The Canuck I Remember...Pavol Demitra

Patrick Johnston
September 09 2011 12:40AM


Credit -Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

The fifth in a special summer series, CanucksArmy.com author Patrick Johnston will write whatever comes to mind about a random Canucks hero. What is a hero? Patrick's criteria is super secret, but maybe, just maybe, if you pay close attention, you'll figure it out.

The news spread like wildfire...a plane had crashed...some of the members of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl may have been on board...all of the team was on board...wait a second, who plays for Yaroslavl...oh my goodness...

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Evening Headshots September 8th

Thomas Drance
September 08 2011 05:38PM

 
A make-shift Demitra memorial has sprouted up outside Rogers Center.
Photo courtesy @riazmeghji

Headshots are a Canucksarmy feature where we link to the days freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost and would like it to be featured in our Headshots posts please e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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The Summer of Sadness

Cam Davie
September 08 2011 04:46PM


Pavol Demitra and the rest of his Lokomotiv Yaroslavl teammates were lost to the hockey world
in a horrific plane crash. Yet another tragedy this summer.
(Photo Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, another unimaginable tragedy shocked the hockey world.

A plane carrying almost the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey club crashed after takeoff, killing nearly everyone on board. It was a devastating and horrific accident, taking from us dozens of talented, vibrant souls looking only to start another hockey season, playing the sport they loved.

Stanley Cup champions... Former NHL superstars... Young, budding talent... Coaches and managers... Fathers... Sons... Flight crew and support staff... Russians, Czechs, Slovaks, Canadians... all lost forever.

It is the latest in a seemingly continuous string of catastrophes to hit the hockey fraternity in this, the Summer of Sadness.

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Player types: The defensive forward

Cam Charron
September 08 2011 03:13PM

 

 

Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.

This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player talents and figure out exactly what certain teams need. There's definitely more to a hockey player than simply being "good" or "bad" and by how much, so today I will profile the defensive forward.

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Dubnyk, Reimer or Schneider? Part III

Thomas Drance
September 08 2011 02:16PM


Patience will be key for Cory Schneider. He's also the cream of the crop.
Image courtesy Brendan Hoare.

Earlier this summer, I asked independent goalie scout and hockey writer Justin Goldman (AKA The Goalie Guild) for his take on who was likely to have the best career among James Reimer, Devan Dubnyk and Cory Schneider. He told me he liked all of them, but that at gunpoint he’d go with Cory Schneider. As a Canucks fan I was happy to hear that, but I was unsatisfied by the 140 character limit answer – I needed to know why. So I e-mailed him, and asked if he’d be interested in discussing the matter further with me. What follows is the elaborate answer I was looking for. In part I of the series, we profiled James Reimer over at LeafsNation. In part II we looked at Devan Dubnyk over at OilersNation. Today, we conclude the series with Cory Schneider.

Of the three goaltenders we're discussing, I'd ask you to rank them in terms of who has the highest ceiling and why?

As of right now, I would definitely go with Cory Schneider first. Then it's pretty close between Dubnyk and Reimer, but I'd put Dubnyk second and Reimer third. For Schneider, his combination of size, positioning and experience is just a bit higher than what I see with Devan Dubnyk and James Reimer. In general, a goalie's combination of size, speed and overall experience plays a major role in how I value their long-term upside.

What does Cory Schneider do well, what does he need to work on?

Cory is one of the most well-rounded young goaltenders in the NHL. Everything about his size, speed, angles, positioning, reactions, his visual attachment to the puck...I could go on and on listing all the elements that he's good at. But what I really like about Schneider is that he’s also mentally tough. He has already proved that he knows how to come off the bench and win hockey games.

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