Canucks Army Postgame: Tanks for Nothing, Sharks

J.D. Burke
April 01 2016 12:15AM

You can't win them all, or so the saying goes. Right now winning is losing though and I'll be damned if the Canucks haven't had their fair share of victories of late. Nine of them to be exact.

Visiting the playoff-bound San Jose Sharks for the fifth and final game in their season series, Vancouver cut their winning losing streak short before hitting the historic ten-game mark. They came out the gate flying, forcing a Paul Martin turnover in the neutral zone and converting on the ensuing rush by way of a Daniel Sedin goal on a Martin Jones rebound. 

Bo Horvat caught the Sharks flatfooted not long after, driving his way to the net and firing the elusive second Canucks goal past an outstretched Jones. It's a good thing Horvat scored that goal, because it was his man who put the Sharks within one halfway through the first. Patrick Marleau, playing the role of floater in the Sharks power play formation, was lost in coverage and finished a passing play in the high-slot to cut the lead in half.

Logan Couture, almost predictably, knotted the game at two halfway through the third - invoking nightmares from the first quarter of this season and fulfilling the fantasies we've developed to finish it. Jannik Hansen used his deceptively accurate and hard slap shot to put the Canucks back on top and pot his 20th goal on the season. Markus Granlund put the final nail in the coffin, scoring an empty-net goal to close out the night.

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Russian and NCAA-bound players are riskier to draft, but the Canucks should keep picking them

Thomas Drance
March 31 2016 05:00PM

In the wake of Jimmy Vesey's unsurprising decision (unsurprising to everyone except the Nashville Predators, apparently) this week to spurn the team that drafted him and test unrestricted free agency, the status of NCAA-bound draft picks has been on the tip of the tongue.

This is true industry-wide, but it's been particularly true in the Vancouver market. There was some thought that the Canucks would've pursued Mark Jankowski if the Flames had been unable to get that deal done and the club's top two prospects - Brock Boeser and Thatcher Demko - are currently playing in the NCAA. 

If you look at Jim Benning's draft record with Boston and Buffalo and Vancouver, there's no clear trend in terms of his fishing holes. A career scout, Benning doesn't seem to have a favoured league or nationality of player or what have you. 

He's also drafted two Russian players, something the previous Canucks regime never did, and three college-bound players in his first two drafts. Clearly Benning doesn't appear to be worried about the increased signing risk posed by NCAA-bound or Russian-born players. And he shouldn't be. 

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Blackfish: Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report - March 31st, 2016

Ryan Biech
March 31 2016 03:00PM


Boston College and North Dakota are in the Frozen Four!

The CHL playoffs are in full swing, with the majority of the first round coming to a close this upcoming weekend!

The Canucks are in a top three draft spot!

You could outside enjoying the lovely weather or reading this week's Blackfish - so let's get at it!

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Graphic Comments: Campbell, the suit that acts like a heel

Graphic Comments
March 31 2016 02:00PM


The latest disclosure of emails related to the NHL concussion lawsuit leaves a lot of questions unanswered. But the biggest one might just be, "why does Colin Campbell still have an email account?"

But the fact that he does have an email account, and uses it, leads to a much more important follow-up question, "why does he still have a job with any kind of responsibility for what happens in the NHL?"

No, really. Why?

I mean, it's not like we didn't already know about how he likes to abuse his position.

But some of the latest emails to be released really make you wonder what redeeming qualities Campbell actually has as an NHL executive.

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March 31 2016 01:00PM


The Canucks and Sharks face off for the second time in three days in a battle of sea mammal logos. In an actual fight, the Orca should win as we don't really know what type of shark San Jose is actually. Doubt it's a great white but maybe a sand tiger shark? Kinda dangerous but mostly in aquariums. Anyways, the Canucks are probably going to drop another one bringing the total to TEN games!

Can Alex Burrows turn the trick again and snap the streak and fail attempt to break his composite stick? Time will tell. Bottom line, this team needs the season to end. The date we really are interested in is April 30; something about a draft lottery.





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