WWYDW: Taking Stock

J.D. Burke
January 27 2016 01:39PM

Things are starting to pick up in advance of the NHL Trade Deadline. To their credit, the Canucks have already dipped their toes in the water, snatching Emerson Etem from the New York Rangers for Nicklas Jensen.

That was trade was quick to develop, going from rumour to reality in less than a days time. What's more, it involved two pieces that were perhaps on the unexpected side of the spectrum. Although, it's fair to wonder if we should really be surprised anymore by a prospect trade that tilts the scales in Vancouver's favour with Jim Benning at the helm.

I can't help but wonder if any other Canucks pieces are play - for the right price of course. I mean, Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis are brought up with regularity. Could there be any surprises in advance of the trade deadline, though?

Which unexpected pieces do you think could be gone by the deadline? Or for that matter, which off the radar acquisitions could you see the Canucks making? Think outside the box for this one!

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Canucks Army Postgame: First Line Centre, Brandon Sutter

J.D. Burke
January 26 2016 11:54PM

Reinforced and returning from a six-game Eastern road swing, the Vancouver Canucks hosted the Nashville Predators for their final game before heading into the All-Star break.

Brandon Sutter would be making his return to the Canucks lineup, slotting into the Canucks first line in Jared McCann's stead and picked up right where he left off, finishing a great tic-tac-toe passing play with Daniel Sedin for the Canucks opening marker, knotting the game at one heading into the first intermission.

The Canucks took command of the game from that point into the third, dominating the shot clock and controlling the flow of play quite mightily. Some might argue that they were generating a high quantity of shots, without getting many high quality shots, but really, we're just nit-picking there.

Nashville pushed back in the third though, keeping Vancouver off the shot-clock for well over ten minutes (prompting a super neat and sad graphich by Sportsnet). Then the opportunistic Preds took advantage of a sloppy Canucks change and put the gamewinner past Ryan Miller for a 2-1 victory.

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Are the Canucks planning to sign Thatcher Demko this summer?

Ryan Biech
January 26 2016 02:15PM

As the Canucks begin down the path of a full-on youth movement, the player that could potentially make the largest impact on the ice is still not officially signed by the organization. That got me thinking: are the Canucks planning to add Thatcher Demko to the fold sooner rather than later?

The Canucks goaltending prospect has been tearing up the NCAA this season, with two separate three-game shutout streaks while leading Boston College to one of the best defensive seasons in their history. Currently sporting a 15-4-3 record with 1.71 GAA, 0.936 SV% and 7 shutouts, Demko has improved every season since being drafted by the Canucks in the second-round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Calgary Flames took goaltender Mason MacDonald two picks before the Canucks were able to snag Demko, and at this moment, it looks like the Canucks were able to steal the better goaltending prospect.

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Brandon Sutter's return might not help as much as you hope it will

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 26 2016 11:55AM

Brandon Sutter will be returning to the Vancouver Canucks' lineup tonight for the first time since November 10th. While the 26-year-old centre has his detractors, the overwhelming majority of the fanbase is excited for his return. After all the Canucks were 7-4-5 with him in the lineup and have been 13-14-6 since. That's a difference in point pace of eighteen over the span of 82 games; or, to put it another way, the difference between the upper end of the basement and making the playoffs.

At the same time, though, it's possible that he's not the missing piece that will make this team successful. Let me take you on a journey laced with East Coast Bias if you'll allow me.

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