As Far As Long Shots Go, I'd Put My Money on Jordan Subban

Jeremy Davis
September 19 2015 11:56AM


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Going into the 2015 Young Stars Classic in Penticton, the talk of the town was Oilers’ gift and future superstar Connor McDavid. To be sure, he didn’t disappoint. In the single game he played, he showed flashes of what is to come, though he was limited to a powerplay assist and a flimsy first goal.

If you’re a Canucks fan, you were probably more interested in Jake Virtanen, Jared McCann and Cole Cassels - three of their most hyped prospects, all of which missed last year’s tournament with various ailments. And again, while they have been impressive in their own rights - Virtanen with his trademark murderous physicality and breakaway speed, and McCann with his patented wrist shot - the Canucks most impressive player for my money has been Jordan Subban, in his third Young Stars appearance.

While Subban has always been flashy, he’s been consistently dismissed to some degree due largely to his size - at 5-foot-9, he doesn’t have many professional comparables. Going into his third season in the Canucks organization, though, Subban is demonstrating an unyielding determination to overcome the odds.

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Deep Dive: The Canucks Pre-Season

money puck
September 18 2015 05:27PM

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The 2015 offseason was challenging for the Canucks front office. Gone were faces of the franchise like Kevin Bieksa and Eddie Lack, and a host of complimentary players that helped the Canucks return to the postseason (Brad Richardson, Shawn Matthias, Zack Kassian, and Nick Bonino). You can debate at length whether or not the Canucks received fair value for the players they moved, and believe me we have, but with the regular season right around the corner it's time to look forward and discuss what type of team we will have for 2015-16. 

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Reading too much into the Canucks' training camp lines

Thomas Drance
September 18 2015 02:30PM

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Hilarious young Hamhuis training camp photo courtesy: @VanCanucks

The Vancouver Canucks opened training camp in Prince George on Friday morning, and while injured head coach Willie Desjardins wasn't there, you can rest assured that his lieutenants were busy executing his plans during the club's first on-ice session of the season. 

Desjardins made headlines last fall by putting Daniel and Henrik Sedin with Radim Vrbata right from the get-go at training camp, and then riding that line for several months. It's a maneuver that allows us to read way, way too much into the trios and pairs that Vancouver's coaching staff have composed on Day 1 of camp. 

So let's get into it!

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Benning's moves don't match his declared direction, and that's okay

Josh W
September 18 2015 12:19PM

Not everybody agrees with the general mindset of Canucks Army. I think that goes without saying. For example, look at Jake Virtanen; those who disagree with us are quick to point out that we dislike him. This isn't actually true - we like him, believe he'll be a good player, and hope that he'll develop into what's expected of him.

Our issue with a Virtanen isn't the player himself, but what he represents: bad decision making and incomplete thought processes. When he was drafted, it appeared that the Canucks left safer bets with higher upside on the board due to secondary perception. As the great philosopher Batman once said, a symbol is incorruptible and everlasting.

We do our best on this site to be analytical in our thoughts, and we try to judge the processes rather than the result itself. So when Jim Benning states that he wants to "retool on the fly", we're going to take that at face value and assess his choices in that context. If he stated he was opting for a full-on, tank-centred rebuild, we'd probably be bigger fans of the process so far.

In fact, let's engage in a thought experiment. Let's pretend that the on-the-fly talk is just for PR, and assess what the team has done from the perspective of an attempt at a "bottoming out" rebuild. This involves trading players with value as soon as possible, being bad for a few years, drafting high, and then developing your own core. How do Benning's decisions look under that mindset?

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
September 18 2015 06:45AM

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Jake Virtanen stands out in Van, Harvey the Hound one of Flames All-time greats, Nylander will make it hard on Leafs, Ehlers ready to make the jump, protecting Connor McDavid, the NHL's growing image problem and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.

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