and playmaking ability. As the fifth ranked prospect on our list, he falls right into the wheelhouse of some Canadian teams, making the locals pay even closer attention.
But Tkachuk hasn't been without his detractors, and while you certainly can't claim that he isn't incredibly talented, there is a case to be made that his numbers have been inflated a bit because of who he spent the 2015-16 season playing with. Read on to find out more.
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June 17 2016 05:00AM
The NHL is boring, Kessel gets it done, is Matthews really better than Laine, what do the Canucks have at 5, remembering Gordie Howe, Flames buyouts, where will Yakupov go, the NHL draft, Vegas expansion, free agency, Randy Carlyle and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
June 16 2016 05:00PM
His name, as befits someone with the moniker of the “Russian Rocket,” was synonymous with speed. He was electrifying, exhilarating, and sometimes infuriating. He could do things at fourth gear that many players couldn’t do in first. And, unlike the other players we’ve covered in this series to date, his name is now enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. One of only three players drafted by the Canucks to have that honour – and the only to play the majority of his NHL career in a Canucks uniform – Pavel Bure was equal parts hockey and rock star. Given his pedigree and career accomplishments, he may also be the best draft pick in Canucks history. He is also the subject of today’s draft gems.
June 16 2016 03:51PM
It was announced today that the Vancouver Canucks have signed pending restricted free agent Sven Baertschi to a two year contract extension.
The press release included the financials with Baertschi making $1.7 million in the first year of the contract, and then $2.0 million in the second year for an annual cap hit of $1.85 million per season.
June 16 2016 03:09PM
In the above picture, we've got upcoming UFA defenceman Roman Polak, a step or two behind Sidney Crosby.
A fitting image? Probably. Whatever Polak had that was appealing to NHL teams, he's falling fast as a legitimate option with his declining play as of late. And while he did earn playing time with a Stanley Cup finalist, it was clear to most he wasn't particularly excelling in that role.
(To be fair to Polak, most of the league is usually catching up to Sidney Crosby. But to be fair to most of the league, Roman Polak is usually catching up to them, too.)