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Why the Talbot sweepstakes is holding up an expected Canucks goalie trade

Photo Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports The Vancouver Canucks are expected to trade a goaltender this weekend, one of either Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom.  When that happens though may be dictated by outside factors, like when the New York Rangers ultimately move on backup Cam Talbot, who appears to be the belle of the goalie trade…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #4 Mitch Marner

View image | gettyimages.com Mitch Marner has been one of the biggest risers in this year’s draft rankings thanks to a jaw-dropping offensive season with the OHL’s London Knights where he demonstrated an elite offensive skillset.  Let’s dig a bit more into Marner’s impressive draft year. 

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #5 Zach Werenski

View image | gettyimages.com The common opinion goes that there are two tiers of defenders in the first two rounds. There is Noah Hanafin, Ivan Provorov, and Zach Werenski, and then there is the rest of the bunch. Zach Werenski is a pretty special player. What he has done in the NCAA for his age is…

Report: Canucks Have Asked Bieksa to Waive NTC… Or Have They?

View image | gettyimages.com It’s the day before the NHL Entry Draft, so you and I both know that we’re in the doldrums of silly season today. Rumours, reports, and trade chatter are all flying around completely unchecked and haphazardly. Earlier this morning, Kevin Bieksa was asked to waive his no-trade clause. Thirty minutes later,…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #6 Noah Hanifin

View image | gettyimages.com At this point in the draft, we’re really splitting hairs about who’s better than whom. Noah Hanifin is a great player. The guy we have at #5 is a great player. The guys sitting at 4th and 3rd  are also great players. After McDavid and Eichel, there’s really no “wrong” way…

Canucks at the Mock Drafts – Who Does the Media Think Vancouver Will Select?

View image | gettyimages.com As we approach the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, nearly everyone and their dog has taken part in some form of a mock draft.  Mock drafts are an interesting beast as they require taking into consideration many factors including ranking prospects by talent, where teams might finish (if pre-Stanley Cup Final), and what teams are…

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Babych Please – June 25th

Should this be Eddie Lack’s final week as a Canuck, spare a thought for people who spend their days trying to find fun, Canucks-related content. Yikes!

Canucks Pre-Draft News and Notes

View image | gettyimages.com As we are in the most exciting week for prospect aficionados Canucks Army has converted into a puppy mill of draft content, spewing out hundreds of profiles on players combining both traditional scouting qualitative analysis with our own unique statistics.  We are so busy as we are so excited for Friday that…

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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #3 – Cody Franson

Photo Credit: Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!  When the Nashville Predators acquired Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli in February, everybody thought it was a match made in heaven. After all, the team was…

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Thomas Drance’s NHL Awards Ballot

Photo Credit: Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports This was my first hockey season as a member of the PHWA, and I had the mixed blessing of casting an NHL Awards ballot. It was an honour, but it was also a heavy burden. After years of slamming NHL awards voters for this, that and the other thing, actually having a ballot this season changed…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #7 Kyle Connor

View image | gettyimages.com Let’s make no mistake about it, the 2015 draft class is ridiculous. When there is so much top end talent available, it’s easily to overlook a player who is slightly off radar, playing in North America’s 4th best junior league, especially when said player wasn’t showcased in the top scouting circuit tournaments.  Kyle Connor hasn’t…