Friday Roundtable: Are You Ready for Luca Sbisa?

J.D. Burke
January 15 2016 09:00AM

The topic du jour is health, with many mainstays in the Canucks lineup set to return to their rightful spot. First on the list is Luca Sbisa, who is returning from a hand injury sustained blocking a shot.

Vancouver's defence has struggled in the Suisse defenders absence, although I'd caution against conflating correlation with causation. Regardless, I know the people running this team couldn't be happier to get their prized project back in the lineup, as they feel Sbisa adds an element of toughness and pugnacity otherwise lacking from their blue line.

There's definitely an argument to be made that Sbisa doesn't belong in the Canucks top-six, but the stark reality is that we all know he'll be there when healthy. Which begs the question: who comes out?

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 15 2016 06:00AM

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Could oil prices turn the Flames into a budget team, Canucks trade for Etem, clear benches with the Panthers, Jets great goaltending prospect, Connor McDavid's birthday, Lou Lamoriello trade history, Kevin Shattenkirk rumored availability, WingsNation launches, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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CANUCKS ARMY POSTGAME: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Matthew Henderson
January 14 2016 07:48PM

I t began with a tribute to one of the best players in our generation, featuring some of hockey's greats. The Capitals were providing a clinic against the Canucks all night, complete with two Kuznetsov goals and a great performance from Braden Holtby. More after the jump:

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Blackfish: Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report - January 14, 2016

Ryan Biech
January 14 2016 05:00PM

Another week has passed for Canucks prospects and wouldn't you know it, players like Dmitry Zhukenov and Anton Rodin continue to make some noise. While other prospects continue to struggle. So let's get excited and take a look at the week that was for the Canucks prospects.

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Pronman: Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects - Boeser and Demko make the cut

Ryan Biech
January 14 2016 04:13PM

ESPN prospect guru Corey Pronman released his mid-season Top 50 prospects and Top 10 goalie prospects (paywall, but well worth it) and two Canucks prospects made the cut. The Canucks 2015 first round pick, Brock Boeser, made the cut coming in as the 31st best skater and 2014 second round pick Thatcher Demko ranked third among goaltenders. 

Criteria for a prospect "graduating" are either 25 NHL games played in any one season, 50 total NHL games played in his career or a current spot on an NHL roster (as of Jan. 11). This precludes the likes of Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann from the "prospect" distinction.

The inclusion of both players in their respective categories is not surprising as they are easily the two best non-pro prospects for the Canucks. That said, I'll be looking into a puzzling omission on the other side of the jump.

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