Benning Eye for the Stats Guy: OHL Trip Wrap up

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November 22 2015 10:58AM

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Jim Benning's OHL scouting trip was rather impressive, catching 6 games in 8 days. To recap, here was his schedule:

Windsor Erie 07-Nov
Sarnia Saginaw 08-Nov
Erie Mississauga 10-Nov
London Guelph 13-Nov
Sudbury Mississauga 15-Nov
Erie Kitchener 15-Nov

Over the course of the 8 days, Benning managed to view all top OHL prospects, including every OHLer ranked by TSN"s Craig Button's in his top 30. Here's a recap of some of the highlights of Benning's trip: 

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Canucks Army Postgame: No Place Like Home

J.D. Burke
November 21 2015 11:35PM


At some point or another, the Sedin twins are going to retire and I will weep like a helpless infant. All things must pass, and so on.

We're a ways away from that moment though and it probably feels further after a performance like tonights. The future Hall of Fame wonder-twins combined for nine points and put the team on their back doe. On the backdrop of a milestone achievement, Dank and Hank led the Canucks to a 6-3 victory over the not-so-much-anymore rival Chicago Blackhawks in the Rogers Arena.

Vancouver's irrelevance has dulled this once fierce rivalry, but on a night like tonight it's hard to argue that the underlying disdain doesn't linger.

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Canucks will be without Vrbata, Sutter, Hutton vs. defending champion Blackhawks

Thomas Drance
November 21 2015 06:59PM

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The Vancouver Canucks figuratively limped back from their season-long seven game road trip this week. Actually they literally limped back too, as the club will be without a handful of key contributors when they host the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Radim Vrbata will not play, the club announced on Saturday. And though fourth-line winger Brandon Prust will return, Brandon Sutter remains sidelined and Ben Hutton is similarly on the limp. Vrbata will join Sutter and Hutton on the sidelines on Saturday night. 

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Milan Lucic on possibility of playing in Vancouver: 'Your dream is to play for your hometown team'

Thomas Drance
November 21 2015 05:30PM

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Milan Lucic wearing a Vancouver Canucks jersey? As recently as May it was unthinkable with how several of the city's rotten apples treated the Vancouver-born forward in the wake of the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup victory.

A vandalized church. Threats that caused Lucic to alter his Cup celebration plans. Weird, drunk attempts to provoke fights with Lucic at late-night Pizza chains on Granville St..

When Lucic was on the block, though, the Canucks were interested and Lucic indicated that he'd actually had his hopes set on coming home. It's an understandable impulse, especially in the wake of a family tragedy, which Lucic made public last weekend in a touching Sportsnet piece.

And the pull of returning home is still strong for the prototypical NHL power forward, as he made clear in a recent interview with TSN's Frank Seravalli.

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Canucks recall Taylor Fedun from Utica Comets

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 21 2015 05:27PM


It looks like the Canucks are undergoing yet another injury driven roster shuffle on the point, as the team recalled defenceman Taylor Fedun from the Utica Comets this afternoon.

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