Dude take a fucking holiday! I think you've earned a couple weeks off!
— Marco B (@Roccos_Van) July 23, 2017
Yeah, but what about Development Camp?
Which group has higher ceiling over long term…Nylander/Tkachuk or Virtanen/Juolevi..?
— Jeff Putnam (@Putsky88) July 23, 2017
It’s William Nylander and Matthew Tkachuk who have the higher ceiling of the two groups, and I don’t think it’s particularly close.
Are the Montreal Canadians screwed?
— Abu Am'mar (@taizzzz5) July 23, 2017
I’m not entirely sure what prompted this question. The Montreal Canadiens haven’t had an especially poor summer by any stretch of the imagination. The Karl Alzner contract is among the worst signed in free agency, but other than that, it’s been an alright offseason. That’s more or less par for the course for Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, who alternates great and awful decisions like clockwork.
The Habs prospect pool leaves a lot to be desired in the wake of Mikhail Sergachyov’s departure by trade. They’re a team that’s in full on contention mode, though. They can’t worry about the future while they have Carey Price and Max Pacioretty in the fold.
Will come over and help with my yard?
— Coop (@1Cooop) July 23, 2017
Who goes first: Linden or Benning, and at what point in the season
— Yaya (@YayaSucks) July 23, 2017
Well, if either of the two loses their jobs, it’s probably Canucks general manager Jim Benning who walks the plank first. That’s just how the NHL hierarchy goes. It’s that, or Benning and Canucks president Trevor Linden going at the same time. And if the Canucks suffer another season like the last two, I set the over/under at the season’s end.
What do you anticipate the workload breakdown will be between Nilsson and Markstrom?
— Trevor Crawley (@tcrawls) July 23, 2017
I suspect the Canucks will run Anders Nillson and Jacob Markstrom in tandem until one of the two distinguishes themselves from the other. At some point, I see Nilsson running away with the job. However long it takes for him to ascend to being the go-to goaltender will impact the split. Nilsson will probably get into the 45-50 game range; Markstrom gets his scraps.
Will Tanev be traded?
— Enigma (@tweetalex997) July 23, 2017
how would you rank the Canucks prospect pool at this moment?
— Bernard Polishname (@brantacanadens1) July 23, 2017
The Canucks’ prospect pool is improving, and at a decent pace too. Their biggest problem is that they’ve so much ground to cover. Even after the combined haul of their trade deadline and the best draft of Benning’s tenure, the Canucks don’t have the best pool in their division — that’s disconcerting given just how bad they’ve been for as long as they’ve been bad. All the same, they’re creeping towards having a top ten prospect pool.
Other than Juolevi, which D prospects do you think have a realistic shot of being a top-4 guy?
— Markus Meyer (@Markus_Meyer27) July 23, 2017
The reflex here for most would be to name Guillaume Brisebois. I’ve never been as big a fan of his game as most, though. Honestly, I see Jordan Subban as the player with the best chance of developing into a top four defenceman in the Canucks’ pool (who isn’t named Olli Juolevi). The kicker? I think Subban might be good enough to play on an NHL third pair already.
How many points do you think Pettersson will score in the SHL?
— Eknoor Singh (@eknoor17kesler) July 23, 2017
If Elias Pettersson can score at a pace comfortably past half a point per game, I’ll think it a step in the right direction.
if you had to pick a Canuck to be your partner in pictionarry who would it be
— Sawyer Marsh (@SawyerMarsh) July 23, 2017
Troy Stecher. He takes everything so seriously. There’s no way he’d let us lose.
For the 2018 draft, would you be hesitant to draft a d-man (Dahlin) 1st overall given how former 1st overall dmen have performed?
— Tristan Anderson (@tristan_vncvr) July 23, 2017
I wouldn’t hesitate for a second if I thought Rasmus Dahlin was the best player in next year’s draft. Most of the mistakes made drafting defenceman in the top five speak more to how this league struggles to properly evaluate them than it does the state of volatility with that position.
Could you talk about future of goalie equipment? Possibly have one of your gifted writers do an article on it ala Corey Hirsh
— mike higashi (@hirokidude) July 23, 2017
I’m not a huge fan of the movement to shrink goalie gear. Some minor tweaks wouldn’t hurt the game, but I think it’s window dressing for addressing the real problem, which is that the game isn’t wide open enough. Goals don’t make hockey entertaining — it’s the pace of the game that matters the most to me.
Has Bo reached his ceiling? If so, would a long term expensive deal be risky?
— Dr. Rahman (@shafman_00) July 23, 2017
Most ageing curves suggest Bo Horvat’s still a ways to go before he reaches his peak, and I tend to agree. That and I’m just terrified of putting any more limitations on Horvat’s ability.
What's the likelihood, and how would you feel is our 4 C's in a few years are
— Kevin Doughty (@no_doughty) July 23, 2017
I think that’s a fairly realistic outlook for the future of the Canucks at centre. It’s hard to judge if that’s a contending set of centres. There’s just so much that can happen between now and a “few years”. At this moment, I’d think the Canucks are in okay shape down the middle of their lineup.
What kind of impact will Sam Gagner have? Point/Goal total projections for him.
— Taranvir Atwal (@Taranvir_Atwal) July 23, 2017
Sam Gagner won’t change the fortunes of the Canucks next season. He’ll add a handful of goals above a replacement level player over the course of a season. I expect him to score about 15 goals and clock in at roughly 35 points. That would be an alright return on investment for the Canucks, too.
Did you know that there was a Prospects Dev. Camp earlier this month?
Couldn't resist. Sorry. Love the podcast.
Keep up the hard work.
— Jeremy (@Johnny_Canuck_) July 23, 2017
IMHO 90% of the moves you'd advocate making have been done JB. A few criticizable ones have actually panned out. Are you that far off?
— Geordie (@geordiedent) July 23, 2017
Oh, I don’t know about that. I’m not going to go into full detail, but I have a hard time with that figure. I disagree with a lot of what Benning’s done in these last few months, and what he hasn’t done for that matter.
How would you grade/assess the Canucks coaching and managment departments. Used to be a progressive group in some ways under Gillis. Now?
— Geordie (@geordiedent) July 23, 2017
Given Canucks head coach Travis Green is a first time NHL head coach, it’s hard to evaluate him. I’m optimistic about his likelihood of success at the NHL level, though. I don’t think highly of the job the Canucks front office has done, though I must admit, they’ve stepped it up in these last few months.
Regarding how progressive this front office is, I think they’re making progress. Linden cited analytics specifically when asked about their last draft. Most of their moves in free agency pass the analytics sniff test, too. They have a long, long way to go though.
Is a hotdog a sandwich? I super appreciate your content over summer. Cheers!
— Aureleo Reyes (@seyerpa) July 23, 2017
That’s such a silly question. Of course hot dogs are sandwiches.
Do you believe Benning when he says if young guys prove themselves in camp/preseason he'll move out players to make room including UFA guys?
— Vikingstad (@HockeyRockBeer) July 23, 2017
I take Benning at his word on this front. I could definitely foresee a scenario where Juolevi makes the team in camp and the Canucks have to trade Ben Hutton, as one example.
— Matthew smiley (@matthewsmiley26) July 23, 2017
I don’t have a clue, and I don’t really care.
What do you see happening with Gudbranson? Resign or trade at deadline? Can JB risk losing him for nothing?
— Alex McCulloch (@Al_McCulloch) July 23, 2017
That depends entirely on how Erik Gudbranson plays next season (spoiler: probably not well). If Gudbranson struggles again next season and the Canucks can’t sign him to a reasonable contract, I see them trading him at the deadline.
If you had a choice between 1 million dollars or the Canucks winning the cup next year which would you choose?
— brent gomez (@b52gomez) July 23, 2017
I’m not what you’d call a fan anyway. I cover the team. I’ve had to put that on hold for the last little while. Even if I was, I lean heavily towards taking the million dollars.
@JDylanBurke What do you envision Bo's contract to set at? I would guess somewhere in the 5.5M average over 6 years.
— Riggo (@riggssaysreally) July 23, 2017
At this rate, I think he’s going to sign short term for $4.5-million. Somewhere in that range.
In the unlikely event that we were to win the draft lottery next year, do you prefer Dahlin or Svechnikov for the Canucks?
— Leo Kang (@omgTACOSFTW) July 23, 2017
It’s far too early to draw conclusions. I lean towards Dahlin at this juncture, for whatever that’s worth.
F/ck, marry, kill. Canucks roster… Please explain your answer ?
— brent gomez (@b52gomez) July 23, 2017
I’m not touching this with a ten-foot pole.
Has a player like sbisa or gudbranson ever reached out to canucks army because they were upset over an article showing their advanced stats
— John Puck (@johnpuck1992) July 23, 2017
That hasn’t happened to me yet. I’ve talked with Luca Sbisa a bunch though and he’s always a gentleman, and a smart fella too. He really seems to get the game. I loved his answers to my questions. I haven’t spoken much to Gudbranson, but he seems like a really nice guy. Sharp as a tack, from what I can gather.
Do you think it is ever acceptable for an NHL team to play a defenseman as a forward?
— Nathan (@natevk) July 24, 2017
Only if it’s The Bulldog.