February 11 2015 08:40AM
A miracle of biology, masters of geometry, and chemistry incarnate - Daniel and Henrik Sedin are different.
They're unlike anything you, or me, or Jamie Benn, or Tyler Seguin, or Dave Bolland, or Mike Milbury have ever seen. Identical twins and elite athletes, they've been side by side their entire lives. From wombmates to roommates to linemates in the SuperElite, in the SHL, and in the NHL, they've been inseparable for their entire lives.
Even their statistical output is identical. Henrik has appeared in 1,062 games in his NHL career. He's averaged .83 points per contest. Daniel? He's appeared in 1,031NHL games, averaging .82 points per contest. That's awesome, in the formal sense.
The twins are different, which is partly why they've so often and unfairly been the target of ridicule.
February 10 2015 06:44PM
We know that the Vancouver Canucks are interested in Evander Kane because general manager Jim Benning admitted as much this week.
It's not quite that simple though, and the club is reportedly debating whether or not they can afford to wait until after the March 2nd NHL trade deadline to make the Winnipeg Jets a credible offer for the 23-year-old power forward, according to ESPN and TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
"In a perfect world they'd rather go after (Kane) in the offseason because they're going for the playoffs," LeBrun said during an Insider Trading segment broadcast on TSN Tuesday evening. "They don't want to give up a roster player as part of a package for Evander Kane, but they know if they wait, maybe the ship goes by on Evander Kane and they miss out on their chance.
"That's a debate right now for the Canucks - 'do we have to act before March 2nd?'"
February 10 2015 02:30PM
The Vancouver Canucks have caught yet another injury-related break, this time by avoiding one.
Canucks second-line centre Nick Bonino left Monday night's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild in the second period after blocking a Ryan Suter one-timer with the inside of his left-foot. Fortunately it would seem that Bonino's foot was not fractured by Suter's hard slap shot, taken from pointblank range.
"There are no breaks," Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins said on Tuesday, adding that Bonino might even be back in the lineup on Wednesday. "We had him checked out again today."
You can exhale, Canucks nation.
February 10 2015 01:00PM
Some of the gents over at Canucks Army have been doing an excellent job investigating trends in drafting and success. This analysis includes excellent articles on size having an impact on draft success looking at forwards (by Money Puck) and defensemen (by Josh Weissbock).
I've gotten my hands on some data, so I thought I throw my own analysis into the pile.
Let's take a glance at what some numbers say.
February 10 2015 11:00AM
Here at Canucks Army, we love three things more than anything in the world: prospects, prospect rankings, and whining about prospect rankings. Every summer we vote on and rank the top-20 Canucks prospects to take stock of what's in the system, and every summer we hear vocal complaints from our readers they disagree with our rankings.
So this year, in our mid-term ranking, we gave you the chance to vote on prospects and
have a say on these players. Since our summer rankings, we've
simplified the definition of "prospect" to any player in the Vancouver
Canucks' system that is eligible for the Calder Trophy if they were to
play in the NHL this year. This means that players like Linden Vey and
Joacim Eriksson who were not rated over the summer will be covered in
Without further adieu, here are the Canucks prospects that were rated 9th to 7th.