5 fun things to look for from Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey

Sam Blazer
September 13 2016 11:59AM

Team USA is coming in with a plan for the World Cup of Hockey. 

It may not be a very good plan but it is, indeed, a plan. 

Coach John Tortorella doesn't care how his team wins as long as it happens. 

If you are a fan of Team USA, that has to give you a special tingle down your spine. Sure, he may take patriotism to an uncomfortable level... but by the same token it adds a level of stakes that shouldn't be associated with an exhibition tournament. 

The NHL has to absolutely love it.

As the tournament begins on Wednesday, I want to take a look at the five fun storylines to watch for from Team USA.

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Canucks lack tradeable assets

Ryan Biech
September 13 2016 11:00AM

The hockey season is almost upon us, and there is reason to be excited. The Canucks made some changes over the summer, which gives the majority of fans a reason for optimism and excitement.

However we don't have any idea how the season will go. If everything falls the Canucks way, there is a chance they are in the mix for a wild card spot, however as we saw last season, a couple injuries here or there and the season could go off the rails.

Regardless of what happens, it's always good to look ahead and ponder what can happen with the team?

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Canucks' 2016 NHL Entry Draft: Deep Dive

Jeremy Davis
September 13 2016 09:00AM

Draft Review - 2016

With the summer winding down, we at Canucks Army are looking to fill the dead space between our Top 20 countdown and the start of the World Cup of Hockey. This week, I've decided to head back to the draft, and I'm going to be looking at the past, present and future on Canucks drafting and NHL prospects by going over the 2015, 2016, and 2017 NHL Entry Drafts and how they pertain to the Canucks.

Following yesterday's rehash of the 2015 Canucks' draft class, today is a deep dive into their 2016 haul. At this point, it looks considerably weaker than the 2015 group, but then again, the 2015 class looks a lot better now that it did on draft day.

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5 fun things to look for from Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey

Ari Yanover
September 12 2016 11:08AM

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Hey, guess what - the World Cup is almost upon us! And by that, I mean the games that actually mean something in-tournament. Exhibition games for a preseason tournament is fun and all, but it makes for better competition when the results actually count, when winning a game actually means something beyond pride.

The tournament officially kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 17. The night game on Day 1 will feature Team Canada taking on Team Czech Republic. And hey, we here at the Nation Network cover mostly Canadian-based teams, so it stands to reason that a fair number of us are Canadian and will be rooting for the Canadian men's national team. So let's take a look at just what we've got to look forward to when it comes to the team representing our home and native land.

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Canucks Pedan: 'I think it's time for me to play in the NHL'

Jeff Paterson
September 12 2016 11:00AM

Like many prospects, Andrey Pedan feels he’s ready for full time duty in the National Hockey League. He also knows, however, that the decision is not his to make and that the Vancouver Canucks coaching staff and management may have other ideas. Still, the 23-year-old defenseman plans to do all he can to state his case to the Canucks brass when training camp opens at the end of next week in Whistler.

Leaving nothing to chance, Pedan has been skating with Canucks teammates for a couple of weeks now to ensure he’s ready to make an impression when camp begins.

“I think it’s time for me to play in the NHL,” he told Canucks Army after a recent workout at Rogers Arena. “I’m going to do everything I can to make the team this year. I think the coaches know what I can do. It’s up to them to make the decision.”

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