April 07 2015 03:15PM
While Mike Mike Gillis is often criticized for experimenting with drafting thanks to his idea of spending late round picks on over-agers (an idea that works in baseball), but he does not get enough credit for the things he did well. This is largely a result that draft picks take a while to truly show if they are good value or not.
One strategy that Gillis liked was to draft college bound kids in the mid to late rounds, as it would give them more time to develop.
This idea seemed to work by finding Ben Hutton out of Maine, but it also might have worked on another two players, though time will still tell. Those two players are Joseph LaBate and Patrick McNally – two players the Canucks need to sign this summer if they hope to retain their rights.
But are these two players worth keeping in the organization? Let’s take a look after the jump.
April 07 2015 09:00AM
In a game billed as the game of the year, coming as close to a playoff matchup as you can get, the Canucks didn't disappoint, prevailing by a 2-1 score. Our NHL 94 recap is after the jump.
April 06 2015 11:44PM
Dance Off. pic.twitter.com/nQdekep3rk— NHL (@NHL) April 7, 2015
Hosting a team that's fighting tooth and nail for a playoff spot in the L.A. Kings, you just knew the Vancouver Canucks were going to have to bring their A-game. Should be the case most nights, but the Canucks have struggled to find their footing of late and had dropped two straight contests going into tonight's game.
That wasn't the case tonight! The Canucks got off to their patented slow start, but recovered nicely to push back and force the game to overtime with a nifty goal from the Sedin twins in the third. Overtime solved nothing and it took a Chris Higgins goal in the shootout to secure the victory in front of the Rogers Arena faithful. Eddie Lack had 36-saves on the night, helping to secure the Canucks 2-1 shootout victory over the Kings.
April 06 2015 10:35PM
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Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin and his brother Daniel Sedin were flying in Monday night's crucial tilt against the Los Angeles Kings.
Dominant throughout the contest, the twins combined on a milestone third period tally that tied the game. The goal was Daniel's - a hard, accurate slapshot that resulted from several give-and-go passes between him and his brother - and the assist was the 700th of Henrik's career.
April 06 2015 05:24PM
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Obviously you don't need numbers or a graphing calculator to know that Vancouver Canucks centre Bo Horvat, who just celebrated his 20th birthday this weekend, has improved enormously over the course of his rookie season. All you need is two eyes, a commitment to following the Canucks closely, and a basic understanding of hockey.
Quantifying things can be fun though, and graphs can be fun too, especially when they're telling us good news and confirming what we already know.