First Star, Worst Star: February 22, 2015

February 22 2015 12:53PM


Like sands through the hourglass, so is First Star, Worst Star. 

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Canucks Army GDT #59 - Canucks @ Islanders

Rhys Jessop
February 22 2015 12:21PM

The Vancouver Canucks continue their Eastern road swing this afternoon, visiting the Metropolitan division leading New York Islanders. With their win over the New York Rangers on Thursday, the Canucks pulled themselves to second in the Pacific division, but a loss over the lowly Devils prevented them from putting some daylight between themselves and the Wild and Sharks. As it stands, the Canucks sit just two points out of a tie for 9th in the conference, so this afternoon's two points are critical.

Read past the jump for a preview of this afternoon's game.

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Wrapping up the Midterm Prospect Voting - Our Votes

Josh W
February 22 2015 11:00AM

We have finally finished the Canucks Army midterm prospect voting, where we reviewed all Canucks prospects to see how they have progressed over the half season, and updated our rankings on them.  Since we normally have vocal complains that people are not happy with the voting results or from the writers this time we decided to give you the readers a say.

Continue past the jump to see how our voting went down.

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Canucks recall Nicklas Jensen from Utica

Thomas Drance
February 21 2015 05:37PM

The Jensen Train is headed at full speed down the Long Island Rail Road.

On Saturday evening the Vancouver Canucks announced the recall of Utica Comets winger Nicklas Jensen. Jensen, 21, has managed 10 goals and 20 points in 38 games in the American Hockey League this season.

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Should Lawson Crouse be drafted with a top-10 pick?

money puck
February 21 2015 12:00PM

In recent weeks, there has been a subtle change to the narrative regarding how Canucks management discusses their team. Before the season started, all management seemed to talk about was the return of the Canucks to the playoffs. We were told we were retooling, not rebuilding.

However, of late, management's focus is becoming more apparent, specifically when it was brought to light that Benning was unwilling to part with Jared McCann, Jake Virtanen or Bo Horvat as part of a deal to land Evander Kane. While the Canucks are very much intent on making the playoffs (Francesco does love that playoff revenue after all!), they appear to be just as focused on preparing to be successful for 3 to 4 years from now in a world without the Sedins. Maybe, just maybe they've come to realize that the window to compete for a championship with this core has closed.  

What is all the more interesting is that the 2015 draft class looks to be one of the strongest draft classes in recent memory, even beyond Connor McDavid, who looks to be a generational player.  With a very strong chance the Canucks will be able to pick up a top tier prospect when they select in June, much focus will be on who is available in the Canucks range, likely to be somewhere between 10 to 20 overall. 

This brings to the much discussed Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs. After playing for team Canada after the World Junior tournament, Crouse has seen his draft stock skyrocket on most draft charts, as high as 3rd overall on ISS' prospect rankings, behind only the aforementioned McDavid and Jack Eichel. But is he really deserving of this high ranking though?

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