September 14 2011 08:35PM
He may not be the most photogenic prospect, but Adam Polasek made a good impression this evening.
With basically all of their name prospects (Schroeder, Sweatt, Anthony, Sauve, Erixon, Connauton) sitting out - a Canucks rookie squad composed mostly of undrafted invitees, late round picks and Anton Rodin put together the teams best performance so far in the Young-Stars tournament.
The unheralded group negated three one goal leads from the Sharks prospects before going up on a power-play goal late in the second period off of an Adam Polasek point-shot. They didn't look back. In the third period, the prospects were - *gasp* - really solid defensively, allowing only four shots in the frame.
September 14 2011 02:00PM
Pee Wee "Marchand" Herman got paid today. Photo via @cheekster82
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September 13 2011 12:59PM
EA Sports released their much anticipated NHL12 today. Reviews and reports of game play/mechanics have been trickling in on my twitetr feed today, some of which I have decided to share. Apparently EA has gotten quite clever with this iteration and the "Be a GM" game mode hides some rather idiosyncratic quirks and pitfalls.
September 13 2011 10:45AM
The Canucks prospects team will rest today in preparation for two more games later this week against the rookies from the Jets and Sharks organizations on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. So lets take a break from drooling about Nathan Longpre and Sebastian Erixon, and turn our attention to everyones favorite inevitable Canucks controversy.
As the 2012 entry from EA Sports' legendary "NHL" video-game series drops today - Twitterers are complaining about how the Canucks goaltending is over-rated in the game. EA ranks the team's goaltending as the best among all NHL teams (97 out of 100), and most blasphemously, Roberto Luongo is rated a single attribute point higher than Tim Thomas.
Granted, if I was responsible for calibrating player ratings Tim Thomas would be rated 95 and functionally impossible to beat, the player ratings EA has put together do reflect a larger truth. Namely that the Vancouver Canucks possess arguably the best one-two punch in goal in the entire league (Boston's duo of Thomas-Rask are the only other legitimate contenders).
Though this qualifies as one of those "good problems" - the Canucks are
likely 100% absolutely guaranteed to have a goaltending controversy at some point this season, and fans, bloggers and media will all chime in, pick a side and hyperventilate about who should start a particular "big game": Luongo or Schneider.
September 13 2011 09:21AM
Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.
This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player talents and figure out exactly what certain teams need. There's definitely more to a hockey player than simply being "good" or "bad" and by how much, so today I will profile the defensive forward.