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Babych Please – May 26th, 2017

This week, the Canucks gained a gold medal, two degrees, a new Swede, and plenty of quality time with the boys. Alex Edler won a gold medal this week and is probably feeling great, despite what his facial expressions may suggest. alex edler: the most excited I've ever seen himalex edler: still the least enthusiastic…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #53 Jake Oettinger

Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #53 Jake Oettinger Our first (Spoiler: and only) goalie to get a solo profile is Boston University’s Jake Oettinger, who checks in as the 53rd ranked prospect in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The lower ranking isn’t indicative of his talent level, as Oettinger had an extremely positive draft season…

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Nations Network 2017 Prospect Profiles: #54 – Artyom Minulin

Swift Current Broncos defenceman Artyom Minulin could’ve finished this season a bona fide first round prospect. After joining the Broncos a season ago as a first-round pick in the CHL Import Draft, Minulin flashed high-end vision and backed it up with serious production. He forced himself onto the scouting community’s radar for this year’s draft,…

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Canucks Army Podcast – Episode 26

It’s time for yet another edition of the Canucks Army podcast, J.D. Burke and myself talk all things Canucks, including the recent Season Ticket Holders town hall where Jim Benning had some interesting things to say. We delve into whether the Canucks truly are all-in on the rebuild, what moves they may be considering, including…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #55 Pierre-Olivier Joseph

After a run of forwards in the latter parts of the second round, we now turn our attention to the QMJHL. Pierre-Olivier Joseph, the younger brother of Tampa Bay prospect Mathieu Joseph, is an intriguing puck mover that has been ranked all over the place this year. Although P.O. Joseph will need to fill out…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profiles: #56 – Lukas Elvenes

I’m feeling a little bit of deja vu today, profiling Swedish prospect Lukas Elvenes after digging into Fabian Zetterlund yesterday. The two have similar statistical profiles, leading to similar projections, but as we’ll find out, they have some fundamental differences to the way they play the game. Elvenes has shown plenty of patience and creativity…

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WWYDW: Goaltending

The goaltending position has been a quietly popular of conversation this week. With the Anaheim Ducks’ recent elimination, there’s been speculation that they may be interested in shoring up their goaltending, and Ryan Miller could be a target. Meanwhile, Jason Botchford appeared on TSN 1040 recently and urged the Canucks not to sign Miller to…

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Nations Network 2017 Prospect Profiles: #57 – Jake Leschyschyn

If Jake Leschyshyn had the chance to shine on the big stage this season, it’s entirely possible we’re discussing him as a prospect on the fringe of the first round. A torn knee ligament took Leschyshyn from the Regina Pats’ lineup in February, and he didn’t recover in time to make a return for the…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profiles: #58 – Fabian Zetterlund

Fabian Zetterlund is a Swedish sniper who’s quite young for his draft class and has improved a lot just over the course of this season. His shot is his calling card, and he gets it off a lot, boasting impressive shot rates in each of the SHL, SuperElit and international tournaments. Zetterlund was most recently on display…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #59 Alexander Chmelevski

Checking in as our 59th ranked prospect for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft is Alexander ‘Sasha’ Chmelevski. The 6’0″ and 187 lbs centre was expected to have a standout season after a sensational Ivan Hlinka tournament in the summer, but he just couldn’t quite get there. Possessing a wicked shot and great playmaking abilities, Chmelevski…