Catching Up With Zack Kassian's Strength Coach, Dave Orton

Jeff Angus
August 07 2013 12:10PM

Zack Kassian seems to be trying out some new stretching techniques, apparently

Dave Orton is an Ontario-based strength coach who works with elite athletes across a number of sports, including MMA, football, lacrosse, and hockey. This summer is the second straight year that he has trained Zack Kassian. I first caught up with Orton a few months ago to talk about Zack's first summer at his gym.

Read on for our more recent interview, where we talk about Zack's thoughts on Tortorella, where his fitness level is at, and a lot more.

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Prospect Profile: #18 Cole Cassels

Thomas Drance
August 07 2013 09:52AM

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At the 2013 NHL Draft, not long after stunning the hockey world with the consummation of the Cory Schneider deal, the Canucks made Oshawa Generals centreman Cole Cassels their third pick of the draft. A two-way centreman with "NHL bloodlines" (Cassels' father is former Canucks centreman Andrew Cassels) scouting reports are divided on Cassels' offensive upside, but uniformly commend his physical play and willingness to block shots. That mostly meshes with what I've seen of Cassels in the past.

Cassels played a somewhat limited role and was sheltered behind two excellent two-way OHL centremen in Boone Jenner and Scott Laughton in Oshawa last season. I'd mention that in past viewings, Cassels hasn't particularly stood out to me as a likely NHL player. Still, I had Cassels a bit higher on my list than 18 (I had him at 15). Based on his age, versatility and production; Cassels represents a better bet to develop into an NHL caliber asset, in my view, than a whole slew of centre prospects who will appear ahead of Cassels on our consensus list.

Read past the jump for more.

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Prospect Profile: #19 Peter Andersson

Patrick Johnston
August 06 2013 02:46PM

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Let's clear things up right away before proceeding any further. Just because you're both Swedish, and a defenseman, doesn't automatically mean that you will be a Nick Lidstrom (no one is that good), Mattias Ohlund, or even an Alex Edler (yes, better, closer-to-home potential comparables).

Peter Andersson is not going to be any of those. He's number 19 on our list for a reason. He's a guy that's aware of the size he possesses and he knows how to use it (*laugh track plays*), but the question with him is whether or not his skating will improve enough to make him a legitimate NHLer.

Let's take a look at the guy who didn't even crack our list last year. 

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Canucks Army Contest: A Chance to Go Head-to-Head with Roberto Luongo

Dimitri Filipovic
August 05 2013 12:24PM

Judging by his face, Roberto Luongo ain't playin' games. Well, except this time, and that other time.
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Here at Canucks Army we make a point of attempting to give back to our loyal readers. Whenever we hold creative meetings with our staff, we bounce arounds ideas in which we could make the site more interactive, and get you guys involved in some capacity. Not too long ago, we came up with the idea of running a T-Shirt design contest, which was a hit.

Now, we've got something else in the works. Let me ask you a question: are you a fantasy football player? If so, great. But even if you're not, don't stop reading, and don't let that stop you from entering your name into this particular competition. Pretty much the only requirement for you to be eligible to participate is that you are required to have a desire to beat Roberto Luongo at something, and that you promise you'll do your due dilligence in doing so.

Would you like to be able to tell your friends that you squared off against Roberto Luongo and came out on top? We're now giving you a chance to go mano-a-mano with the winningest goaltender in Vancouver Canucks franchise history. Read on past the jump to find out how you can participate in what I personally think is a pretty cool opportunity.

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Prospect Profile: #20 Alex Friesen

Cam Charron
August 05 2013 09:36AM

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This is less a prospect profile about Alex Friesen and more an editorial comment on the state of the Vancouver Canucks prospect system pre-2013. My ranking of Friesen at No. 13 in the Canucks' system, which I understand is the highest that anybody gave him, was not based on any new information we learned in the 2012-2013 campaign, but just a general observation that he's further along in his development and I haven't learned anything about him over the last 12 months that would take away from the fact that I could "potentially see him play in the National Hockey League someday".

Not much in the National Hockey League, mind you. If you click on his profile from last year, you'll see that Friesen played an important role on recent Niagara Ice Dogs teams as the lead defensive centreman on the team. He's basically a more physical, offensive Manny Malhotra, which I suppose any NHL team would love to have, but it's unrealistic to project his junior talents to the majors at this point.

Read on past the jump for more on Friesen, our 20th ranked prospect in the Canucks system.

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