August 19 2012 01:49PM
Hey lookie here, it's a Sedin facing the opposition's top defenseman. Quel surprise!
The application of advanced analytics to hockey has allowed us to better contextualize offensive production. Generally speaking however, I think our understanding and ability to "rate" offensive play lags behind our ability to evaluate defensive play (for now).
August 18 2012 12:40PM
On December 20th, 2010, the Vancouver Province posted an article that caused a good deal of buzz across Vancouver. The article stated that the Canucks hoped to host a Heritage Classic in their own backyard, at BC Place home of the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions.
Since then much has changed. While the first heritage classic was hosted in Edmonton and featured two Canadian NHL clubs, the event has since morphed into an annual parade of big East Coast clubs (the Penguins again!?). Finally this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs were to be featured, alongside a Western Conference team (for the first time since 2009) in the Detroit Red Wings. At this juncture, however, it doesn't even look like the game will be played...
There's lots of lockout talk these days, and I figure we could all use a harmless distraction. So how about we take a glance into the patented Canucks Army crystal ball, and dream about the Canucks being featured in an outdoor match-up in the near future.
August 18 2012 10:45AM
The Canucks surprised many with the early season trade acquisition of David Booth from Florida. Although the Canucks had already been burned by acquiring a $4 million player from the Panthers just one year previous (Keith Ballard), the team had a hole to fill on the second line, and on paper Booth looked to be the right guy to fill it.
August 17 2012 11:53AM
EA Sports Canada is based in Burnaby, and is responsible for the development of the company's popular "NHL series" of sports video games. For the newest, lockout edition of the game, they've thoroughly overhauled the player rating system, though I'm sure it still needlessly includes ratings for "poise" to my perpetual chagrin.
Thanks to Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy, over the past couple of days we've received our first look at the way the new "player rating system" evaluates players in the game. In the image above you can see how Canucks skaters fare by the new rating system. 73 for Chris Tanev!!? Outrageous.
Read past the jump.
August 17 2012 09:27AM
To say that Canucks prospect Alex Friesen plays bigger than his size would be an understatement. The generously listed 5-10, 185 pound centre was one of the most physically intimidating forwards in the OHL over his five year career with the Niagara Ice Dogs.