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September 26 2014 08:05AM


Exhibition season is underway, Royal Half joins the Nation, stats predicting NHL success, Bennett and Draisaitl shine, Vladdy hockey, Phil the thrill and more in this week's Roundup.

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Canucks Army (Preseason) GDT #2: Canucks @ Flames

Dimitri Filipovic
September 25 2014 01:03PM

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The Canucks are set to play the Flames tonight in the second game on their preseason slate, less than two weeks before they come back to Calgary open the regular season. With meaningful games fast approaching the training camp roster is being progressively trimmed down, as 12 names have been dropped since their last game.

After the trio of Subban, Cassels and Cederholm were sent back to their respective CHL teams, news broke today that Dane Fox, Alex Grenier, Mike Zalewski, Alex Mallet, Kellan Lain and Jeremie Blain were sent down to Utica. Curtis Valk has also been sent to the Utica Comets camp, where he'll try to earn himself a contract.

That leaves the coaching staff with 46 names left, meaning that there's still some work to be done before the opening day roster has been reached.

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September 25 2014 12:11PM


Hold on to your lederhosen - the Nation Network family is growing again.

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Playing in Europe may be the best option for Bo Horvat this season

Josh W
September 25 2014 10:23AM

Hockey is in the air with training camps, prospect camps and exhibition games all well underway by now. With coaches starting to make cuts as rosters begin to resemble those we're used to seeing when the games matter, fans naturally start looking to their favourite prospects and ask, “is this the year he finally joins the big club?” In the case of the Canucks, the main subject of chatter in this regard is Bo Horvat.

Horvat seems to be in a somewhat precarious situation. Because of his age and the agreement between the NHL and CHL he is limited to two options for this coming season: either play in the NHL (which he may simply not be ready to do, at least not in an effective manner) or go back to the OHL (a level which most believe he has already gleaned everything he can from).

Realistically, neither option may be the right fit for him at this point. But what if there were a 3rd option? What if Horvat could do what Nicklas Jensen did, and leave his OHL team to go play overseas in Europe?

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September 24 2014 04:33PM

Please watch this video. If you want to know more read the article. If you want to start pre-emptively celebrating and never want to read another word we totally get it.

What an age to be alive!

*whistles loudly*

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