September 24 2015 04:36PM
Today's Best Of list covers the top 10 Canucks forwards. This is by far the easiest list to make. While the Canucks have had solid defence (through few game breakers) and good goaltending (from a very select list), there has been far more impressive offensive talent. While we all struggled (and ultimately failed) to find a way to keep Dan Cloutier off of the goalie list, we actually had to narrow down the forward candidates. Imagine that.
Let's take a walk through the top 10 forwards in Canucks history.
September 24 2015 12:36PM
The Canucks acquired Brandon Prust to lessen the cumbersome load placed solely on Derek Dorsett's shoulders as team pugilist. It can be a taxing role to fill and all the more so when done by one's self.
By chance they've also stumbled upon a valuable bottom-six piece that can contribute to the defensive health of this franchise in a prescribed fourth line role. At 31 years old, it seems highly unlikely that Prust can help to move the needle for Vancouver as they transition ever-so-slowly in their not-quite-rebuild. Prust can, however, help them towards their goal of competing throughout the process and mentoring the oncoming swarth of young talent.
At the very worst, Prust is an experienced grinder, with two-way chops on an expiring contract that can be flipped at the deadline for futures.
September 24 2015 10:13AM
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The Safe Picks
1. Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin – There should be no surprise that the twins are your safest fantasy bet. Despite closing in on their 35th birthdays, Henrik and Daniel are not showing any signs of slowing down. Both players finished last year just a few shades under a point-per-game. They’re likely not going to capture back-to-back Art Ross Trophies again but you can likely count on both of them finding their way into the Top 20 for league scoring.
September 23 2015 01:00PM
Cole Cassels with a successful pass in entry to Hunter Shinkaruk
A little over a week ago, the Canucks Young Stars tournament in Penticton wrapped up. It was a fun one, in the sense that we got our first chance to see many of the Canucks prospects in what we hope will become their eventual uniforms for the first time.
Now that it's over, however, I took the opportunity to go back and re-analyze the games. With this, I've compiled some zone entry data to share with you all. The sample is small; just three games, but it's better than nothing. We gave a glimpse into some of the data in a post last week, but now that all the game data has been amalgamated, we can get a better picture of how these prospects performed over the weekend.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 23 2015 12:00PM
Now that the Canucks have a couple of days off, we at the Army figured we take a little bit of time to wrap up our look at the history of this fine team. You've seen our all-time roster - but who do we actually rank in the highest of echelons?
Let's kick things off with the most important position in hockey - the goaltender. They're the ones who bail you out, night after night. Well, in theory at least; if there's a position where the Canucks haven't had a ton of luck in over the years, it's definitely between the pipes. Despite the fact that this team has spent forty-five years in the NHL, it was terrifyingly difficult to come up with these rankings. Regardless, lets take a look.