January 27 2017 09:00AM
The All Star break is upon us, meaning we get a full week without Canucks hockey! This feels especially exciting after last night's snoozer in Glendale. As Bo Horvat prepares to rub elbows with Carly Rae Jepsen and Nick Jonas, his teammates are driving cars and go-karts, helping their friends out, and learning to express emotion.
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January 27 2017 05:00AM
Shattenkirk reportedly on board with the 'Shanaplan in Toronto, don't buy Ken Holland's hope in Detroit, a closer look at the Jets GM, the Flames need a shakeup, Oilers have to do better against the best teams, the Battle of Alberta sweep, killing the shootout, Henrik Sedin, NHL power rankings and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
January 26 2017 10:27PM
With one game remaining before the All-Star break, the Canucks waltzed into Phoenix tonight to play the hapless Coyotes, fresh off a victory against the last-place Avalanche the night before. What followed was one of the most collectively uninspired games in recent memory. Vancouver failed to register a shot on goal in the first period and failed to score a goal in the remaining two, ultimately losing 3-0.
With an excellent opportunity to consolidate their position in the Western Conference wild-card race, the Canucks instead came out flat. The Canucks would finish with only 19 shots on goal against the NHL's 29th-place team. That, coupled with the Los Angeles Kings' win against Carolina (coincidentally, also by a 3-0 margin), the Canucks again fell out of the playoff picture.
January 26 2017 05:00PM
Olli Juolevi checks in as the second best Vancouver Canucks' prospect. A fitting distinction for the Finnish defenceman, selected with the Canucks fifth overall selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Given Juolevi's lofty pedigree, there's no doubting his status as the best defensive prospect in the Canucks organization. The Canucks have long desired a number one defenceman, capable of eating minutes and playing in all situations. Ideally, Juolevi is their guy.
Time will tell if the Canucks took the right defenceman in the 2016 draft, but there is still high hopes that the smart, smooth skating, and positionally sound Juolevi will be the anchor for the Canucks back-end for years to come.
January 26 2017 03:30PM
Another week has passed and the Canucks currently occupy a wild card spot!
For the Canucks prospects, it's been a busy week. Utica continues to put together an impressive run in January, Adam Gaudette's goal was the NCAA play of the week and some of the CHL prospects continue their pace.
All of that and more in the weekly Canucks Army Prospect Report!