April 14 2016 01:00PM
The Canucks season is over and only a handful of prospects are left playing.
Brock Boeser and (new prospect) Troy Stecher are NCAA Champions!
Kyle Pettit continues his march to the OHL finals.
So there isn't a lot in the Canucks prospect world, but you can find it all here in this week's Blackfish!
April 14 2016 11:00AM
Welcome to the second straight Thursday edition of What Would You Do Wednesday. The first of its kind to follow the season's end.
The Vancouver Canucks held their year-end press conference, for players and management alike, and gave the city plenty to chew on. Canucks general manager, Jim Benning, alluded to the impact injuries had on their ability to compete this season and what their plans will be this summer to address them. Trevor Linden, on the other hand, sounded much more willing to fathom an extended rebuild. I'd like to think their philosophies are more closely aligned than most, but what do I know?
Anyways, assuming Benning was alluding to fighting the good fight and battling it out for the playoffs, while Linden was playing the long game... where do your allegiances lie? Are you committed to an extended rebuild, growing pains and all, or trying to make the post-season, next season.
April 14 2016 09:00AM
A little while back, Canucks general manager Jim Benning announced that he’d be looking to draft a defenceman in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, barring an elite forward being available that was too hard to pass up. So a couple of weeks ago I set out a primer for this year’s top four defencemen, making the assumption that the Canucks were likely to fall in the 4-10 range on draft day.
Then the Canucks went on a nine-game losing streak, and although they somehow managed to win four of their last six games, their final standings position has been cemented at 28th. Suddenly a top three pick is not only possible, but downright likely - only leapfrogging lottery winners could shake them from the top three.
With the new lottery system this year, any team out of the playoff picture has three cracks to move into the top three, where they'll have a chance to draft a franchise altering player. The first overall pick is nearly a no-brainer - Auston Matthews is considered the best player available, and only a few rabblerousers are challenging that notion.
In the second and third spots though, two towering Finnish wingers are slated to be taken. Both are well above six feet tall, and are putting up respectable numbers in the top tier Finnish league as 17-year olds. Say you’ve got the second overall pick at your disposal, who do you pick: Patrik Laine or Jesse Puljujärvi?
April 13 2016 05:01PM
You could see this one coming from a mile away. How else could we have 2000 words on the subject within a half an hour of the news breaking?
Today, the Canucks signed NCAA free agent defenceman Troy Stecher, a junior at the University of North Dakota. Stecher is a native of Richmond, B.C., and had told the press just last week how he “dreamed about playing for the Canucks” when he was younger. Stecher also spent the season with Vancouver’s 2015 first round selection, Brock Boeser. This was a lay up.
Let’s take a look at what the Canucks have added in Troy Stecher, the season he’s enjoyed with the Fighting Hawks, and his hockey career to this point and into the future.
Statsler & Waldorf
April 13 2016 04:24PM
From high up in the gondola at Rogers Arena, you’re favourite Muppets are back to offer some thoughts on the end of the Canucks' season…
Waldorf: Well, Statsler looks like another season has gone by. Do you think we’re any closer to seeing the Canucks win a Stanley Cup?
Statsler: The only thing we’re closer to is the grave, you old fool.