@JDylanBurke Sorry to pre-empt the Monday mailbag. But are Hutton and Stecher objectively good NHL players? Serious question. Also I may be slightly drunk. Always appreciate your work. Thanks.
— Greg Gibson (@ggibson412) December 16, 2017
I don’t think that either Troy Stecher or Ben Hutton are exceptional players by any means, but are they good? Certainly. Ben Hutton’s one of the Canucks better defenders from a puck possession standpoint, and as Jeremy Davis alluded to in his piece on Hutton from earlier in the season, a lot of his micro statistics check out at the top of the pack among Canucks defenders. Troy Stecher’s having a rough season — injuries and usage being the issue — relative to my expectations going into this season, but he’s still been relatively fine.
— Ryan Little (@rLittle67) December 17, 2017
For the Canucks’ sakes, I hope that it’s more of a Sam Reinhart or Sam Bennett type than it is an Evander Kane. Perhaps they look into a prospect with real potential that’s wearing out their welcome with their current team, a little like Nic Petan with the Winnipeg Jets or Michael McCarron from the Montreal Canadiens.
If the Canucks are going to acquire a top-nine forward, they’re going to draw from their defensive pool to do so. One has to think that Erik Gudbranson is the player they’re dangling the most, and that should be able to get the Canucks a top-nine forward, and maybe even more. I worry, though, that they might be just as eager to move on from someone like Ben Hutton too though.
— Ogie (@Trolley_Tracks) December 17, 2017
I can’t speak for the writers at CanucksArmy, but for myself, it’s more of an item that I would explore next season, frankly.
A week ago what odds would you have given me on Gadjovich being Vancouver's sole rep on Team Canada.
— Passive Voice (@Z_A_Kline) December 17, 2017
Maybe a 25% chance?
— Michael Paweska (@mrpaweska) December 17, 2017
I don’t think so, but frankly, I’m not an expert on the collective bargaining agreement. That’s more Ryan Biech or Jeremy Davis territory. Biech does a prospect mailbag on Fridays, so maybe try to ask him about that topic then and he’ll get back to you.
Do you think Olli Juolevi has a chance to make the Canucks line up next year? Is so what percentage?
— Rockford (@Rocksterh8) December 17, 2017
If Olli Juolevi can’t crack the Canucks next season, then there should be some concern about what’s going on with his development. He should be on the Canucks next season, and if I were to handicap his chances, I’d say he’s rocking about a 75% right now.
Should the canucks trade a dman off the roster for a top 9 forward or a pick/s
— Shawn Finney (@7finney) December 17, 2017
That depends on who is available. If the Canucks part with someone on their blue line for a band-aid type of quick fix or someone without a long-term future on the team, that would be a massive mistake.
If I'm not mistaken you said teams were offering serious futures for Gudbranson on draft floor this year. Care to shead some light on what kind of ballpark are we talking about and do you think Canucks can still fetch similar return if/(hopefuly) when they opt to sell #44?
— NaiveOrleans (@NaiveOrlins) December 17, 2017
I have to be honest, I never heard much about the specifics of the situation, just that the Canucks were fielding offers for Erik Gudbranson based on significant futures. Are those same pieces available to them at this juncture? That’s hard to believe. Gudbranson hasn’t been good this season no matter how you slice it. In fact, he’s been quite the opposite.
What’s the organizational game plan with Dowd?
— Trevor Crawley (@tcrawls) December 17, 2017
There probably isn’t a game plan for Dowd. He’s a 13th forward. You don’t usually invest much in the way of game planning in that type of player.
If the @CanucksArmy team had Christmas dinner, what's on the menu and who is doing the cooking?
— Alex Urbanovitch (@killerwhaletank) December 17, 2017
Petbugs and I would be doing the cooking, that much is a given. I would smoke a turkey in my ugly drum smoker, and it would be amazing. Petbugs would control all of the sides, and he’d kill it. I’d expect sweet potato yams ala Vernon Davis, and probably some stuffed mushrooms and the like. And stuffing. So damn much of it. I’d go for seconds and thirds.
Who has been the team’s most impressive non-BBB forward this season in your opinion?
— Markus Meyer (@Markus_Meyer27) December 17, 2017
Let’s call it an even tie between the Sedin twins.
Design a not horrible (for the Canucks) Evander Kane trade, if possible
— Mr. Big Stuff (@BoringBortHova) December 17, 2017
There are no circumstances in which I feel the Canucks should make Evander Kane a part of their team. They could trade MacKenze Stewart for him, and I’d call it a loss. I’ve written at length about this topic, and you can find my thoughts on that in this article.
I stand by everything I said about Evander Kane and the Canucks this summer.https://t.co/HYgRAlO6Jt
— J.D. Burke (@JDylanBurke) November 18, 2016
How many more draft picks will Benning trade away prior to the draft?
— I love hipchecks (@ilovehipchecks) December 17, 2017
Hopefully not one, I guess.
A few players not in the Canucks organization or on team Canada that you'll be watching closely at the #WJC2018
— Darryl Keeping (@dkeeping) December 17, 2017
Andrei Svechnikov on Team Russia, Miro Heiskanen on Team Finland, Robert Thomas on Team Canada (sorry, I broke the rules), Rasmus Dahlin on Team Sweden, and Timothy Liljegren on Team Sweden all jump out at me. And Quinton Hughes on Team USA, of course.
What is considered Elite ppg production in the CHL, (for forwards) and where do you think Lind/ Gadjovich project right now.
— Cole Treleaven (@Coletr11) December 17, 2017
That depends on their age and their league, so it’s hard to pin down any one number. In fact, if it is possible, I’d suggest Ryan Biech is the one to have the answer. Or Jeremy Davis. But it’s easier to ask Ryan because he does the prospect mailbag on Fridays, so I’d reach out to him.
Kole Lind is producing at an elite clip — of this much, I am most confident. Jonah Gadjovich is doing well for himself, but I wouldn’t call his production earth-shattering by any means.
Which do you think is the more surprising cut from Canada's World Junior Team? Lind or Dipietro? For me, it's Dipietro.
— Joshua (@VanCityOrca91) December 17, 2017
For me, it’s Michael DiPietro.
Is Kole Lind making a case to be a recall in the event of early injury? Or is he done?
— Vikingstad (@HockeyRockBeer) December 17, 2017
That’s a difficult one to answer. I think Kole Lind should have made the roster to begin with, but so too should have Nick Suzuki, Owen Tippett and Cody Glass. So even though Lind is playing out of this world hockey, I’m not sure he’d get the inside track on any of those other options.
Unfortunately, he is probably done.
Will Reid Boucher get a look, sometime soon, or early next year?
— Boulton16 (@BoultonJacob16) December 17, 2017
The Canucks recalled him last night, so I guess there’s your answer.
Do we really need to be worried about pouliot being taken out of the lineup because at this point I’m not convinced this blue line will ever be 100% healthy
— Brody (@BradenHalabiski) December 17, 2017
When I last checked, Derrick Pouliot led the team in even strength ice-time from about mid-November onward. I would expect his spot in the lineup is secure at this stage.
First thing that went through your head after the brown injury?
— Kai Kuypers (@echurchfankai98) December 17, 2017