Canucks Young Stars Games Two and Three: Finding New Talent

Kevin McCartney
September 18 2014 06:28PM

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Frank Corrado (26) leans to take away centring pass option on Flames' entry. One of the better defensive transition sets seen by Canucks in this game.

The Nations Network sent this Jets Nation writer to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I'm judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box.

Apologies to Canucks Army readers for the late reports. I've decided to combine these reports as I'm sure you've had a chance to see the games (or at least box scores). 

The Canucks used this tournament very differently than the other three teams, and differently than they have in the past. Various AHL-experienced players still eligible for this tournament were left off the roster, and injury and illness carved the numbers down further. Ten invites seemed at first to just be filler, but my best guess is that Benning considered this past weekend an opportunity to add talent in yet another unorthodox way. We know Benning discussed the impressive play of invitee Curtis Valk. He was moved into the 2C role for games two and three and continued to impress. I believe Kyle Humphries - who turned down a Canucks PTO last year - and Austin Lotz may have earned some consideration as well. That's possibly three new additions to the organization, in which case Benning may have been the winner this weekend even though his club struggled.

Inside are my notes about the Canucks' developing system and team play as context for the player reports below. 

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Media availability signals the start of training camp

Dimitri Filipovic
September 18 2014 03:40PM

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As is an annual tradition, the Vancouver Canucks made most of their players - to go along with the head coach and GM - available to the media this morning, signalling the official start of the new season's training camp.

Whether it was coming from one of the veteran players or one of the many newcomers being thrust into the spotlight, there were a couple of talking points that seemed pervasive throughout. They were of a singularly positive nature, though as Chris Higgins astutely reminded us, "everything looks good in the summer." He would know what does and doesn't look good.

Video and a few choice quotes past the jump.

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September 17 2014 01:28PM

Last week we designed a survey to get a better understanding of what works on the Nation Network and what doesn't. The answers that came back were all across the spectrum - some provided great insight, others provided a good laugh, others made us want to rethink our chosen profession. 

We sat down at Nation HQ this morning with a fresh glass of thinking Rye and read everyone's responses - over 1100 in total! - from bow to stern. A big thank you goes out to everyone who took the time to answer this thing. Surveys are SO annoying - we appreciate you taking time out of your life to provide us with key information to drive our redevelopment. 

Our summary findings can be found after the jump.

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Offseason Transactions Deep Dive: The Ryan Kesler Trade

Dimitri Filipovic
September 17 2014 11:10AM

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If it feels like it has been quite some time since the frenzy of moves the Vancouver Canucks made in that hectic stretch bridging the end of June and beginning of July, it's because it has been. With the summer now officially having been put in the rearview mirror as training camps are set to begin across the league, we're running a 5-part series reviewing what the Canucks did this summer, and what it means for them moving forward. 

This deep dive was executed by the excellent MoneyPuck_ on Twitter, who has contributed content for us in the past.

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Jim Benning on the team's style under Willie Desjardins, giving the Sedins support

Dimitri Filipovic
September 15 2014 11:55AM

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This past weekend Jim Benning sat down with Bob McKenzie to discuss a whole gamut of topics pertaining to the team he inherited back in May, and has wasted no time putting his imprint on. 

It runs nearly 15 minutes and you can listen to it for yourself here, but I've gone ahead and taken the liberty of transcribing the main talking points stemming from the interview, as well. As unenthused as Benning may appear above the discussion itself is actually rather worthwhile, especially given the sentiments he echoes on the plan heading into the coming season, particularly as it relates to providing the Sedins with support.

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