Babych Please - Nov. 3rd, 2015

Grainne Downey
November 03 2015 03:00PM


Overall, it was a good week for the Canucks rookies, though it did not come without its low points. Read on past the jump to catch up with all of the fun (and sometimes kind of mean) things that the Canucks did this week!

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Report: NHL teams 'monitoring' SHL leading scorer Anton Rodin, who is still Canucks property

Thomas Drance
November 03 2015 01:00PM

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Former Vancouver Canucks second-round draft pick Anton Rodin will reportedly be monitored by curious NHL teams at the upcoming Karjala Cup in Finland, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

"Hard to say how many potential European free agents can make an impact in North America," Friedman wrote in his latest 30 Thoughts column, but there are at least two others who will be monitored in Finland. Both are Swedes. 

 "One is Anton Rodin, an about-to-be-25-year-old forward drafted in 2009 by Vancouver. He played in the AHL, but couldn’t get a one-way contract and went home. (UPDATE: I had checked to see if Vancouver retained his rights and misunderstood the results. He is still Canucks property.)"

Would Rodin interest the Canucks? And if not, could the club potentially finagle an asset from another team that's willing to roll the dice on the SHL's leading scorer?

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Canucks October Deep Dive

money puck
November 03 2015 11:43AM

It's been a unique October for the Vancouver Canucks. If you had told me back in August that they'd end the month with no less than four rookies in their lineup, Ryan Miller would be posting some of the best goaltending numbers in the league, and the Anaheim Ducks would be in the lead for the Auston Matthews sweepstakes, I would have been questioning the efficacy of your prescription medications, but here we are. 

Let's dig into the first month of the 2015-16 season after the jump. 

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Canucks earn Reeves reviews with 4-1 victory over Flyers on 'Grizzlies night'

Thomas Drance
November 02 2015 11:38PM

Courtesy: Matthew Henderson

The Vancouver Canucks celebrated Vancouver Grizzlies night on Monday, baffling Philadelphia Flyers beat writers and Canadian Press national reporters with a discordant sort of celebration of a team that left the city 15 years ago.

Shareef Abdul-Raheem was in attendance! So was the original Grizzlies dance squad! Alex Burrows played his 700th game! Henrik Sedin recorded his 1000th career point - cumulative between playoffs and the regular season. And Bo Horvat and Jake Virtanen, respectively, had the strongest games of their respective seasons. So there was a lot to like.

"It's pretty special getting your first one on home-ice in front fo the fans, pretty special," Virtanen told reporters of scoring his first career goal on Monday, somehow forgetting to mention that it was special because the goal occurred on Grizzlies night...

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Jake 'Big Country' Virtanen scores 1st career goal on Grizzlies night

Thomas Drance
November 02 2015 10:32PM

Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports

In what has to be one of the strangest moments in Vancouver sports history, prized Canucks rookie forward Jake Virtanen - nicknamed Big Country by his teammates - scored his first career NHL goal during a Vancouver Grizzlies-themed home game at Rogers Arena. 

What a time to be alive.

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