August 29 2013 11:52AM
There's been a lot of talk about the future around these parts lately. With today being an off day for the prospect series and the top TWO prospects coming at you tomorrow, I figured the hole in the schedule today would be an appropriate time to look backwards.
I recently queried all of Hockey Reference's player season data going back to 1942, creating the most cumbersome Excel file in existence. While I have longer term plans for what to do with that data, for today I kept it simple - I tried to identify the top Canuck seasons in history when adjusted for league scoring context.
August 29 2013 11:45AM
What was a common sight last season, is no more (Image via Jeff Vinnick)
The month of September is almost upon us. That means training camp, strained groins, players in the “best shape of their lives,” and of course, hockey pool drafts! Who doesn't love a good fantasy?
It will be interesting to see how the Vigneault-for-Tortorella swap impacts the offensive production of the players on this team. Do the Sedins continue to see a close-to 70% offensive zone start rate? Do any of the depth forwards step up into the top-six? Which defensemen will play on the two power play units?
The answers to these burning questions (as well as a few more) are available after the jump.
August 28 2013 06:29PM
Ok, I'm not sure why calling Roberto Luongo a "diva" is such a big deal.
I mean, really, doesn't every team want their starting goalie to be a highly distinguished performer that plays a leading role for them? Yes, but the Canucks are the only ones that can ice a goalie of Italian heritage, thereby making the "diva" label highly appropriate.
Well, I guess, technically, Tony Gallagher should have called him a "divo", but whatever. I'll take it.
August 28 2013 09:35AM
Image via Matthew Henderson
Bo Horvat was a surprise selection for the Canucks with the ninth overall pick at the 2013 NHL draft. He wasn't much of a reach at that point in the first round, but the circumstances surrounding his selection - what with Horvat being the return in the rather shocking Cory Schneider trade - will be remembered in by Canucks fans for a long time.
So needless to say Horvat enters the Canucks system with high expectations. He makes his debut on our Canucks prospect rankings at third overall, which many of you may think is one or two spots too low.
Read past the jump for more on the team's highest draft pick since Daniel Sedin back in '99.
August 27 2013 11:53AM
Image via Matthew Henderson
Nicklas Jensen sure did rack up the frequent flyer miles in 2012-13. Jensen left his OHL club in Oshawa to join AIK of the Swedish Elite League, a move that was “supported” by the Canucks. He then went on to play in both the AHL and NHL after his SEL season concluded.
While competing in Sweden, Jensen produced at a very impressive rate for his age. The power winger has a bevy of impressive attributes, and he got a small taste of NHL action last year. But how far off is he from sticking around for good?
Read on past the jump for more.