March 06 2015 11:00AM
A few weeks back, Jason Botchford mentioned that the Canucks have their eye on Brandon Carlo, a 6'5 defensemen currently playing for the WHL's Tri-City Americans. This innocuous line buried at the bottom of the Provies resulted in a somewhat predictable response from many of us at Canucks Army given our general aversion to picking defensemen who are unable to demonstrate offensive proficiency at the Junior level, especially given that the Canucks would more than likely need to use their first round pick to get him.
On my noble but deluded quest to try to save management from themselves, I thought I'd dig a bit deeper into some of the highly rated defensemen who will likely be on the board when the Canucks select first in June, employing the same methodology I used a couple weeks back when looking at a few CHL draft eligible forwards. As always, I have to thank Josh Weissbock for his immensely useful site, CHLstats.com, as well his assistance in helping me gather data from EliteProspects.
Without further ado, here are the players I looked at:
March 06 2015 09:00AM
Since the beginning of the season, it's often been mentioned that this Canucks team had three third lines. The Sedins are still first liners, but Nick Bonino didn't seem like a typical second line centreman, while a promising rookie like Bo Horvat should possess more talent than your average 4th liner.
But has this forecast turned out to be true? Have the Canucks depth forwards all performed like third liners? Continue past the jump as we evaluate the even-strength performance of all Canucks forwards thus far.
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March 06 2015 06:15AM
All your post trade deadline news, Maple Leafs drama, Giordano's Norris chances squashed, the Oilers GM, new players on new teams and more in this week's Roundup.
March 06 2015 01:36AM
I feel bad for Eddie Lack.....dude gets no goal support and hung out to dry more nights than he deserves... pic.twitter.com/7sicxzKNXY— Cory (@nine30shineshop) March 6, 2015
The Arizona Coyotes have gone full-Rommel, trading any asset with some semblance of value to ensure an uglier now that helps secure a brighter tomorrow. These Panzers are facing off with Buffalo's Shermans in the ultimate battle for first pick between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. They have the worst starting goaltender in the league. Their first line center in Kyle Chipchura - he of the waiver wire trip as recently as December.
So it is strangely fitting that the Canucks were shut out for the first two and a half periods of this hockey game. To Vancouver's credit, they mounted a last second push to knot things up at two by regulations end, before dropping tonight's contest in the shootout, 3-2.
There's not a whole lot to talk about, but what little there is will all be covered, on the other side of the jump.
March 05 2015 10:10PM
Eddie Lack did his best, but couldn't overcome a lacklustre Canucks effort in the desert as the throwback Arizona Coyotes outlasted the visiting Canucks for a 3-2 win in a shootout.
Click past the jump for our world-famous NHL 94 graphic recap!