Why Jared McCann has a realistic shot of breaking camp with the Canucks

Thomas Drance
September 28 2015 11:38AM

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Vancouver Canucks prospect Jared McCann, 19, has turned heads with his performance during the first week of training camp. The 24th-overall pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft won't turn 20 until May, but he's been perhaps Vancouver's best player in the preseason - and really, he's stood out since he throttled the competition at an early training camp scrimmage in Prince George.

There's no doubt that McCann's performance bodes well for his future as an NHL player, but does the 19-year-old centre have a legitimate shot at cracking the club's opening day roster? 

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Canucks Pre-season Player Power Rankings - Sept 28th 2015

Grainne Downey
September 28 2015 10:00AM


Like the team, the Canucks Army Player Power Rankings are in preseason form. Rules only kind of apply. Some players are just not included. Alex Friesen is here! 

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Canucks assign 5 players to Utica including Jensen, Cassels (and Blomstrand)

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 28 2015 09:20AM

The Vancouver Canucks have made the next step in condensing their roster into an opening night-ready state this morning, sending Nicklas Jensen, Cole Cassels, and Joe Cannata to the Utica Comets in anticipation of the start of AHL training camp.

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Spreadsheet Nerds Get To Cell 5000

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 27 2015 09:00PM

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On April 9th, 2009, a dream was born. No, that's not when the Hockey Gods decided that the Canucks would be stuck with goaltending controversies for the following decade (though that would explain a lot). On that day, Nations Network overlord of overlords Wanye Gretz dreamt of putting together an army - a Canucks Army.

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Brandon Sutter Transcends Stats, #MyColumn

Sillig Ekim
September 27 2015 04:20PM


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Of all Jim Benning's decisions this off-season, few were as controversial as the trade for Brandon Sutter. The general consensus was that Sutter might be a positive fit within the grand scheme of how the Canucks align their forwards, but there was immense value lost in the trade itself and the contract that followed.

Rather than offering commentary on Sutter through a meaningful series of observation and the like, the writers in this space opted to break out their spreadsheets and decree his uselessness with a certainty bordering on hubris. Much like the statistics they so desperately cling to as gospel, they failed to take into account several key factors like heart, leadership, grit, intangibles and pedigree in the evaluation process.

Luckily for the Canucks, Benning didn't. Instead, the Canucks brain trust magnified these traits and weighed their importance accordingly. Join me to find out why Vancouver is better for it, on the other side of the jump.

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