August 18 2016 11:00AM
Yesterday, we took a look back at three trades that helped reverse the fortunes of the Canucks from the late 1990s. Each of these trades had something in common. Namely, they each featured older core players being traded for younger, future core pieces. Although there were other, sometimes important, pieces involved in each deal, we can essentially boil each trade down to that essential fact. Pavel Bure became Ed Jovanovski, Alexander Mogilny turned into Brendan Morrison, and Trevor Linden became Todd Bertuzzi (as well as a key asset that was instrumental in acquiring the Sedins). Mike Keenan - and later, Brian Burke - were able to extract value for their ageing, and occasionally diminishing assets. Toss in a few good draft picks and the continued development of some talent already on the roster - like Markus Naslund and Mattias Ohlund - and the Canucks were able to ride the wave back to respectability. A textbook rebuild, or so the story goes.
August 18 2016 09:00AM
When Guillaume Brisebois was picked 66th overall in 2015 with the top selection that the Canucks received for Eddie Lack, the predominant thought was that he would always be judged based on that trade. While there is still a bit of cachet to his name, a variety of circumstances have changed the light under which Brisebois is viewed, likely for the better.
A steady, smooth skating, two-way defenceman, Guillaume Brisebois checks in at number 11 on our list of the Top 20 Canucks Prospects.
August 17 2016 01:00PM
The Canucks don't have any even resembling a chance of landing coveted NCAA free agent Jimmy Vesey. Let's just get that out of the way. It's not going to happen. I am sorry.
He's the talk of the town right now in every hockey town though because he's expected to make a decision on where he'll sign by the end of the week. I've heard any combination of the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs are at the head of the pack. You can assume anyone in that Northeastern locale is in the mix to some extent, though.
So, it's not overly Canucks relevant, I know, but here we are in the middle of August, with almost nothing new in Vancouver that's hockey related, and I'm wondering where you would go were you in Vesey's shoes. And I want to know why you would go there, too.
August 17 2016 11:00AM
Let's be completely honest, Canucks fans of a certain vintage have had it pretty good. There are some, born in the mid-1990s, who have no memory of sustained failure. In fact, this most recent stretch -- which, neatly, coincides precisely with the arrival of the Sedin twins in 2000 -- has been the longest period of excellence in franchise history (ending only recently, that is). The first 30 NHL Canuck seasons saw exactly one season of greater than 100 points and another 23 seasons with a losing record, and only three division championships. Being a Canuck fan was a matter of personal dedication.
August 17 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks seem to have an affinity for drafting defencemen in the fifth round, and for a franchise known for selecting their fair share of duds at the draft table, they've had more luck than you'd think. Kevin Bieksa, Ben Hutton, and Frank Corrado are all former fifth-round selections made by the Canucks that have played in the NHL, and Carl Neill, another fifth-round selection, was our 16th prospect in this year's consensus ranking.
The selection of Cole Candella at 140th overall continues that trend, and there's reason to believe he could be another member of what's become a long line of respectable d-men drafted in the fifth round by the Canucks. In what was otherwise a pretty forgettable 2016 draft, (Olli Juolevi notwithstanding,) he was easily the Canucks' best value pick of the draft, helping him land in the #12 spot in this year's consensus ranking.