September 25 2015 10:45AM
Next up in the Canucks Army countdown for the All-Time Best Players will be the defenders. Given Brian Burke's emphasis on building from the crease outward, it should come as no surprise that the list is comprised mainly of players either acquired or drafted in the years he managed this franchise. It's a fairly strong list. What it lacks in Hall of Fame talent is more than made up for with solid depth throughout - there's no massive drop-off in talent here, to be sure.
And with that, let's get this ball rolling! Here are the best ten defencemen in Vancouver Canucks history, as selected by the writers at Canucks Army.
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September 25 2015 06:45AM
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September 24 2015 04:36PM
Today's Best Of list covers the top 10 Canucks forwards. This is by far the easiest list to make. While the Canucks have had solid defence (through few game breakers) and good goaltending (from a very select list), there has been far more impressive offensive talent. While we all struggled (and ultimately failed) to find a way to keep Dan Cloutier off of the goalie list, we actually had to narrow down the forward candidates. Imagine that.
Let's take a walk through the top 10 forwards in Canucks history.
September 24 2015 12:36PM
The Canucks acquired Brandon Prust to lessen the cumbersome load placed solely on Derek Dorsett's shoulders as team pugilist. It can be a taxing role to fill and all the more so when done by one's self.
By chance they've also stumbled upon a valuable bottom-six piece that can contribute to the defensive health of this franchise in a prescribed fourth line role. At 31 years old, it seems highly unlikely that Prust can help to move the needle for Vancouver as they transition ever-so-slowly in their not-quite-rebuild. Prust can, however, help them towards their goal of competing throughout the process and mentoring the oncoming swarth of young talent.
At the very worst, Prust is an experienced grinder, with two-way chops on an expiring contract that can be flipped at the deadline for futures.
September 24 2015 10:13AM
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The Safe Picks
1. Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin – There should be no surprise that the twins are your safest fantasy bet. Despite closing in on their 35th birthdays, Henrik and Daniel are not showing any signs of slowing down. Both players finished last year just a few shades under a point-per-game. They’re likely not going to capture back-to-back Art Ross Trophies again but you can likely count on both of them finding their way into the Top 20 for league scoring.