September 30 2013 12:20PM
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Meaningful(-ish) regular season hockey is almost here! The Canucks will open the 2013-14 NHL season on Thursday night in San Jose, so of course we're kicking off our detailed Canucks season preview. We're beginning today with a preview of Vancouver's centre group, and we'll roll through some predictable topics between now and Thursday (defense, goaltending, the new Pacific Division).
Let's get to Vancouver's forward group on the other side of the jump.
September 30 2013 10:16AM
Canucks claim Ryan Stanton— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 30, 2013
This seems odd, unless Ryan Stanton is secretly a centreman. I'd assumed that the Canucks would play with seven defencemen, and they were mostly locked in after Frankie Corrado was cut and sent to Utica. Evidently not, as the Canucks will carry around a 6'2", 196-lb defenceman who has recorded 256 penalty minutes in his last two AHL seasons with the Rockford Ice Hogs.
September 30 2013 08:53AM
Cover of the .pdf version
The 2013-2014 Hockey Prospectus Annual is a book much different in style and content than the 2013 Hockey Abstract written by Robert Vollman. The Abstract was Vollman's general look at where statistical hockey analysis is in the year 2013, while Prospectus focuses on teams and players, and less on theory.
The writing is primarily done by Vollman, but there are many familiar names that pop up if you read often about hockey metrics online, such as Adam Gretz, Ryan Wagman and Corey Sznajder. With Vollman writing up many of the essays introducing teams and players, it's no surprise that the tome is heavily stocked with player usage and performance charts.
September 29 2013 12:27PM
The Vancouver Canucks didn't have to use the waiver-wire to send anybody down on Sunday, but they cut their roster by one by officially sending Bo Horvat down to the London Knights. Both Horvat and fellow first round pick from the Knights Max Domi last until the very end of training camp, and the Knights are again in a position to roll through the Ontario Hockey League in search of their third consecutive J. Ross Robertson Cup.
As for the Canucks, this means that they'll probably switch the newly-acquired Zac Dalpe from winger back to centre, where he'd played at Ohio State but struggled in his first couple of seasons of pro hockey. There are probably still a couple of moves the team has to make before rosters are set Monday at 2 p.m. Eastern, as the Canucks currently stand at 25 players on the roster.
September 29 2013 11:05AM
Maybe this isn't as big news as the Canucks bringing about Zac Dalpe, but the team has re-signed Jannik Hansen, it came out Sunday morning. Many current players are signed for three or more seasons including Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows, Chris Higgins, Alex Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison and Dan Hamhuis, not to mention Roberto Luongo. Hansen joins that group with a four-year extension that will take him through the 2017-2018 season, and he was slated to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.