Stick Taps – January 15th, 2017

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Local Calling

Ben Kuzma says even if Jake Virtanen and Jordan Subban are playing well, there are hurdles to jump to get to the NHL (The Province)

The Canucks “success” should be tacked onto these 10 things according to Jason Botchford (Vancouver Sun)

The Canucks rise in the standings can be attributed to their youth, explains Chris Oddo (FanRag Sports)

Bo Horvat was selected to his first all-star game, and he is both the present and the future says Trevor Connors (The Hockey Writers)

Nationwide Calling

The 2015 Draft Class is at a crossroads as the Canucks must decide who to sign to ELC’s before June 1st. Ryan Biech takes a look at who to sign (Canucks Army)

The Adidas takeover happens at the end of the season. Ari Yanover takes a look at this from a Flames perspective (Flames Nation) while Matthew Henderson took a look at it from a Canucks perspective. (Canucks Army)

What is the value of a shootout specialist? Andrew from Original Six Analytics takes a look over at Wings Nation. (Wings Nation)

Social Break

More Good Content

Alex Ovechkin notched his 1000th point this week. (SI)

The five best moments from the now defunct Breakaway Challenge (The Hockey News)

Hayley Wickenheiser retired this week, a legend of the sport of hockey. (Sportsnet)

  • Bud Poile

    Botchford is a negative sensationalist on a good day but he at least he reports that the Stetcher signing came about because Benning was honest with him.

    Botch even had praise for both Desjardins and Benning in regards to the Shinkaruk dump for Granlund-that turned out be a shrewd move,BTW.

    Given the distaste and even hatred for both Benning and Desjardins a faint crack of positivity/praise has opened up towards both men in the unrelenting negativity that is the Vancouver sports media.

  • TD

    I don’t get it. Kuzma’s article stated Virtanen came to camp bloated and out of shape, but all summer the reports were that Virtanen was working out daily with the training staff. What’s the real story?

    • LTFan

      Exactly, what is the real story? It is unfortunate that we never seem to get from the Vancouver media, what is really happening. But then I don’t think they know either. They are certainly good at creating stories though, a lot of Fiction. Grrr.