Player Profiles - Keith Ballard

Yankee Canuck
September 16 2010 06:47AM

SUNRISE, FL - JANUARY 26: Keith Ballard #2 of the Florida Panthers runs Brian Gionta #21 of the Montreal Canadiens into the boards at the BankAtlantic Center on January 26, 2010 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

We continue our series where Canucks Army will profile various players of interest leading up to the new season.

Before the free agency party that saw Dan Hamhuis land in their laps, Mike Gillis got the party started at June's Entry Draft by acquiring Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich for Michael Grabner, Steve "Death to Scoring Chances" Bernier and a 2010 1st rounder (Quinton Howden). Some fans bemoaned letting Grabner go, but in exchange Vancouver received a player they didn't have in the playoffs: a healthy, all-around defender who has of the few righthanded shots on the team. Now - like Ed Jovanovski and Roberto Luongo before him - the hope is he can come to a hockey mad city and develop into a dependable piece on a winning team.

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Player Profiles - Alex Burrows

Cam Davie
September 15 2010 08:32AM

MONTREAL- FEBRUARY 2: Alex Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks skates during the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on February 2, 2010 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Canucks 3-2. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

There is no doubt that every, any player, that spends time on the top line in Vancouver with the Sedins will benefit. However, no player has done more with their time with that opportunity than Alex Burrows. The Quebec native set career highs in goals, assists, points and many other categories. He scored himself a new $2m/yr contract last year as well. Not bad for a guy who went undrafted and was playing in the ECHL 5 years ago.

But Alex Burrows starts the year injured, recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. So upon his return, what does Burrows do for an encore to his career year? Does he match it? Better it? And does it depend entirely on the Sedins?

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Ex-Canuck Peter Schaefer invited to Camp

Kent Wilson
September 13 2010 03:36PM

BOSTON - APRIL 15:  Peter Schaefer #72 of the Boston Bruins takes a shot against the Montreal Canadiens during game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Bruins 1-0.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

According to Ben Kuzma, Peter Schaefer has been invited to take part in the Canucks training camp. The former Canuck/Senator/Bruin was bought out by Boston a year ago after spending a season in the AHL with Boston's affiliate club, the Providence Bruins. He managed just 7 goals and 26 points in 47 games played that year.

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Young Stars Go Today

Cam Davie
September 12 2010 11:26AM

The Canucks have players entering their system at a VERY early age.

A showcase of some of the league's emerging talent starts today in Penticton, as the Canucks young stars face their counterparts from the Oilers, Flames, Sharks and Ducks. The tournament kicks off today as the Canucks and Oilers face off at 4 PM PT.

What should we expect and who should we watch?

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Cody's Back: The Saga Continues

Cam Davie
September 10 2010 11:42AM

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Cody Hodgson #39 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a shoot out goal past goaltender J.P. Levasseur #30 of the Anaheim Ducks during the preseason NHL game at Honda Center on September 28, 2008 in Anaheim, California. The Canucks defeated the Ducks 5-4 in an overtime shootout.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 

Less than a day after sounding upbeat and chipper about his immediate future with his club, Vancouver Canucks' top prospect Cody Hodgson was sent back down the rungs of the ladder. His injured back, which he said Thursday felt 100%, requires further medical testing and he will miss the Canucks' Prospect camp this weekend.

So what's next for Hodgson? And what's next for the Canucks?

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