October 17 2013 01:48PM
The jury is still out on the winner of the Mogilny-Hodgson trade
Tonight is Game 2 of the 7-game roadtrip, taking place in Buffalo, the hometown of a certain one-time Vancouver Canucks prospect. Not to spend too much time on this deal (I'd rather not) but I recognize it's a big story today. I have the same opinion of the trade as I did back in the spring of 2012—the return was underwhelming for the price. Mike Gillis cashed in his overpriced stock, Cody Hodgson, and took on another overvalued commodity in return in the form of one of the dozens of 'next Milan Lucic' players populating hockey.
"The Buffalo Sabres are 4-1-0 in their last five games against the Vancouver Canucks" so says the NHL.com preview, which can't be particularly useful information. Both teams have just 11 players from their last game against one another on the active roster and each of them has a player that happens to be suspended. One of the games in that stretch of five is from January of 2007, a game that saw the Canucks get goals from Taylor Pyatt, Jan Bulis and Markus Naslund while Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad and Chris Drury scored for the Sabres.
Basically, recent records against Eastern Conference teams are even more useless than they normally are. Assisting on that Bulis goal, by the way, Josh Green and Rory Fitzpatrick.
October 17 2013 09:44AM
In this last week of Canuck Prospects things have started to get a but busier. The Utica Comets and Comettes had their first games, the ECHL and CHL have started pre-season play and the OHL/WHL are quite busy in their schedule already. As always, follow me @nuckprospect for day to day updates on Canuck Prospects. I will post #fancystats on them when I can, though the data is not always there.
October 16 2013 08:58PM
Ryan Kesler sobs with raw emotion after bumping the slump.
Be gentle, it’s my first time here at Canucks Army. For those of you who don’t know, I’m Mitch; I blog, I enjoy a casual swear, and I have the grammar of a 9 year old boy. For those of you who do know me…well, you know everything I just said above is absolutely, 100% true and that in the right light it looks like former Canucks Christian Ehrhoff looks like he doesn’t have eyebrows. Enough is enough, let’s get you folks some news.
October 16 2013 12:56PM
Fewer offensive zone starts for the Sedins? No problem. (Image via Rich Lam )
We're 7 games into the 2013-14 regular season (meaning ~9% of the way through), which means that it's still super early and everything needs to be taken with a grain of salt. In the early going, we've made a concerted effort of focusing on game coverage, and news as it relates to Canucks, rather than any sort of in-depth analytical analysis. The reason for that is because of the ridiculously small sample size; there is so much noise in the numbers, and one particularly good or bad game will skew things far too heavily.
Once we get past the 10-game mark we'll probably begin to put more stock into the data we have from this season (which will include the highly anticipated zone entry data that we've been having tracked for each game). There's no right or wrong answer for when things will begin to settle in, and give a truer indication of play, so we'll play it by ear. If you'd like to take advantage of that and get drunk, you should take a drink everytime you see someone use the term "unsustainable". You know, like all that talk about Dan Hamhuis' poor luck.
With all that being said, I did want to give a plug to Rob Vollman (who has done projections for us in the past), who recently updated the invaluable Player Usage Charts for which he has become known for. If you're not familiar with Rob, he released a fantastic book this summer that I'd highly recommend to anyone and everyone.
Read on past the jump for a look at the Player Usage Charts for the Canucks through 6 games (the charts unfortunately haven't been updated since the game against the Flyers on Tuesday night).
October 15 2013 08:30PM
Chris Higgins can't help but smile tonight. (Image via Jeff Vinnick )
As the Vancouver Canucks went into Philadelphia to take on the Flyers on Tuesday evening, all the talk around here was about percentages, unsustainably bad luck, and being long overdue. All of that held particularly true for Chris Higgins, Ryan Kesler, and Dan Hamhuis, who have been having their play called into question because of things that tend to happen over the course of an 82-game season. Unfortunately for them, it came at the start of the season with the team struggling against good competition.
Some of that will surely die down after Thursday night's win, as the Canucks kicked off their 7-game road trip with a much needed two points thanks to a late flurry, line juggling, and some fortunate bounces.
Read on past the jump for a quick recap of the game.