ESPN's Defensemen/Goaltender Rankings Did What?

Dimitri Filipovic
September 17 2013 10:59AM

Dan Hamhuis' perpertual sadness is finally starting to make sense.

Putting together a rankings list is a pretty thankless job. It's far from an exact science - it's subjective, for the most part - meaning that everyone will have differing opinions and beliefs as to how the list should look. But that doesn't mean that they aren't fun to do, because they definitely are. They can lead to good discussion and provoke thought that may not have been had otherwise. We know a thing or two about publishing rankings around these parts.

Anyways, in an attempt to get people ready for the looming NHL season, a team of hockey analysts working under the banner of the worldwide leader in sports has been charged with ranking the best players in the league by position. So far their Top 50 defensemen and Top 25 goaltenders have been revealed. There are some things I take issue with on each list, and conveniently enough, they're Canucks-related.

Read on past the jump for the lists.

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John Tortorella Is Selling Twitter Short

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September 17 2013 09:38AM

Just what is an IPO anyway? 

In a tasty bit of irony last week, on the same day that Twitter announced it was going public with an IPO, the Canucks' head coach, John Tortorella, threatened to show his players what PO really stands for if they choose to go public on Twitter.

Now, if you ask me, Tortorella is really selling Twitter short here. Figuratively, anyway. I have no idea about his investing decisions. Maybe he took a bath on that Facebook IPO and doesn't want to get burned again. Who knows?

The point is, Tortorella is kicking a straw dog, maybe that's a poor choice of words...

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Not for a "Läck" of effort, Canucks lose first preseason game to Sharks

Cam Charron
September 16 2013 11:32PM

The NHL preseason is for two things: using small sample sizes to convince people that the assertions you made over the summer are correct, or defending your assertions made over the summer because of a small sample size.

This was the first time that the Vancouver Canucks have played a hockey game since May, and it was against San Jose again, who returned to Vancouver without Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Antti Niemi, several other of their stars, and no tail stripes or shoulder yokes on their sweaters. If the preseason has any modicum of importance, it's probably in the field of uniform aesthetics, and I don't like how plain the Sharks new white sweaters are. They looked like the old threads ditched by the Dallas Stars when they flipped to a more traditional design. With teal, silver and orange in the scheme, the Sharks had one of the truly unique colour combinations in pro sports, but they always wore their dull black sweaters in the playoffs.

Wait, there was a hockey game, wasn't there?

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Preseason Game #1 Preview: Sharks @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
September 16 2013 01:42PM

Hockey is back, baby! (Image via Ian Lindsay )

It may just be the preseason, but it's still something, you guys. Hockey is officially back in Vancouver, as the Canucks kick off their preseason schedule - which features 6 games, 4 of which will be in the friendly confines of Rogers Arena - when they play host to the San Jose Sharks tonight.

Read on past the jump for a preview of tonight's action, including some news and notes on the line combinations we can expect.

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Can Bo Horvat Stick with the Vancouver Canucks?

Dimitri Filipovic
September 16 2013 10:40AM

Is Bo Horvat ready to stick in the NHL? What does history tell us?
Image via The Chronicle.

It seems that with each passing day, more and more people are talking themselves into Bo Horvat being the answer to the Canucks' "riddle down the middle" on the 3rd line. I think that at this point it has as much to do with the lack of other intriguing options as it has to do with anything about Bo Horvat.

Brad Richardson. Jordan Schroeder. Mike Santorelli. Not exactly a list of names that inspires a ton of confidence in having the ability to fill an important role on the team. Especially a team whose fans have become conditioned to expect wins. Horvat is obviously a highly touted prospect, who is not only the new shiny toy in town, but also by all accounts plays a style of two-way hockey that could easily endear him to coach John Tortorella.

But is Horvat actually a realistic option to not only make the team, but stick in a 3rd line role? What does history tell us?

Read on past the jump for more.

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