February 02 2017 05:00PM
Have you heard of this Adam Gaudette kid, he's doing really well!
It was a good week for the Canucks prospects around the world. Some of the CHL prospects continue to improve their PPG rate, Gaudette is killing it in the NCAA, and a prospect is tearing up the Czech second division.
Another week has passed, which means we have a bunch of prospect news and you can find it all here in this week's Blackfish: Canucks Army Prospect Report!
February 02 2017 03:43PM
It was announced earlier this afternoon that Canucks captain Henrik Sedin would be the organization's LQBTQ-inclusion ambassador.
February 02 2017 03:00PM
Any of you that followed me during my most recent stint on Twitter will know that a have a particularly strong affinity for Nico Hischier, one that I was particularly vocal about during the World Junior Championships, when he basically single-handedly scared the pants off the Americans in the quarter finals. Hischier, who started the year outside the top ten by many (and in 10th by my early top ten), was already a consensus top five pick at this point and was only heading up (he's now provided a reasonable challenge for first overall).
Meanwhile, the Canucks heading into the Christmas break (and thus the start of the World Junior tournament) were undoubtedly one of the league's worst teams, and their position in the standings showed it. They sat in 27th place at Christmas, and even with a couple of early wins out of the Christmas break, hope was allowed to creep in and create draw a line between the Canucks' terrible record, their eventual draft position, and this shiny young Swiss centre that was setting the WJC on fire.
As a rule, the Canucks aren't usually allowed to have nice things, with a few exceptions. In nearly 50 years, they have never captured the first overall pick - a trend that started with a spinning wheel back in 1970. So rather than hoping for number one, hoping for a top two or three selection seemed like a safer bet for a Vancouver fan, right? This could really happen!
It was then that my bubble was burst by the mention of one name: Michael Rasmussen.
February 02 2017 01:41PM
Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell - USA TODAY Sports
With the Canucks a mere few weeks from the NHL trade deadline, it's time to take stock of the position from which they're operating. For the purpose of today's exercise, we'll prioritize fiscal assets ahead of personnel.
Having a clearer picture of what the Canucks have regarding their forwards, defence, goaltending, dollars and contracts will provide insight into some moves, if they happen, in the coming weeks.
Over the course of the next month, I will be able to use this snapshot to analyze, suggest some ideas, and create discussion, but for today, we are just visualizing where the organization stands.
February 02 2017 10:00AM
Welcome back, Canucks!
After a pretty lengthy break, the Canucks are back at it tonight against the Sharks. Surprisingly, this is their first meeting of the season, but there will be plenty of hatred in the next month or so. Everyone is well rested, Jannik Hansen is slated to come back for the weekend and somehow, some way... the Canucks are still in the playoff race.
Let's play the hockey.