Tyson Barrie is Available and the Vancouver Canucks Shouldn't be Ruled out as a Landing Spot

J.D. Burke
May 16 2016 01:00PM

Stop me if you've heard this before, but it appears as though the Colorado Avalanche are at an impasse with a top of the lineup talent and ready to cut bait. Assuming the validity of this report from Elliotte Friedman, it appears as though Tyson Barrie is this year's sacrificial lamb, following in the footsteps of Paul Stastny and Ryan O'Reilly before him.

“You know what, I do think Tyson Barrie is going to go.

“I did a game there where Montreal was in Denver. Don Meehan was there at the time with Craig Oster. They’re the Newport guys who handle Barrie. I just got the impression from everybody involved that they weren’t really even in the same ballpark.

“Knowing the way they finished their year, I’ve got to think it’s very likely he moves on.”

This isn't the first time their dirty laundry has wafted its way into other's yards. Reports leaked as recently as last fall, indicating the two sides were at a fork in the road. Time hasn't helped matters, clearly, and it appears as though the seeds of discontent are on the precipice of bearing fruit. The question then becomes whether the Canucks should or can pluck the low-lying defender. 

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CANUCKS ARMY YEAR IN REVIEW: BO HORVAT

Matthew Henderson
May 16 2016 11:00AM

The face of the Canucks franchise for years to come may well be Bo Horvat. Regarded as the heir to the captaincy of Henrik Sedin, Horvat has shown he has the leadership, poise, and talent to represent the Canucks. This season, Horvat proved that, especially in the second half of the season. He was one of the lone bright spots in the dog days of the year, as he got better as the years got on. The sophomore season is often lauded as being a step back for players that performed at great levels in their rookie seasons. For the first half of the year, Horvat looked like he might fall into the trap of that stereotype. But he broke through and showed Canucks fans yet again that he was ready to make the next step in his career.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #37 Sam Steel

Ryan Biech
May 16 2016 08:00AM

A player who has been flirting with first-round bona fides, but ultimately comes in as 37th overall ranked player in our consensus rankings, is Edmonton native and Regina Pats centre Sam Steel.

Regarded as a smaller and shiftier centre, who possesses elite playmaking abilities and hockey sense. If Steel is still available in the early parts of the second round, I won't be surprised to hear of a few teams looking to trade up to select the young pivot.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #38 Nathan Bastian

Ryan Biech
May 15 2016 08:00AM

A regular linemate of likely first-round picks Alexander Nylander and Michael McLeod, Nathan Bastian comes in as the 38th ranked prospect for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

A winger by trade, who can also play centre, Bastian is a player who can do it all but still has the offensive upside that will likely see him taken in the early to mid second round. He may even creep into the first round if a team feels that his skill-set are that of an NHL player.

Teams were likely scouting the Steelheads to see what Nylander and McLeod had to offer, but Bastian appears to be the 'safer' pick of the three, as he has the all the tools to make it as a middle six player.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #39 Cam Dineen

AWheeler
May 14 2016 11:07AM

Coming in at #39 we have Cam Dineen, one of a few small(ish) defensemen who may be getting overlooked a little bit heading into the draft.

After the jump we'll take a look at one of the most statistically impressive defenders coming out of the OHL this season.

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