Catching up with Old Friends - Playoff Edition

J.D. Burke
May 10 2015 03:02PM

Having exercised six of the seven stages of grief following the Vancouver Canucks unceremonious first round exit, we can comfortably move into the final such part of the program: acceptance. We've since left the anger, denial, shock, bargaining and depression behind us - each varying in degree of difficulty and length -  having just now come to terms with the heartbreak left in the wake of this season and consequently a new found appreciation for those that got away before or during it.

Except for Ryan Kesler. Screw that guy.

I mean, who among us wouldn't get a kick out of watching a former Canuck raise the cup? Maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself here though. Lets check in on some former players and coaches to see how they've done to this point and how their prospects look going forward.

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Why Missing Matt O'Connor Doesn't Hurt Vancouver

Rhys Jessop
May 09 2015 01:20PM

The Matt O'Connor derby came to an end this morning with the highly-touted undrafted college free agent choosing to sign with the Ottawa Senators instead of the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, or New York Rangers. While Canucks fans are certainly disappointed that their team didn't land the big fish in the college UFA market once again, missing out on O'Connor isn't necessarily a big deal.

How can failing to sign a guy with so much hype and buzz surrounding him be a very minor miss for Jim Benning and the Canucks? Read past the jump to find out.

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A Look Back At Utica's First Round Win Over Chicago

Josh W
May 09 2015 11:00AM

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The Utica Comets wrapped up their first ever playoff series doing things their parent club could not: winning 3 games and eliminating their opponents.  When we reviewed the series we noted that the Comets had nearly the upper hand in all facets between the two teams (with the edge to Chicago in shot suppression).

The first series went the full five games.  With three of the games ending in overtime and four of the games being won by a single goal, it does not take any deep analysis to realize how easily this series could have been won by either team.

Let’s look deeper into what went down between these two teams.

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HOW GOOD IS MIKKO RANTANEN?

Lowetide
May 09 2015 07:00AM

Mikko Rantanen is a quality two-way winger who played in a top pro league (SM-Liiga) at age 18. His output in the Finnish elite league (56GP, 9-19-28) suggests real offensive ability.

How good is Mikko Rantanen?

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Utica Comets versus Oklahoma City Barons – AHL Playoff Series Preview

Josh W
May 08 2015 04:30PM

With almost five days of rest, the Utica Comets are ready to start their second round of the playoffs against Edmonton’s affiliate the Oklahoma City Barons.  These two teams have only faced each other twice in the regular season and the results were quite close. 

In the first round the Comets were able to pepper the Chicago Goaltender with shots, who stood on his head, and were able to win their first round in an exhilarating match up.  The second round looks to see the Comets face another formidable opponent.

Let us see how they match up after the jump.

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