5 Marquee Matchups for 2012-13

Cam Davie
June 21 2012 12:34PM

These dudes are intense.
And this marquee matchup promises to be no different this year.
(Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Image)

Today, the NHL and the Vancouver Canucks released the intended schedule for the 2012-13 season.

When the new schedule comes out every year, we (and every other Canucks hockey blog on the planet) like to highlight the most interesting and compelling Canucks games on the docket for the upcoming season - even if that season may not happen...

Read past the jump to find out which games we're looking forward to!

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Canucks Schedule Unveiled, may be Truncated at a Later Date

Thomas Drance
June 21 2012 10:33AM

Most summers, "NHL schedule unveiling day" is a day filled with hope and whimsy (see the full schedule from NHL.com here). Most summers, I'd have rushed to NHL.com to open the schedule on my browser, I'd have pressed "ctrl-f" on my keyboard and then I'd type in the word: "Chicago." Then I'd dream about the Canucks taking a string of stupid penalties on November 15th, as they take an endless torrent of righteous retributive cheap shots at Duncan Keith. 

This summer it's a bit different (though I still did exactly what I described above). With CBA uncertainty looming, it's possible, even likely, that a sizable portion of this particular schedule will be lost to a labour stoppage. Looking at the 2012-13 regular season schedule at this point in June, is like trusting the weatherman - at best you're getting a quick glimpse at would could possibly (hopefully!), but probably won't happen. 

Let's break down some key games and other interesting issues anyway after the jump!

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NHL Draft: Five First Round Targets

Jeff Angus
June 21 2012 08:30AM

Assuming Vancouver doesn’t move up from or trade away the 26th overall selection in this Friday’s first round, who should they target? Here are five realistic (no Nail Yakupov unfortunately) targets who would all fill a long term need.

Read on past the jump.

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Mikhail Grigorenko: Why Is He Falling?

Andrey Osadchenko
June 20 2012 09:27PM

Once Nail Yakupov’s arch-rival for being considered the 2012 top prospect, Mikhail Grigorenko now finds himself dropping out of top-10 in almost every mock draft he’s unfortunate enough to take a look at. While some complain about his work ethic, others bring up the rumor about his alleged age-forging issue.

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Report: Nicklas Jensen likely to play in the SEL next season

Thomas Drance
June 20 2012 12:37PM

It has been reported today by News 1130 sports that Nicklas Jensen will look to play in the Swedish Elite League (Eliteserien) next season should he fail to make the Vancouver Canucks roster out of training camp.

The 19 year old Danish winger, who led all Canucks prospects in NHLE goals with the Oshawa Generals last season, has apparently already informed his OHL club of his intentions, and is talking to three or four Swedish clubs about joining them next season.

Jensen's agent Anton Thun, who is being quoted by News1130 and the Province's Jim Jamieson has indirectly cited "level of competition" and his client's need to play professional hockey next season as major reasons for his client potentially shirking the Ontario Hockey League next season.

Read past the jump for more.

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