March 02 2013 03:30PM
If you hadn’t watched a single Canucks game in 2013 and only looked at the numbers, Jordan Schroeder’s rookie season wouldn’t jump out at you. The diminutive center has two goals and five points in 17 games (roughly a 25 point pace over a full 82 game season). He has seen some time on the power play (and he will likely return to the top unit now that Ryan Kesler is out with a broken foot), but his numbers aren’t really all that impressive.
So why are some people (myself included) so bullish on Schroeder and his NHL upside?
March 02 2013 02:16PM
What a week from hell for the Canucks, as nearly everything that could have gone wrong in the past 7 days went, well, wrong. They took a shellacking from the Red Wings, and they then followed that up by putting forth what I'd generously call a less than stellar effort on home ice against the Phoenix Coyotes.
But of course all of that was nothing compared to the despair felt when it was announced that Ryan Kesler would be on the shelf for 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his foot. It's like the Canucks and their fans just got a sweet new toy to play with, were finally getting used to how it worked, only to have it taken away again. Oh, and if that wasn't enough, they in essence replaced Aaron Volpatti with Tom Sestito; a move which Don Cherry surely supports.
Needless to say, the Canucks (and their fans) could use a strong effort and two points in this nationally televised game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Read on Past the Jump for more on the Game.
March 02 2013 12:29PM
Note for Canucks trainers: stop putting Malk in Ryan Kesler's water bottle.
This is a regular Friday feature - that's running on Saturday for one week only! - combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
March 01 2013 12:19PM
Sestito to Canucks, ebbett back to wolves, burrows and/or Raymond to centre— Jason Botchford (@botchford) March 1, 2013
Okay so this is weird. According to Jason Botchford, the Canucks have decided to return centreman Andrew Ebbett to Chicago in favour of adding a heavy-weight in Tom Sestito and playing a winger out of position at centre. This is a confusing move, though Ebbett has been over-matched and unimpressive in his time with the Canucks so far this season, so I think I get what angle the Canucks are playing at (somewhat).
But the question remains which player is the better option at centre - Raymond or Burrows? We'll get into it after the jump.
March 01 2013 11:56AM
I'm excited to show you guys this new pilot project! We don't have a name yet, but we're going to be talking about sports over beer at Tallboys' in downtown Toronto at 838 Bloor Street.
For the first week, I sit down for a pop with Jeff Veillette aka Jeffler of Leafs Nation, and Thomas Drance of Canucks Army, along with myself (Steve Dangle) to talk about Leafs goaltending, Canucks goaltending, tampering, and more.