September 01 2012 03:02PM
If there was ever a definitive Vancouver Canucks season between Stanley Cup Finals appearances in 1994 and 2011, there's a fair case for the 2002 campaign.
After a couple of years of knocking on the door, the 2002 team proved that the Canucks, led by the West Coast Express trio of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison, could be an elite franchise competing with the Detroits and Colorados of the Western Conference.
Vancouver made the playoffs as an 8-seed that season, winning two games at Joe Louis Arena before dropping their next four to the Red Wings. Even making the playoffs at that point, though, was a bit of a stretch. The Canucks started off the year terribly.
September 01 2012 12:34PM
Kevin Bieksa has provided his fair share of highlights over the years. From his days of a feared middleweight fighter, to his goal that sent the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final back in 2011, to his foray into glove tossing this past season, the man known as “Juice” is an integral part of the Canucks, both on and off of the ice. He and Dan Hamhuis form one of the best two-way defensive pairings in the entire league.
In 2011-12, Bieksa set a career high with 44 points in 78 games. The Grimsby, Ontario native now has three NHL seasons of 40 or more points. Even with a career year offensively, his play in 2011-12 could be best described as inconsistent, as his defensive game was a bit of an adventure at times.
August 31 2012 12:24PM
The So You're An Expert podcast makes its debut on the Nation Network. Although, this likely won't be your first time tuning in, given the numerous appearances Canucks Army's own, Thomas Drance, has made on the program.
This time around, I'm joined by Jeff Angus. It sounds crazy saying this, but this episode served as Angus' first time on the show. If I were a betting man, I'd put some serious money down on it not being the last.
We discussed the Sedins and their performance in 2011-12, Max Lapierre as a third-line center, Alex Edler's worth to the Canucks, and how we expect the Roberto Luongo saga to play out. We also dove into the prospect profiles that have been running on Canucks Army this summer.
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August 31 2012 09:05AM
Although Zack Kassian has appeared in only 21 games as a Canuck, he is one of the most important players on the roster as we look to the future. He is the top prospect on the club (according to the Canucks Army writers). He is one of the best prospects in hockey according to a number of scouts, and he brings many attributes to the ice that the Canucks have lacked in recent years - physicality, size, and intimidation.
Kassian has put in serious work this summer to get in terrific shape. He put in work with top trainers at the Nike Headquarters in Oregon back in July along with a few other prospects, including Kevin Connauton and Jordan Schroeder. Kassian trained and spent some time with the Sedin twins and Manny Malhotra in April and May of 2012, as well.
August 30 2012 02:32PM
On the surface, it may seem like the Canucks (a contending team with a window to win that appears to be closing) wouldn't be a team that benefits from missing any hockey in 2012-13. However, that isn't the case. Read on to find out why.