May 02 2016 11:46AM
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If nothing changes between now and June 24th, the Vancouver Canucks will use their fifth overall selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft to pick one of two forwards: Cape Breton’s Pierre Luc Dubois or Matthew Tkachuk of the London Knights. Canucks general manager Jim Benning all but confirmed that it’s a two horse race on a Monday morning appearance on TSN 1040.
Speaking directly to Canucks fans for the first time since Saturday’s draft lottery, Benning revealed his thoughts on the defensemen available at the top of this year’s class and didn’t sound like a general manager prepared to use the fifth pick on a blueliner.
May 02 2016 11:00AM
May 02 2016 09:00AM
I'm of the belief that even the most inconsequential of transactions, events and whatever you may have leaguewide affects every team, at every level, to some extent. Newton's law and so on.
With that in mind, there just simply isn't enough time or resources to give them all the attention they deserve in this space. Ideally, though, one can scratch the surface of these events - linked directly to the Vancouver Canucks or otherwise - and examine their far-reaching impact to Roger's Arena and beyond.
With that, here are my Monday Morning Musings for the week that was.
May 01 2016 05:00PM
Daniel Sedin had something of a renaissance year in 2015-16, which is odd because he also had something of a renaissance year in the previous season. After the disaster that was 2013-14, Daniel and his brother proved that they were still first line players in 2014-15 by putting up 70+ points in the regular season.
The knock on him was the he appeared to be becoming a second version of Henrik - not only did they look exactly alike, but their play was overlapping more than ever. Long the shooter of the pair, Daniel put up the highest assist:goal ratio in his career in 2014-15, prompting many to assume that his goal scoring days were over. However, goals in four straight games to end the season hinted that that might not be the case.
This season, Daniel showed that he could still fill the back of the net, potting 28 goals in 82 games - his highest total since 2011-12. He spent much of the season on pace for many more, and a return to 30 goals seemed like a lock. However, underlying injuries and a team collapse took the wind out of those sails.
May 01 2016 02:21PM
Acquired in an off-season trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brandon Sutter's first season with the Vancouver Canucks was interrupted, then finished entirely by injuries. First by sports hernia surgery, which required surgery and kept him out of the lineup for close to two full months; then by a broken jaw, suffered in a February 9th contest against the Colorado Avalanche. In total Sutter played just 20 games this season.
Though Canucks general manager Jim Benning went on record lauding his newest acquisition for his two-way acumen and ability to add size and speed down the middle of their lineup, there wasn't necessarily room for Sutter to play there. Instead, the Canucks played Sutter alongside the Sedin twins, occupying the right wing spot that Jannik Hansen later resided.