September 29 2015 02:00PM
Today's look back tackles the Top 5 Canucks personalities. In a tough hockey market like Vancouver, it’s not easy to keep a positive mentality and keep things fun on and off the ice. Through the years, however, the Vancouver hockey scene has been lucky enough to have a few players break the mould and moreover break the ice especially in the past decade. (No, Jacob Markstrom isn't on this list yes, but he's our odds-on favourite to climb up the ranks)
September 29 2015 12:00PM
Few traditions are as time honoured in Vancouver as draft ineptitude. Sometimes it's not even the scouts fault either.
Take Anton Rödin, for example. There was no arguing with his selection as the 52nd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. Scouts fawned over his skill with the puck and lauded his competitiveness, in spite of his smaller stature.
Alas, projecting prospects can be a fickle matter and Rödin proved to be no exception. Playing in the SHL for the two seasons preceding his draft year, Rödin acquitted himself fairly well. Rödin then left for North America, where thing got hairy. The second round pick struggled immensely to adapt and retreated to the Motherland following two very forgettable seasons with the Chicago Wolves.
The Canucks qualified Rödin and have retained his rights to this day. The Swedish winger has taken steps forward, meaning it might be worthwhile to circle this wagon.
September 29 2015 10:00AM
The Canucks have just wrapped up their first full week of preseason hockey and they're already busy - selling papers, attending galas, starring in various iconic movies, and looking seductively at chicken nuggets.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 28 2015 10:55PM
Sometimes, all you need is one. One pass to go the right way. One hit to change the momentum. One fan who was distracting you deciding to head upstairs and grab a hot dog instead. One of something, it doesn't quite matter. Tonight, it was one well-placed shot which pulled the Canucks out of a sticky situation and into the victory books.
September 28 2015 06:18PM
Ever since the Canucks let Sami Salo go, they've been searching for a replacement to blast home points shots on the man advantage. They tried Alex Edler, but he couldn't get his windmill-windup shot off in time. They tried Jason Garrison, but he couldn't hit the net. They tried Alex Edler again. It certainly didn't help that both of these guys are left handed shots, and thus can't one-time pucks coming from the right side of the ice, where the Sedins ALWAYS are.
But like the girl next door you never saw as more than a friend until she helped you through a tough time, the right person might have been there the whole time, right before your eyes.
I'm talking about Yannick Weber, if that wasn't obvious. Let's check out the season outlook of last year's highest scoring Canuck defenceman, Yannick "just put him on the goddamn first unit" Weber.