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Babych Please – September 15th, 2017

Between training camp, new contracts, golf tournaments, and boybands, it was a busy week for the Canucks. Let’s relive the highlights.

  • First of all, take a minute to reflect upon the most important moment in Canucks history:

  • Bo Horvat finally signed a contract this week! He tweeted about it with a lot of exclamation marks!!!

  • And then proceeded to roast Ben Hutton.

  • Bo did a Q&A on the Canucks Twitter account, covering topics such as his teammates’ hair, Gus, Ben Hutton’s chattiness, and pineapple on pizza.

  • He also had fun laughing at a vintage Troy Stecher photo in Penticton this week. A good week for Bo.

  • Always humble Chris Tanev was asked what rule he would change if he ran the NHL, and he just wants his more talented friends to have a good time at the Olympics.

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  • The Jake Milford Charity Invitational took place this week. Jake loves the Jake.

Horvat and Hutton also love the Jake.

 

The Sedins wore matching outfits because that’s just who they are. 

And Erik Gudbranson looked like he’s in the middle of a photoshoot, obviously.

  • Player Media Day was fun for everyone except for Loui Eriksson: 

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  • Sven Baertschi, Jacob Markstrom, and Anders Nilsson legitimately look like the same man in three different stages of his life. A human Pokemon evolution.

  • By now you’ve all probably read the Sedins’ letter to their adopted home. They’re the best, but we already knew that.  

  • Conditional Pick

    In actual news, todays sessions offered a glimpse at potential power play groups. In the morning slate it appeared Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser, Alex Burmistrov and Sven Baertschi and Michael Del Zotto were the main group with Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Thomas Vanek, Sam Gagner and Alex Edler taking that role in the afternoon session. Reid Boucher, Markus Granlund, Nikolai Goldobin, Troy Stecher, Anton Rodin, Brandon Sutter, Ben Hutton, Philip Holm, Loui Eriksson also got reps. The Canucks seem set on using a 1-3-1 power play with lots of action through the middle out. Edler and Del Zotto seem to be getting the first looks as point men, with Henrik Sedin and Burmistrov controlling much of the action from the half wall. Familiar plays seemed to be in the mix with Daniel working some slap pass action with Sam Gagner as well as some looks for Boeser sneaking around on the weak side. The much maligned power play entry seemed to get somewhat of a face lift, while the “Detroit Drop” coming up the ice is still in the playbook an interesting wrinkle was worked on where it looks like they set up for this tried and not so true entry but a winger breaks back, circles behind the defenseman and takes the puck with speed coming up the ice with the center. Both Goldobin and Boeser elicited positive reactions from teammates after unleashing heavy, well place wrist shots.Overall there seems to be reason for optimism towards an improvement on last years tough to watch unit.