November 30 2016 09:00AM
It's been a couple weeks since "stuff"-gate, but Jake Virtanen is still in the AHL, and he's not doing so well. In 7 games, he has just 2 points, both assists.
I think it's fair to say at this point that Virtanen's been mishandled a bit since he was selected by the Canucks with the 6th overall pick in 2014. He's been in and out of the lineup, and hasn't produced at the level you'd hop for a top-10 pick, in either professional league. So where do we go from here? How would you handle Jake's development? Should he be in the NHL? AHL? The pressbox? Or maybe you think the Canucks should cut their losses and see what they can get for him now, before his value declines any further.
November 29 2016 11:47PM
Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin - USA TODAY Sports
If the Canucks are going to make something of this season, they're going to have to string together consecutive wins at some point. Going into tonight, the Canucks hadn't accomplished that feat since their season opening 4-0 run.
Playing the Minnesota Wild, with their backup in net, provides a better chance than they'll get on most nights in the Western Conference. And to the Canucks credit, they took full advantage. They didn't make it look easy. Vancouver trailed courtesy a pair of Jason Pominville goals for the Wild, then clawed back with four of their own. That lead didn't last. The Wild drew even barely more than ten minutes after the Canucks fourth goal.
The Canucks didn't waste time getting their lead back, though. Bo Horvat redirected a Troy Stecher point shot for the 5-4 lead and eventual victory. Ryan Miller stopped 37 of 41 shots for his fourth win of the season. Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 of 35 shots.
November 29 2016 12:18PM
With the injury to Alex Edler (which has resulted in surgery and a 4-6 week timetable for return), the Canucks needed to bring in an extra defenceman. The easy choice was Alex Biega, who was in Utica on a conditioning assignment. Unfortunately, the Canucks were already at their limit for Alex's, meaning that Alexandre Grenier needed to be sent back to Utica to make space.
November 29 2016 11:45AM
For each of the last four World Junior Championships, Team Canada has been represented by a Canucks prospect (twice by Bo Horvat and twice by Jake Virtanen). While Vancouver's most recent first round selections hail from Finland and the United States, 2015 third round pick Guillaume Brisebois is intent on making sure that the Canucks are represented once again.
Hockey Canada announced their list of invites to their 2016 Junior Selection Camp, and Brisebois has made the cut.
November 29 2016 09:00AM
The Canucks are riding a one game winning streak as the Minnesota Wild come to town. Let's not get too excited here, we have a long season to go still. You know that Alex Edler is out for awhile so it's all hands on deck and that isn't exactly reassuring.
Both teams are at opposite ends of the Western Conference and with a Canucks win this evening, Vancouver is within striking distance of the playoffs... which start in April.