August 19 2011 01:26PM
Alex Friesen is the one in the middle. Yeah... the short one.
(Photo from canucks.com)
The Vancouver Canucks have really enjoyed drafting smallish centers recently. Cody Hodgson, Jordan Schroeder and Alex Friesen are all in the Canucks system, all possess great skill, and all are under six feet tall and 200 pounds. The problem for all three of them, is that the Canucks have an incredible stable of centers ahead of them. Forgive the pun, but Alex Friesen has drawn the short straw in the Canucks depth chart, coming up seventh.
Does Alex Friesen have the tools to move his way up the Canucks ladder at center? Or is he going come up short? (**Ed.note - I could make short jokes all day long)
August 19 2011 08:25AM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. We close out the Week That Was with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers.
We start this week with a humble cheers to the local boys who won the Cup and brought it home this past weekend.
August 18 2011 02:30PM
When it comes to goaltenders, the Canucks are stacked. The organization boasts Roberto Luongo - signed through the rest of this century, Cory Schneider - a bluechip young NHLer, and Eddie Lack - perhaps the best goalie in the AHL. So when Mike Gillis used his second draft pick at the 2010-11 NHL Draft to select 6,3 Czech netminder David Honzik, some fans were confused.
Last season, David Honzik was a QMJHL rookie with the Victoriaville Tigers. He struggled mightily with the transition and put up subar regular season stats. By seasons end, however, he'd won the starting job from veteran goaltender Antonio Masopietro and posted spectacular numbers in the QMJHL playoffs.
August 18 2011 02:12PM
"Dude, have you tried that blue meth that Heisenberg cooked up?! IT'S SO AWESOME!"
"Um, Roberto. You need to calm the hell down immediately, before you allow 8 goals against Boston."
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick, NHLI Via Getty Images Files)
Canucks Army continues a series where we look at the depth at each position for the Vancouver Canucks.
In our fourth installment of our series, we look at the Canucks depth at GOALTENDING.
The city of Vancouver and the Canucks hockey club has been a goalie graveyard for most of the 40 years that the Canucks have been in the NHL. However, since they acquired Roberto Luongo in a summer blockuster trade in 2006, the Canucks have had a legitimate #1 goaltender and have since grown and developed their depth players. Now the Canucks have a very enviable tandem in net and improving depth in the minors.
August 18 2011 12:38PM
The NHL announced the games that'll be shown on Versus/NBC this year and the list is pretty bizarre. There are some teams with a ton of appearances that make sense. The four way tie for second place between Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Washington sees them with 14 potential appearances each. They're all major ratings draws due to being in large American hockey markets, having recent success and/or having Crosby and Ovechkin.
In first place is the New York Rangers with 16 potential appearances which makes little to no sense. The Rangers will be mediocre again like they are every year and despite NYC being the largest US media market most people outside of New York hate NYC and the Rangers.