Canucks Team Needs: Depth Defenceman

Thomas Drance
June 19 2013 11:23AM

Aaron "The Prototype" Rome
Photo courtesy wikimedia commons

It's "Canucks team needs" week here at Canucks Army and already we've taken a look at some options the Canucks might have to improve their bottom-six centre depth, and their secondary scoring this offseason. Let's turn our attention to the blue-line, supposedly a strength of this club.

While the Canucks arguably lack a dominant "1A defenceman," there should be no doubt that in Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, Dan Hamhuis and Jason Garrison the Vancouver Canucks have four very good top-four guys. In Chris Tanev, who is a restricted free-agent this summer, and Frank Corrado, Vancouver's system has some intriguing young depth as well. What the Canucks lacked a year ago, as evidenced by the fourteen games Cam Barker played, was credible defensive depth. It's an issue likely to be exacerbated this summer by the probable departure of unrestricted free-agent Andrew Alberts and expensive liability Keith Ballard.

Wither Aaron Rome? We'll break it all down after the jump.

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Afternoon Headshots: June 18th

Thomas Drance
June 18 2013 05:04PM

How's that for a spiffy t-shirt design? Kudos to @YYJordan.
The finalists in our T-shirt design contest will be posted tomorrow (promise this time).

It was a light day for us at Canucks Army. Jeff broke down the club's secondary scoring need and some possible ways to address it this offseason, and that's all we wrote. So pretty much the hockey blogging equivalent of counting "fifteen two, fifteen four and there is no more" in a game of cribbage.

Click past the jump for more Canucks news.

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Canucks Team Needs: Secondary Scoring

Jeff Angus
June 18 2013 10:53AM

We kicked off "Team Needs" week at Canucks Army on Monday with a look at third-line centre options this offseason. That series continues today with a look at top-six forward options.

I looked at some second line options last week (including David Clarkson and Valtteri Filppula), and that analysis will be expanded upon a bit in today’s post. Let’s assume that Ryan Kesler remains at center and the Canucks find themselves in the market for a top six right winger at a bargain basement price (a very realistic scenario). Who is available in-house? How about on the trade market?

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Pending Free Agent Corban Knight is Probably a Canucks Fan

Thomas Drance
June 17 2013 11:07PM

Corban Knight via the NCHC blog.

Over the weekend the Nation Network's Jason Gregor interviewed unsigned Florida Panthers draft pick Corban Knight in a column for the Edmonton Journal. In that piece Corban Knight revealed that he, a Florida Panthers fifth round pick in the 2009 NHL draft, intended to hit free-agency. Since 2009 Florida has retained exclusive negotiating rights to Knight because he was a bonafide student through to his graduation this spring. The deadline to sign "bonafide students" after their graduation from an NCAA school is on August 15th of the league year, so that means Corban Knight will randomly become an unrestricted free-agent in the middle of August.

Knight was ranked as the fourth best prospect in the deep Florida Panthers system last summer by Corey Pronman of ESPN Insider and Hockey Prospectus. Knight's an aspiring face-off ace who has produced at a point per game rate in American college hockey ever since he became a sophmore. So yeah, Knight - who is listed as being born in the fruit stand capital of the world a.k.a. Oliver, British Columbia but is actually a resident of High River, Alberta - is likely to have some suitors this summer.

One of those suitors will probably be the Canucks, an NHL team that Corban Knight appears to cheer for. Read past the jump.

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Afternoon Headshots: June 17th

Thomas Drance
June 17 2013 05:05PM

Would you want to wear a t-shirt with the above design from @petbugs13?
Check back tomorrow for our T-Shirt Design Contest Finalsts!

Today at CanucksArmy we looked at the teams need in the middle of their third line, broke down whether or not the Utica Comets represent a long-term solution or a short-term stopgap for the Canucks AHL affiliate franchise and imagined that Canucks might look at a "Team of Rivals" type coaching staff next season.

To find out whether or not Alain Vigneaut smells like the vault, click past the jump.

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