June 17 2016 01:00PM
As draft analysts and scouting organizations connect Logan Brown and the Vancouver Canucks the fan base is becoming increasingly leery. The Canucks have their highest draft pick in nearly two decades and the thought of spending that on a big centre ranked well outside that range is a scary thought for some.
Craig Button of TSN started the firestorm, selecting Brown in the Canucks stead in a mock draft in April. The hype hasn't exactly cooled since, as Brown impressed at the NHL Draft Combine with his physical testing and interviews alike.
While the concern associated with the Canucks entertaining the idea of selecting Brown fifth overall is fair, his merits as a prospect are being undersold in return. There's a difference between "Logan Brown is a bad prospect" and "Logan Brown isn't a smart play at fifth overall". Brown is still a good prospect in his own right and well deserving of the top-ten selection a team is likely to spend on him.
So let's try and split the difference and find out what Brown can offer.
June 17 2016 11:16AM
The Vancouver Canucks saw Glen Gulutzan oversee special teams for the club for three seasons - but all good things must come to an end, and he's headed to Calgary now.
June 17 2016 11:00AM
It seems as though the NHL is going to take the gamble, and slot a team into Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Las Vegas is typically full of excitement with shows, gambling, and enough alcohol to fill an inflatable pool. Will a pro sports franchise work? The NHL seems to think so, as future owner Bill Foley has done many market tests and has over 13,000 season ticket deposits in place. Does a team in Vegas excite you? Our writers discuss in this week's edition of the Canucks Army Roundtable.
June 17 2016 08:00AM
There's a whole lot to like about Matthew Tkachuk, son of former NHLer Keith Tkachuk. He's big, he's tough, he's got a great shot and impressive vision and playmaking ability. As the fifth ranked prospect on our list, he falls right into the wheelhouse of some Canadian teams, making the locals pay even closer attention.
But Tkachuk hasn't been without his detractors, and while you certainly can't claim that he isn't incredibly talented, there is a case to be made that his numbers have been inflated a bit because of who he spent the 2015-16 season playing with. Read on to find out more.
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June 17 2016 05:00AM
The NHL is boring, Kessel gets it done, is Matthews really better than Laine, what do the Canucks have at 5, remembering Gordie Howe, Flames buyouts, where will Yakupov go, the NHL draft, Vegas expansion, free agency, Randy Carlyle and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.