— Ryan Little (@rLittle67) September 24, 2017
No, and that will just cement the NHL’s status as the whitest, most privileged big sport in North America. It’s unfortunate.
How strong is the Vancouver weed smell in your neighbourhood?
— Wayne (@ottoiletbreak) September 24, 2017
I live in East Van, so you go ahead and take a guess at that one.
Besides the obvious standouts like Lind and Palmu, what Canucks prospects not in training camp have stood out to you so far
— Yaya (@YayaSucks) September 24, 2017
It’s a little early to say, but on the Canucks Army Instagram, we posted a gif of a Michael DiPietro save that is out of this world. So let’s go with him.
Is it concerning at all that 2 of Elias Pettersson's 3 points were on the power play?
— Samuel (@7SevenIn7) September 24, 2017
That Elias Pettersson has two power play points in three SHL games is not concerning, no. It’s a very small sample, and he’s a point per game player in a league made up of adults. If I’m a Canucks fan, I’d be pretty excited about his production to this point.
When does the 2017 weed ranking come out?
— Nuckles (@Nuckles37) September 24, 2017
I’m the wrong guy to ask.
What things does @NG078 have to do during the next two preseason games to make the opening night roster?Or is it too late and will be in AHL
— Francisco Varas (@PanchoVaras) September 24, 2017
Nikolay Goldobin has to show that he’s willing to use his speed to close gaps in the neutral zone and take away space in the defensive zone. I’d think that Canucks head coach Travis Green should be fairly aware of Goldobin’s offensive prowess, but it’s his ability to play outside the offensive zone that will secure him a full-time gig in the NHL. Another goal or two wouldn’t hurt, either.
How bad can this season possible get? What does a win look like at season’s end?
— Mike Folka (@MikeFolka) September 24, 2017
As one of those poor souls who had to cover this team all of last season, I can honestly say that this season looks like it will be a much better one than last. Certainly from an entertainment perspective. I think that counts for a lot. It’s not like the scoring depth they’ve added will take them to the promised land. It just means they’re going to be vaguely entertaining for maybe a third of their games. It will be bad, sure, but not nearly as bad as last season.
As for what constitutes a win, is there any answer outside of the first overall pick that works? The Canucks sure could use a Rasmus Dahlin on their blue line.
What's best case scenario for Chatfield, and do you see him getting called up at some point throughout the year?
— Markus Meyer (@Markus_Meyer27) September 24, 2017
If you asked me this question a month or two ago, I would’ve said that Jalen Chatfield’s best possible outcome was probably that of a sixth or seventh defenceman. And yet, he keeps scoring, albeit, in the pre-season, and looks even better defensively than when I last saw him in the Memorial Cup. It might not be unreasonable to project him into more of a four or five role.
With the training camp Chatfield has had, I could see him being one of the Canucks first call-ups if injuries strike, and that’s assuming he doesn’t force his way onto the team outright. Chatfield does have five points in two games, after all.
Is tryamkin overrated by Vancouver fans?
— mike higashi (@hirokidude) September 24, 2017
Nikita Tryamkin is almost certainly overrated by Canucks fans.
You think Boeser Horvat and Beartschi will lead the team in pts this year?
— FaNHockey Geek (@patrick_neron) September 24, 2017
Yeah, that seems reasonable. I’d probably put Loui Eriksson in Sven Baertschi’s stead, but otherwise, this checks out. My hot take? It’s Brock Boeser who leads the team in points period.
Last year's PP was a dumpster fire and I realize it's split-squad weirdness right now, but thoughts on how special teams has looked?
— Trevor Crawley (@tcrawls) September 24, 2017
I’ve not been impressed with the Canucks special teams, in either phase. The power play looks similar to last year’s. It’s a 1-3-1 setup, with more bodies down low and an added emphasis on using low-high passing to syphon shots through their blue line. The penalty kill is a little passive for my liking. I’m curious to see what systems changes we can expect when the Canucks have a full lineup and a few months familiarity with the scheme.
Who do think will make the opening day line up
— B CHAP (@PlayazCanada) September 24, 2017
I’m really sorry, but I’ve answered this like a hundred times this summer. If you check any of my summer mailbags, you’ll have an answer to this question that’s more or less the same to the one I’d give you today.
Terrible preseason behind, does Juolevi have potential to develop into a top end gamebreaking dman? What's Juolevi at his max potential?
— Taranvir Atwal (@Taranvir_Atwal) September 24, 2017
I still think Olli Juolevi has top pair potential. There just aren’t that many people in the game who see the ice better than him. That’s going to take him a long way. It’s looking unlikely at this stage, but I’d like to think Juolevi’s ceiling is a high-end Dan Hamhuis with more offence.
Why do I choose Canucks and Seahawks fandom
— myra (@myra_mc) September 24, 2017
Penance for something done in a past life.
Kole Lind off to a hot start.. what would be a good D+1 season for his development into a top 6 player? Past references are welcomed
— Canucks/Jays (@CanucksJays) September 24, 2017
How’s that for an understatement? Kole Lind is just terrorizing the WHL, albeit in a small sample. If Lind can score at about a 1.5 point per game pace, I’d say that bodes well for his future of NHL success in a top-six role.
It's jersey day at my school on Tuesday – Black spaghetti Linden jersey, yellow spaghetti plate, blue orca, miller jersey? Hartford?
— Keith The Hawk (@KeithTheHawk) September 24, 2017
Hartford Whalers, every damn time.
@Five4Howling had a good article on the pens decision, you guys going to write something? Culture in the NHL about it and all?
— John Griffin (@jgriffcdn) September 24, 2017
That doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. They’ve got a good staff. I’d like to write something on this topic, but timing might prevent me from getting to it while it’s at the front of everyone’s mind. It’s such a sensitive topic, too, and I honestly worry about whether I have the skill or tact to do it justice.
I’ll say this much: I stand with the athletes who are protesting systemic racism in the United States without any reservation. And I think the NHL as a whole has a lot of soul-searching to do.
How does LTIR work? It doesn’t count against the teams cap but the player still gets his full salary? Thinking of Lupul/Hossa etc etc
— Jordan Hawkins (@JordanAMHawkins) September 24, 2017
When a player is on LTIR, the team who places them there gets access to that player’s salary as a cushion above the cap. So, for example, if the Canucks place Henrik Sedin on LTIR at the beginning of the season, they have access to a $7-million cushion above the salary cap.
I think that’s the gist of how it works. If not, I apologize. This is a topic that Jeremy Davis and Ryan Biech are far better equipped to answer.
Do you think Upshall has already been beat out of a roster spot? Seems like it would be tough to squeeze him in, even as the extra F
— Scott MacDonald (@Scott995) September 24, 2017
I wouldn’t say that Scottie Upshall is already beaten out of a spot. In fact, most of what I’ve heard/read suggests he has an alright chance of making the Canucks. It would be tough to fit him into the lineup, but not impossible. And Upshall can still play as a fourth liner, for whatever that’s worth.
How do you see Utica shaping up, especially the D? Seems like there will be some AHL-level players sent to the ECHL this year?
— Scott MacDonald (@Scott995) September 24, 2017
The Utica Comets opening night lineup is probably going to look a lot like this:
— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) September 22, 2017
Of the China Canucks performances who were the winners and losers
— Simon Tongs (@TasCanucksfan) September 25, 2017
Markus Granlund seemed to play well in those games.
Given the extended timeline for recovery of Gaunce, what are the expectations for him this year and beyond? Will he head to Utica?
— Henry Crutching (@HCrutching) September 25, 2017
Considering what Brendan Gaunce is up against this season, if he puts together another year where he’s really damn good defensively, with just a touch more offence, that’s a win. I doubt he’ll go to Utica for anything more than a conditioning stint. Gaunce would have to clear waivers to do so.
Do the Canucks possibly have the 4 slowest sluggish F's in the league? Sedins, Vanek, and Eriksson have looked lethargic
— Peter Genge (@peter_genge) September 25, 2017
Skating has never been a strength of the Sedin twins or Thomas Vanek, no.
After Tryamkins recent comments about Van, you see the team start actively trying to move him soon?
— Noel A. (@quick_s1lver) September 25, 2017
I doubt it, since they weren’t actually that bad.
Is this the Philip Holm we thought it was?
— Sawyer Marsh (@SawyerMarsh) September 25, 2017
I’d hope not, for the Canucks’ sakes.
MB pt 2: My fantasy draft is on Friday, who are your sleeper picks you think will give me the edge (G/A/Powerplaypts/ShortHandedgoals) ?
— Jordan Hawkins (@JordanAMHawkins) September 25, 2017
I’m terrible at fantasy hockey, so take this with a grain of salt, but try and snag Andrei Burakovsky. He’s primed for a big year.
Can you imagine what Europe things of us? Booze heads that punish each other with binge drinking and hardcore pot addicts in the street
— Cole Robinson (@Colenuck) September 25, 2017
Usually, Europeans love it in Vancouver. Usually.
How good will Boeser be in 3 years ?
— K Town (@KtlieverseKelly) September 25, 2017
Pretty damn good, I would wager. I don’t think Boeser developing into a 30-plus goal scorer is unrealistic, in that span.
@JDylanBurke chances OJ goes to Europe this season?
— Marc Mercier (@Marc_TheCanuck) September 25, 2017
They’re looking pretty good. The only real hurdle will be the London Knights, who no doubt will want Juolevi to return to their team.