March 21 2014 01:28PM
With the Canucks having a couple days off between games (they don't play again until Sunday afternoon v. Buffalo, and I'm not totally convinced that should actually even count), I figured I'd use this as an opportunity to dust off and bring back the ol' Afternoon Headshots.
I've gone ahead and compiled a list of some of the more interesting nuggets of goodness I've come across on the interwebs recently, in the hopes that it'll spark some conversation and maybe even shed some light on a thing or two that you haven't come across yourself already.
March 21 2014 11:44AM
Now most of my hockey fantasies include Jordan Eberle, a bottle of sherry, a roaring fire and a DVD of All Dogs Go To Heaven. So when I heard about a video called the Fantasy Minute I was understandably excited.
Today we are introducing the Fantasy Minute but be forewarned - it's about fantasy hockey not necessarily fantasies about hockey. Oh and the mega babe host. No big deal.
March 20 2014 12:46PM
Image courtesy of @NHL
With the recent infusion of Jensen into the Vancouver
Comets Canucks fans of the team have had something to be excited for as we head towards (hopefully) the draft lottery. Ideally with some good, tactful positioning in this year's draft and some smart choices by the GM (whomever that may be) there's a very real possibility that we'll have a nice collection of young players to monitor closely next year.
But before we get there, we still have plenty to discuss with the current crop of prospects in the system. Continue past the jump to read the latest in Comets Militia updates, the OHL, and the NCAA (along with some other notes coming from the WHL, ECHL, and Europe).
As always, feel free to follow me on Twitter @nuckprospects for the latest in prospect news. You're more than welcome to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish for me to cover in the future.
March 20 2014 12:25AM
According to John Tortorella, Nicklas Jensen "has got some balls". What he also has, is 3 goals in 7 games since being called up, and a point in 4 straight. And unbridled youthful enthusiasm, which he isn't remotely hesitant to put on display whenever he has a chance. It's because of all of those things that his emergence has been such a refreshing and appealing, proving to be so starkly different in nearly every way from the rest of this wretched Canucks season.
While he has all of those things I've mentioned, what he doesn't seem to own is an electronic device on which he'd be able to receive memos. Like the one about the team's newly adjusted goals for the final weeks of the season.
The cynic inside of me is thinking "man, this team can't even tank properly!". And while that's certainly a reality - this 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators gets the Canucks nothing in the long run, only setting them back in the quest for a higher and more valuable draft pick - there's also the part of me that's relieved that there's finally something to be excited about. It has been a long, dull campaign.
March 19 2014 01:05PM
It's not set in stone yet because they're technically still mathematically "in the hunt" (as I'm sure Sportsnet will waste no time in reminding you of!), but for all intents and purposes, Monday's loss in Tampa Bay put an end to even the most outside of shots the Canucks had at the playoffs.
We figure you'll need to hit the 95-point mark to have a chance at getting in, and even if the Canucks win their final 11 games, they'll top out at 94. Which is fine, because this is something we've been expecting and bracing for, for a while now. At least around these parts.
With that in mind, every loss the team takes over these final couple of weeks improves their draft position, helping them moving forward. It's more than a little disconcerting how quickly the priorities have changed, but it's the reality.
With that in mind, tune in tonight to not-so-secretly cheer against your favourite team. If that makes you feel like a bad person, you've got an out: it's the annual Canucks for Kids Fun Telethon night, so maybe helping out a good cause will help mitigate some of that aforementioned guilt.