April 15 2013 04:43PM
Yep. Check your reasonable expectations at the door.
Photo via Canucks.com.
Today at Canucks Army we looked at why it might make some sense to play Kesler on the wing (which might not even be happening now, apparently), wrote up Frank Corrado's assignment to the Chicago Wolves, and previewed Monday night's game between the Canucks and Predators.
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April 15 2013 12:52PM
Henrik Sedin celebrated a penalty shot goal the last time these two teams played.
Image uncredited via boston.com.
The Canucks are coming off of two really underwhelming efforts against a pair of Western Conference cellar dwellers in the Calgary Flames and the Colorado Avalanche. Whether motivation is an issue or there's something else at play, it would behoove the Canucks to figure it out in short order. You don't want to struggle down the stretch and back into the postseason when the team's potential first round opponents include the Blues, Sharks and Kings - a veritable murderers row...
This week the Canucks will play four games in six nights, against three pretty good teams and also the Predators, who they play Monday evening. Let's hope they have their games faces on...
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April 15 2013 12:23PM
Photo Uncredited via Frankcorrado.blogspot.com
The Canucks don't have a particularly deep pool of prospects, but two-way defenseman Frank Corrado - drafted in the fifth round in the 2011 NHL draft - is a talented young player. His Kitchener Rangers were eliminated from the Ontario Hockey League postseason on Friday night by Dale Hunter's London Knights, and according to the team Frank has been assigned to join the Chicago Wolves:
Media Release: #Canucks assign Frank Corrado to the AHL Chicago Wolves.— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) April 15, 2013
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April 15 2013 11:38AM
Kesler played some good hockey on Mats Sundin's wing a few years back.
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Shortly after the Canucks traded for Derek Roy, Laurence Gilman went on the Team 1040, and said that in his opinion Ryan Kesler had played some of his best hockey during his time in Vancouver while skating on Mats Sundin's right-wing. It was the second time in the span of a year that Vancouver's Assistant General Manager had broached this particular hobby horse, and Gilman's boss echoed the sentiment in a media availability later that day. Why would the Canucks consider moving their Selke winning two-way ace centreman to the wing exactly? Offense, according to Mike Gillis:
"To generate more offense. When Ryan is out of the lineup teams can really focus on Daniel and Henrik. To get their focus away from them - we need more offense. Derek's a really skilled playmaking centre and in different situations I can can [Kesler] moving up and down the lineup."
Lo and behold, at Canucks practice on Sunday morning, the Canucks were taking line rushes with a second line that included Ryan Kesler on Derek Roy's right-wing. Also, Alex Burrows which is a whole other story. So if we look at the data, does Vigneault's latest lineup purée appear justified? Or should the Canucks stop messing around in advance of the postseason?
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April 14 2013 12:56PM
I think I speak for all CanucksArmy writers when I say that I love the way Max Lapierre plays hockey. He's cleaned up his act considerably since coming to Vancouver two years ago, and does a great job as the fourth line center (he's essentially a third defenseman with how coach Alain VIgneault deploys him).
The Canucks slept-walked through most of the game against Calgary on Wednesday night, but Lapierre and linemade Andrew Ebbett provided some excitement with a prototypical "grinder" goal, and it kickstarted the rest of the team, as Mason Raymond and Daniel Sedin added goals shortly after.