Discussing the Vancouver Giants, And the State of the WHL

Dimitri Filipovic
October 10 2012 10:05AM


A few weeks back, our very own Jeff Angus laid out a few options for Canucks fans that were in desperate need of hockey to watch and follow this fall. I was in complete agreeance with him on this. Seemingly, the best option was the Vancouver Giants, who play in an easily accessible location, and have rather affordable ticket prices. And there's also the fact that Western Hockey League hockey can be really fun to watch.

Unfortunately, whoever took our advice has been left with a relatively sour taste in their mouth, as the Giants have sluggishly started out the season with a 2-5 record. I still think there are plenty of reasons for optimism, but it's not the start that you would have ideally liked to see. Especially with the opening they have in Vancouver hockey circles, given the state of the NHL.

I reached out to Cody Nickolet, who has his finger on the pulse of the WHL as much as anyone, to discuss what fans should be expecting of the Vancouver Giants going forward, and the general state of the league.

Click Past the Jump to Read our Discussion.

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Looking Into the Future: Blogs with crystal balls

Graphic Comments
October 09 2012 07:37PM

Bloggers with crystal balls

We are now at that stage in the lockout process where everyone starts to make up alternate realities for what might be, or might have been. Well, almost everyone one. Others have been living in an alternate reality for a long time now.

This is the little-known back-up stage in the grieving process, which can be subbed in if you want to skip one of the traditional stages. Since clearly nobody is interested in the bargaining stage, we've replaced it with using your imagination so we can keep things moving along.

I like to call it Blogs With Crystal Balls... 

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Headshots October 9th

Dimitri Filipovic
October 09 2012 03:10PM

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Nicklas Jensen: Adjusting Seamlessly to the SEL

Uffe Bodin
October 09 2012 11:43AM

Photo Credit: Jesper Zerman
H/T: BlackIndeed

Nicklas Jensen is the leading scorer for AIK of the SEL with five goals and seven points in ten games. The team has played very poorly, but Jensen has been their best overall player. He's made the transition from the OHL to the SEL pretty much seamlessly and using his speed and size in the attacking zone, he is always a threat.

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Finding Milan, Part I

Cam Charron
October 09 2012 09:59AM

The times that we, as a blogosphere, spend searching for "the next Milan Lucic" may be better off understanding who the first Milan Lucic is. He's a relevant topic of conversation, since he is generally the first player brought up in those insane "the Canucks need to draft more Giants" discussions.

And why not? Lucic is 6'4", 200 lbs and a legitimate crazy person on the ice. He's scored 56 goals over the last two seasons, hits everything that moves and fits the rugged "bull-in-a-china-shop" descriptor. But just what the heck is so valuable about Milan Lucic that makes him such a desirable, and rare, character?

For that, I think we need to look a bit more at Lucic's history.

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