All That Remains: A Recap of the Last Men Standing on the Canucks Roster

Jeremy Davis
October 02 2015 12:54PM

You've probably already heard it a half a dozen times, whether it's from GM Jim Benning, President Trevor Linden or head coach Willie Desjardins. The line goes something like this: if our young players play well, we will make room for them.

Now seven games into the preseason, it looks like that pledge will be seriously tested. Jake Virtanen has been physically impressive and has shown off bits of offensive flair against Calgary and Edmonton. Brendan Gaunce's continued improvement had made many feel that he is a viable replacement for the injured Chris Higgins. But now two players that weren't expected to have a serious shot at the team - Jared McCann and Ben Hutton - are among the team leaders in points and may have been the two strongest players at their respective positions so far.

The Canucks management team may be in for a tough week. Who will be left standing once all the cuts are made?

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Canucks Army Player Profiles: Luca Sbisa

Grainne Downey
October 02 2015 11:11AM

What can one say about Luca Sbisa that has not already been said? 

One of the most erratic defenseman in the league, Luca Sbisa is a nice, quadrilingual young man who plays a fast and physical game. Something of an anti-Chris Tanev, Sbisa lacks the instinct to make safe, smart play, especially when under pressure. Occasionally, this will result in impressive breakout passes or offensive rushes, but more often than not, it ends with a mad scramble in the Canucks' end.

Read on past the jump to get re-aquainted with the most discussed 6th defenseman in the league.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
October 02 2015 06:45AM

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Trade rumors of Zajac to Toronto swirl, Brandon Sutter's big expectations in Vancouver, Flames predicted to make playoffs, young core better positioned than Oilers, Maurice and Yeo clash in Winnipeg, Eberle out for a while in Edmonton, young kids making rosters, training camp cuts, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings

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Canucks remind the Oilers that they're still the Oilers, win 5-2

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 01 2015 10:05PM

A few weeks ago, Jake Virtanen murdered Connor McDavid with his body. It was amazing and we all loved it. But unfortunately, the kid they call McJesus has his resurrection feature enabled, and the team was stuck facing him again tonight. Thankfully, Virtanen was one of three young men who thoroughly beat up the Oilers on the scoresheet, snapping their 6-0 preseason record in the form of a 5-2 Canucks victory.

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Jake Virtanen channels inner Whitecap, scores with face, returns with stitches

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 01 2015 08:48PM


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When coaches tell players that they should use their head to help them get an edge on the scoresheet, they typically don't mean it in a literal sense. Jake Virtanen, on the other hand, executed the strategy by the book, taking a puck to the face, unintentionally (we hope) beating Cam Talbot to give the Canucks an insurance tally late in the second period of Thursday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

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