The Canucks in 2013-14: A Fantasy Hockey Preview

Jeff Angus
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.

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What's So Bad About Being Called A "Diva" Anyway?

Graphic Comments
August 28 2013 06:29PM

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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.

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Prospect Profile: #3 Bo Horvat

Thomas Drance
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.

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Prospect Profile: #4 Nicklas Jensen

Jeff Angus
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.

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Podcast: "Chris Tanev is Back, And the Podcast is Back!"

Dimitri Filipovic
August 26 2013 02:44PM

Chris Tanev is pretty thrilled about how much time we spent discussing him; Image via Canucks [dot] nhl [dot] com

This podcast was recorded on Thursday (August 22nd) afternoon, but due to some technical issues, we weren't able to get it up until now. You could say that it's #MarekLate, and you wouldn't be wrong. But still, only one of the things we discussed is actually dated; like when I asked Cam whether the return of Chris Tanev meant that Andrew Alberts' time as a Canuck was up, and he replied with "Oh, I hope so." Alberts wound up signing on for $600k for next season just hours after we recorded. So hopefully you'll still find some value in giving it a listen.

In this edition of the show we covered the Tanev contract (and the next one to come), the Canucks "missing out" on Douglas Murray, and the benefits of fancy stats. We finished things up by answering some of the questions we received from readers about Bo Horvat, Jordan Schroeder, and Jason Garrison.

Click past the jump to stream the podcast!

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