September 16 2010 06:47AM
We continue our series where Canucks Army will profile various players of interest leading up to the new season.
Before the free agency party that saw Dan Hamhuis land in their laps, Mike Gillis got the party started at June's Entry Draft by acquiring Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich for Michael Grabner, Steve "Death to Scoring Chances" Bernier and a 2010 1st rounder (Quinton Howden). Some fans bemoaned letting Grabner go, but in exchange Vancouver received a player they didn't have in the playoffs: a healthy, all-around defender who has of the few righthanded shots on the team. Now - like Ed Jovanovski and Roberto Luongo before him - the hope is he can come to a hockey mad city and develop into a dependable piece on a winning team.
September 15 2010 08:32AM
There is no doubt that every, any player, that spends time on the top line in Vancouver with the Sedins will benefit. However, no player has done more with their time with that opportunity than Alex Burrows. The Quebec native set career highs in goals, assists, points and many other categories. He scored himself a new $2m/yr contract last year as well. Not bad for a guy who went undrafted and was playing in the ECHL 5 years ago.
But Alex Burrows starts the year injured, recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. So upon his return, what does Burrows do for an encore to his career year? Does he match it? Better it? And does it depend entirely on the Sedins?
September 13 2010 03:36PM
According to Ben Kuzma, Peter Schaefer has been invited to take part in the Canucks training camp. The former Canuck/Senator/Bruin was bought out by Boston a year ago after spending a season in the AHL with Boston's affiliate club, the Providence Bruins. He managed just 7 goals and 26 points in 47 games played that year.
September 12 2010 11:26AM
The Canucks have players entering their system at a VERY early age.
A showcase of some of the league's emerging talent starts today in Penticton, as the Canucks young stars face their counterparts from the Oilers, Flames, Sharks and Ducks. The tournament kicks off today as the Canucks and Oilers face off at 4 PM PT.
What should we expect and who should we watch?
September 10 2010 11:42AM
Less than a day after sounding upbeat and chipper about his immediate future with his club, Vancouver Canucks' top prospect Cody Hodgson was sent back down the rungs of the ladder. His injured back, which he said Thursday felt 100%, requires further medical testing and he will miss the Canucks' Prospect camp this weekend.
So what's next for Hodgson? And what's next for the Canucks?