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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #72 Benoit-Olivier Groulx

Benoit-Olivier “Bo” Groulx is a real coach’s player. That makes a mountain of sense, considering he’s the son of Benoit Groulx, the current coach of the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League. The younger Groulx doesn’t have many high calibre skills that jump out at you (aside from a pretty dynamite wrist shot), but…

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Stick Taps: May 28th, 2018

Stick Taps: where I relay Canucks-related news and content that circulated throughout the Smylosphere this week. Rumours, opinion pieces, significant headlines and anything else worth noting to the fan base – I’ve got you covered!

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #73 Sampo Ranta

After spending the last three profiles in the Swedish junior leagues, we hop back across the pond to the USHL for our 73rd ranked prospect in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Finnish born Sampo Ranta lands in this spot due to his heavy shot and excellent skating abilities that have people in the scouting community…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #74 Marcus Karlberg

Checking in at our 74th ranked spot is diminutive winger Marcus Karlberg. Obviously, any time we talk about a winger that is 5’8″, there is concern that his size won’t be able to translate up the professional ranks in North America but Marcus Karlsson produced at a really high level in the Swedish junior league…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #75 Axel Andersson

Falling into our 75th slot in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft is right-handed defender Axel Andersson. When watching his game, there is a lot of things that make him attractive as a prospect and his skillset is easily projectable to an NHL lineup. Given NHL teams desires to get puck-moving defencemen who can play in…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #76 David Lilja

With the 76th overall slot, Swedish centre David Lilja checks in. A high energy player who has represented his country a few times, produced in the junior ranks and was a regular in the Allsvenskan this season, Lilja is someone who could hear his name called in the latter parts of the draft. Lilja is…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #77 Kody Clark

The son of the Maple Leafs legend, Wendel, Kody Clark checks in as the 77th ranked prospect in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft after a promising sophomore season in the OHL. Clark is one of the most skilled players of this draft class with the puck on his stick but there are some areas of…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #78 Dmitri Zavgorodny

Dmitri Zavgorodny is a player that has seen his stock rise and fall throughout the course of the 2018 season as he had some really promising periods of time during the year but he is always fighting an uphill battle as a 5’9″ centre. Zavgorodny is a crafty centre who has a good shot and…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #79 Linus Nyman

One of the top scoring re-entries this year is Finnish-born OHL sniper Linus Nyman. The diminutive winger has spent the last two seasons on a powerful Kingston team, benefiting from and contributing to the strength of that group. We have Nyman ranked near the end of our Top 100 last year, and after going unclaimed…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #80 Liam Foudy

Liam Foudy is another player who benefited from the CHL’s trade deadline, in this because it afforded him a lot more opportunity when his London Knights became sellers. As a result, he saw a huge spike in his offence in the second half of the season. Foudy is a terrific skater and can speed past…