September 19 2013 03:32PM
It's looking like this Saturday could be the first time we see David Booth in game action since March 16th.
Disclaimer: I've someway, somehow, managed to avoid getting involved in any capacity with all of this Bro Jake business on Team1040. Local sports talk radio really isn't my cup of tea anyways, so refraining from listening to a single second of that particular program hasn't been all that difficult. Heading into today all I knew about the radio station's newest personality is that nearly every single person on my timeline couldn't stand him, and that he sports a goofy moustache (from his awkward commercial with Travis Lulay).
That all changed on early Thursday morning, when I was forced to tune in to listen to what Mike Gillis had to say during his appearance on the program. At least he rewarded me with a few interesting tidbits. Read on past the jump for a transcript of the discussion.
September 19 2013 09:49AM
Where do the four guys above come in on Pronman's Top 10 list? (Image via Jas Kang )
With no hockey for what seemed like ages we were relegated to using this platform to discuss the team's pool of prospects for a hefty chunk of the summer. And thank god for the series that spanned the entirety of August, because it did an admirable job of taking our minds off of the fact that the noteworthy Vancouver Canucks news was few and far between.
We've already been back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth (and back and forth one more time, just for good measure) about our Top 20. As with any subjective list, people took issue with certain rankings (most notably Brendan Gaunce, of course). It created healthy discussion, though, serving its purpose.
Well the summer is pretty much over, and with the preseason underway, meaningful hockey is well within reach. But that doesn't necessarily mean we can just forget the topic of prospects, since it's looking like a few of them could play meaningful roles on the team in the coming months.
Corey Pronman (of ESPN Insider and Hockey Prospectus) released his Top 10 list for the team, which surely paints a much clearer picture of the prospect landscape considering he's as dialed in as it gets on the matter. Read on past the jump to see how his list (and the one Hockey's Future put together) compares to ours.
September 19 2013 09:44AM
The most optimistic part of my evening was when I thought the blackout was going to get me out of writing recap duty, but I suppose we can get most of that out of the way after the first period.
The Vancouver Canucks are losing 3-0 to the *sees alert from The Score's App* down 4-0 to the Edmonton Oilers with Roberto Luongo in goal. Luongo has apparently looked bleak, letting in three softies, but the Canucks themselves have not been taking shots on net.
September 18 2013 03:52PM
Who would you rather have in the dot late? Henrik Sedin or Michal Handzus?
I'd always thought that Henrik and Daniel Sedin would make fairly decent penalty killers. There's not a lot of evidence to suggest that they would, because the two haven't exactly spent a lot of time killing penalties, well, ever.
Only one campaign in existence the twins were counted on to do more than kill the occasional spot. That was in 2005-2006, the ill-fated season where the Canucks' came into the year with high expectations with new general manager able to keep together the core from the team's previous three playoff runs. That team absolutely fell flat, but the Sedins broke out into franchise players, the players that Nonis was comfortable using as primary offensive threats in lieu of Todd Bertuzzi, who was shuttled out of town for some guy named Bob.
September 18 2013 11:11AM
In the preseason opener, Hunter Shinkaruk impressed. Can he keep it going? (Image via Darryl Dyck )
The second of six preseason games for the Canucks goes tonight, as the Edmonton Oilers come to town. There were some positives to take away from the Monday night opener, including the other 1st rounder, Hunter Shinkaruk, who lit the lamp in impressive fashion.
I was in the building on that night, and as you may have expected, the crowd was scattered and relatively disinterested. It was probably a combination of being the first preseason game, manly notable Canucks not being in the lineup, and the game quickly becoming lopsided in San Jose's favour.
I'd expect both the crowd, and the level of play to be improved tonight. Read on past the jump for the expected lineup, and some more notes in advance of the game.