May 22 2015 04:06PM
This week, Rhys and Garret ask if Mike Babcock is really worth his $6+ million annual salary, look at Canada's dominance on the world hockey stage, examine Tyler Johnson's unlikely ascension from marginal junior player to NHL playoff hero, and of course do some good ol' fashioned prospecting. Join us past the jump to listen!
May 22 2015 11:55AM
In this series, I've contemplated how the Canucks could achieve their "rebuild on the fly" goal of winning now while incrementally moving towards becoming a contender again.
In the first part of the series, I argued that the Canucks should look to move Chris Higgins, the rights to Shawn Matthias, and 2016 UFA's Radim Vrbata, Kevin Bieksa, and Dan Hamhuis in exchange for draft picks and cap space. In my second and third parts, I suggested forward and defense UFA targets that are worth a look in the efforts of keeping the team reasonably competitive while the rebuild happens through the draft and prospect development.
In terms of the upcoming 2015 draft, I profiled Nick Merkley, Evgeni Svechnikov, Daniel Sprong, Filip Chlapik, Jansen Harkins, Michael Spacek and Anthony Beauvillier as potential first round selections. Using the PCS% system I discussed here.
Now we'll get into players the Canucks should target in later rounds of the draft after the jump.
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May 22 2015 06:45AM
Oilers and Leafs land the coaches they want, the Canucks ongoing rebuild and Jordan Subban, Flames draft plans and cap situation, Zack Kassian, Ladi Smid, the NHL draft, free agency and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
May 21 2015 11:00AM
The Canucks did not hire Mike Babcock and did not win any playoff games in OT this week, but Nick Bonino did almost trip over a carpet.
May 21 2015 09:00AM
The Utica Comets wrapped up their second round series, after 8 and a bit games, in the Calder Cup playoffs against the Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton's AHL team). It was a very exciting match up as the lead was traded back and forth and both goaltenders stood on their head. The Comets managed to emerge victors by a single goal thanks to Alexandre Grenier!
Read past the jump to find out what went down.