May 12 2016 02:00PM
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – After a disappointing early end to their 2015-16 NHL season, seven members of the Vancouver Canucks got the call from their respective national teams to play for their countries at this year’s World Championship.
As the tournament’s preliminary round approaches its midpoint, here’s a rundown of how the three Canucks players in St. Petersburg and four Vancouver players in Moscow have fared.
May 12 2016 01:00PM
The Canucks 2012 first round pick Brendan Gaunce made some strides this season, appearing in first NHL game and later scoring his first NHL goal. It wasn't pretty, but they all count!
"It counted, that's all that matters"— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) October 31, 2015
Watch as Brendan Gaunce discusses his first career NHL goal vs Arizona.https://t.co/IXoRnE9Qi5
Although Gaunce only appeared in 20 NHL games and scored one goal in a fairly limited role, where he made those aforementioned strides was for Utica in the AHL. Setting new career highs in goals, assists and points in 46 games for the Comets. Last season he scored 11 goals in 74 games in the AHL, this year he had 17 goals in 46 games.
May 12 2016 11:00AM
Searching for positives from the Vancouver Canucks last season is like trying to find a needle in a British Columbia-sized haystack. So when I tell you that Sven Baertschi's season was exceedingly positive, it carries a certain amount of significance.
Though with a little less perseverance and sticktoitiveness, it's entirely possible we're recounting an entirely different story. Baertschi didn't appear ready to step into the offensive shoes that needed filling at the season's onset - particularly those Shawn Matthias left behind. And when an undersized perimeter player with a penchant for playmaking isn't producing, they often find themselves cast to the wayside - Baertschi was healthy scratched, early and often.
May 12 2016 08:00AM
Noah Gregor is a hard-working, two-way centre playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Gregor is one of those prospects that is projected to go in the mid second round, but could drop because he is not as well known as other prospects projecting to be drafted in the mid second round. He heads into the draft with only one full season of WHL action under his belt, giving us a smaller sample size to use.
May 11 2016 11:00AM
Assuming you were connected to the internet at any point yesterday or came in contact with a single, solitary Vancouver Canucks fan, you've heard of Linden Vey's familial troubles. If not, follow this link to the Jason Botchford article which unearths the chilling tale involving Vey's parents.
To Vey's credit, he's not using the trial as an excuse for a subpar showing in his two seasons with the Canucks...
"But I'm not going to sit here and say it's part of the reason I've had two of the worst seasons of my career."
I would say that Vey is being a little hard on himself, but I digress. There's no telling how an investigation of this magnitude might impact a player's ability to concentrate, and similarly, whether that makes the player in question any more or less valuable as a future of this team. I certainly can't answer these questions.
Are you up to the task? If so, the question is: Would you qualify Linden Vey this summer, as he is set to his restricted free agency.