October 03 2014 11:45AM
If you're an avid reader of Canucks Army, you're all too aware that we're generally fans of hockey players named "Chris". From Tanev all the way to the subject of today's player preview, Chris Higgins.
It's not hard to understand why today's Chris - he of the Higgins variety - is the subject of much praise and adulation this side of town. Since joining the Canucks at the 2010-11 trade deadline, Higgins has provided a level of versatility and cost-effective play from the middle-six that most teams dream of.
When discussing Higgins, this gets brought up considerably more often than not. Put him on the second-line and watch him roll; like he did in the 2011 Playoff run. On the third, he's even more dangerous. It's safe to say there aren't many players as malleable as Higgins; who seemingly works well with just about anyone.
A trend that I'll look at in-depth, on the other side of the jump.
October 03 2014 09:00AM
For a quality middle-six forward on a very good contract, Danish-born Vancouver Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen takes a good deal of flack in the Vancouver market.
Perhaps it's because he's coming off of the worst offensive season of his NHL career, or because he's not seen as gritty enough, or North American enough, or skilled enough. Irrelevant concerns aside, Hansen remains a credible and productive top-nine forward at the NHL level and the type of player who can anchor a very good third forward group.
Read on past the jump.
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October 03 2014 05:30AM
Regular season is just around the corner, player previews, player cuts, fake signing's, cool gifts for fans and more in this week's Roundup.
October 02 2014 10:41PM
Vancouver entered Edmonton on Thursday night with one of their most complete rosters of the preseason. With the extremely notable exception of the Sedin twins, Vancouver's top-3 lines and entire defense looked like something you could expect to see at some point this season.
It wasn't a fantastic performance against a young and largely unproven Oilers squad, however, as both teams struggled to generate much in terms of offense for the night. The Canucks would manage to capitalize on two glaring defensive miscues by the home side, and Eddie Lack was nearly perfect once again, giving the Canucks a 2-1 win.
Read past the jump for a full recap.
October 02 2014 05:02PM
As the preseason winds down, the Canucks roster is starting to more closely resemble who we can expect to see in the lineup for opening night. With the exception of the Sedins and Radim Vrbata (who, I have a sneaking suspicion about this, have already made the team), Vancouver will bring essentially all their notable regular players to Rexall place and this evening's battle with the Edmonton Oilers.
Perhaps the most interesting twist is that Bo Horvat will be playing on the 4th line tonight between Tom Sestito and Derek Dorsett, who our own J.D. Burke did an excellent job of profiling this morning. Read past the jump for lineups, and what this could mean for Bo Horvat's chances to make the 2014-15 Canucks.