WCOH GAME 2: Canada vs. USA

Jason Gregor
September 20 2016 12:20PM

What a glorious day.

Canada can knock the USA out of the tournament with a victory tonight. A win would give the Red and White a 2-0 record and guarantee them a berth in the playoff round, along with Team Europe, while the USA would play the Czech Republic in a meaningless game on Thursday.

How fun would it be to end the American's tournament after only two games? I'd say about a trillion times more fun than it was to be a fan of any Canadian NHL team last year. You've earned it.

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Who Will Centre the Canucks First Line After Henrik Sedin?

Jackson McDonald
September 20 2016 11:00AM

The Canucks have a centre depth problem, roster and pipeline alike. In an era where most teams elect to dress five or sometimes six natural centres, the Canucks will likely carry no more than four on their opening night roster.

Vancouver's showing at the annual Young Stars Tournament in Penticton has only served to highlight that organizational deficiency. The team wasn't expected to boast an electric group of forwards to begin with, but the late withdrawal of Dmitry Zhukenov only added to that problem. The youngsters acquitted themselves well over the weekend, but much of that was courtesy of invited players like Marc-Olivier Roy, Alexis D'Aoust and Kyle Maksimovich -- players that, for now, aren't even Canucks property. 

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Using pGPS: 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Ryan Biech
September 20 2016 09:00AM

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A few weeks ago, I completed an exercise using pGPS to look at the UFA prospects then Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis signed during his tenure at the time of their signings.

Seeing the have and have nots in terms of NHL potential proved an interesting endeavour. Unsurprisingly, Chris Tanev checked out as one of the better-rated prospects of the group when viewed through the lens of pGPS (Prospect Graduation Probabilities System) at the time of his signing.

In the comment section, and on Twitter, there were requests to do all of Mike Gillis's draft classes. Well, ask and you shall receive. Today's post will kick off a week-long series reviewing the 2008-13 draft classes with pGPS.

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Flame Out: Canucks Young Stars Fall to Flames 4-3 In OT

Jackson McDonald
September 19 2016 08:54PM

The Canucks closed out the 2016 Young Stars Classic in a spirited affair against their Western Canadian rivals, the Calgary Flames. Calgary had been the team to beat this weekend, featuring the most well-rounded roster of the tournament.

The Flames came on strong, and Vancouver struggled against their attack for most of the game. Luckily, a few timely goals from Michael Carcone, Jordan Subban, and Yan-Pavel LaPlante, as well as the inspired play of goaltenders Thatcher Demko and Michael Garteig was enough to push the game to extra time.

Karma caught up with them eventually, however, when Ashton Sautner blew a tire at Calgary's blue line. Ryan Lomberg was left all alone on the breakaway and he made no mistake, sealing the game 4-3 in overtime.

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Canucks Army Monday Mailbag: September 19th

J.D. Burke
September 19 2016 06:18PM


I just spent the weekend-plus in Penticton for the Young Stars Tournament and the World Cup of Hockey is in the round-robin stage of the tournament. All this is to say that we're so, so damn close to the regular season.

Which is great, because I'm really itching for some Canucks hockey, to be perfectly frank. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed the summer and the weather and all that fine stuff. Barbecuing is great. But I follow the Canucks closely and write about them daily. It'd be nice if I had new stuff to write about, you know?

Anyways, it's that time of the week. You know the drill.

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