Prospect Profile: #4 Nicklas Jensen

Jeff Angus
August 27 2013 11:53AM


Image via Matthew Henderson

Nicklas Jensen sure did rack up the frequent flyer miles in 2012-13. Jensen left his OHL club in Oshawa to join AIK of the Swedish Elite League, a move that was “supported” by the Canucks. He then went on to play in both the AHL and NHL after his SEL season concluded.

While competing in Sweden, Jensen produced at a very impressive rate for his age. The power winger has a bevy of impressive attributes, and he got a small taste of NHL action last year. But how far off is he from sticking around for good?

Read on past the jump for more.

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Podcast: "Chris Tanev is Back, And the Podcast is Back!"

Dimitri Filipovic
August 26 2013 02:44PM


Chris Tanev is pretty thrilled about how much time we spent discussing him; Image via Canucks [dot] nhl [dot] com

This podcast was recorded on Thursday (August 22nd) afternoon, but due to some technical issues, we weren't able to get it up until now. You could say that it's #MarekLate, and you wouldn't be wrong. But still, only one of the things we discussed is actually dated; like when I asked Cam whether the return of Chris Tanev meant that Andrew Alberts' time as a Canuck was up, and he replied with "Oh, I hope so." Alberts wound up signing on for $600k for next season just hours after we recorded. So hopefully you'll still find some value in giving it a listen.

In this edition of the show we covered the Tanev contract (and the next one to come), the Canucks "missing out" on Douglas Murray, and the benefits of fancy stats. We finished things up by answering some of the questions we received from readers about Bo Horvat, Jordan Schroeder, and Jason Garrison.

Click past the jump to stream the podcast!

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Prospect Profile: #5 Hunter Shinkaruk

Dimitri Filipovic
August 26 2013 10:47AM


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Back in June, I took in the 2013 NHL entry draft from the confines of Cam Charron's dimly lit basement (*). I was covering the event for Canucks Army, while he was covering it for our sister site, The Leafs Nation, so we were both refreshing our Twitter timelines feverishly while waiting for something worthwhile to happen. We didn't have to wait all that long, as it only took a few picks for news to break that the Vancouver Canucks had traded Roberto Luongo Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for the 9th overall pick.

(*) It was actually a nice little apartment, and Cam isn't doing all that bad for himself, but people seem to enjoy the whole 'blogger lives in his mother's basement' thing. Having had my heart broken by finding out that Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy didn't actually exist once upon a time, I don't want to shatter anyone else's dreams.

It definitely caught both of us by surprise, but we reached the same conclusion - the Canucks are doing this to draft Hunter Shinkaruk (I would've personally taken Valeri Nichushkin there, but figured the team wasn't going down that path). I saw Shinkaruk play three times this past year in person, and had read a lot about him, so I was pumped up about the idea that the Canucks were making a splash to insert such a highly gifted offensive prospect into their system.

And then the Canucks used the pick to select Bo Horvat, which left me more than perplexed. Why would they do that when a better prospect (in my mind) was available? But then, somehow, seemingly against all odds, Shinkaruk fell to the team's original pick at 24, where they snatched him up. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than to be good, right?

Read on past the jump for more on Vancouver's other first round pick from this summer's entry draft.

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Roberto Luongo breaks silence, speaks with TSN's James Duthie

Cam Charron
August 23 2013 04:47PM

As we covered earlier today, James Duthie of TSN got the first interview with Roberto Luongo as he gets himself out into the press before the start of the Canadian Olympic Camp in Calgary this week. The interview took place at Luongo's home in Florida and covered a variety of topics in two parts.

A third part airs tomorrow. The first two parts are on TSN's video player, but we've taken the liberty of transcribing the interview below. *UPDATE* this post now includes the third part.

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Prospect Profile: #6 Eddie Lack

Dimitri Filipovic
August 23 2013 11:55AM


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For my debut post on this platform - which came just under a year ago, on August 30th, 2012 to be exact - I was charged with writing a profile on the 2nd ranked prospect in the team's system, even though I hadn't even participated in the rankings process. I had disagreed with how the ranking team had evaluated the system, and in particular the player in question, making the assignment a rather unenviable one for yours truly.

Here's the result of said profile. The handful of Canucks Army writers that had been responsible for setting the rankings had Swedish goaltender Eddie Lack as the team's best prospect behind Zack Kassian heading into this past season, which I thought was a little bit overzealous. I had him somewhere in the 5-to-7 range; but that had more to do with the position he plays - and my philosophy when it comes to valuing goaltenders - and less to do with Lack himself, who is a fine talent. 

Suffice it to say that I feel far more comfortable with where we have him in this year's edition of the series. Read on past the jump for more on "The Stork".

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