What happens when J.D. Burke hands off the Monday Mailbag to someone who is already midway through their fourth beer?
As they used to say on my favourite T.V. show, let’s find out.
Are the playoffs a semi realistic aim for 1819 season? And when do you think the next ‘cup window’ will be? 21-25 ish?
— Jonathan Hughes (@87jonny) June 4, 2018
For the first time since 2014-15, the Canucks had at least two lines who could be relied on to produce offence on a semi-regular basis and even had a top-10 power play. With Henrik and Daniel Sedin gone, that doesn’t look likely to happen again. So no, I don’t think it’s a realistic thing to aim for.
The question of their cup window is an interesting one because the team’s best young forwards are entering their prime within the next few years but the help they need on defense is just so, so far away. I would say you’re in the ballpark but they’ll really need to figure out their back end within the next couple of years if it’s going to happen at all.
Boqvist downsides easily fixed?
— Clark (@ClarkBambam) June 4, 2018
Adam Boqvist scares the shit out of me. “Boom or bust” prospects aren’t nearly as common as some people think, but boy does he fit the bill. If I remember correctly, his most recent season in the SuperElit had 4 matches. Three of them never made the NHL. The fourth was Erik Karlsson. There’s a real risk associated with selecting him, but you could say he’s an intriguing gamble. He can probably iron out the defensive issues but the concussion history is not, as you say, easily fixed.
If available, Wahlstrom or Kotkaniemi for Canucks?
— Caleb (@leungcale) June 4, 2018
I definitely lean towards Wahlstrom but you can’t go wrong with either player.
After Boeser and Horvat who comes third in scoring?
— ReefKeef (@HarderKeefer) June 4, 2018
Who knows, man. It’s June. Any answer would be a complete shot in the dark. I’d like to at least know what the Canucks do in free agency before I take a stab at answering this one.
Is there a way to get Hanifin without giving up our 1st round pick?
— mitchelhughes82 (@mitchelhughes82) June 4, 2018
Yes, but it would involve moving one of the few assets they have that’s more valuable than the 7th overall. They’re not moving Boeser, Horvat, or Pettersson, so if they don’t move their pick that’s pretty much the end of it. The only thing I could see happening is something involving Thatcher Demko, but even that seems like a stretch.
We've all heard the choices for our 1st round pick, give me 2 or 3 names for the 2nd and 3rd rounds…..please
— Nuckledown 22+33 (@lancet5400) June 4, 2018
I feel like we get a variation of this question every week but here’s a brief list of guys I have way higher than consensus, ranked based on how high I expect them to be selected:
Obviously Petterson is projected to be an impact player in the future, but if he makes the Canucks this coming fall what sort of impact/role do you see him having?
— OnRepeat (@OnRepeat_BDO) June 4, 2018
I’m usually a “pump the brakes” guy, but honestly, I don’t see why he can’t be an impact player right away. He was the best player in a men’s league this season. It’s not that much of a stretch to think he could be at least above average in the NHL next season. That being said, I think it’s likely he will be sheltered like crazy at evens and get a ton of power play time, at least at first.
There's been a lot of talk about Hanifin as a potential trade target. Are there any other D the Canucks could realistically look for in a trade this offseason? What type of value would be needed to acquire those D? Do you even think it would be prudent to trade for a D this year?
— DKH_10 (@DKH_10) June 4, 2018
I think Hanifin is a special case. Setting aside whatever you think about Hanifin or the team’s rumoured interest in his services, the front office wouldn’t be doing their job if they weren’t at least taking calls. Other than that, I think the only D the Canucks would target would be prospects in return for one of their veteran pieces. I’m not against acquiring Hanifin (if the price is right), but in general I don’t think trading for a defenseman would be prudent.
compared to Hutton of 2015? Is hanafin the same hype? Both have defensive flaws
— mike higashi (@hirokidude) June 4, 2018
It’s not really the same thing. One broke into the league at 18, the other at 22. One was selected in the fifth round, the other at fifth overall. Also, unlike Hutton, I really don’t think Noah Hanifin is damaged goods. He’s coming off his best season yet. I’m not really sure why he gets talked about as if he’s been a massive disappointment.
Anybody on Washington you think we could get on the cheap (who's worth it) if they're trying to shed some salary to resign Carlson
— Hubby (@hubby34) June 4, 2018
When looking at their contract situation, Andre Burakovsky seems like the obvious answer. That would be an interesting move, although I can’t really speculate as to what a trade between the two teams might look like.
How bad is kristoph Gunnerson looking as the Canucks 5th round pick in last years draft ?
— Belaclava Boris ?? (@KtlieverseKelly) June 4, 2018
Kristoffer Gunnarsson has played parts of three SHL seasons and a total of 69 games now and still hasn’t earned as much a single point. That seems impossibly difficult to pull off. That selection is definitely looking like one of the more notably puzzling selections of the Jim Benning regime. The 2017 draft was otherwise a great performance by the team’s scouting department overall, however; so I think they can get a pass this time.
Who in this current draft is the best projected impact player at number 7 ?
— Belaclava Boris ?? (@KtlieverseKelly) June 4, 2018
It’s really tough to answer questions like this one because after Buffalo selects Rasmus Dahlin, all bets are off. If Oliver Wahlstrom and Quinn Hughes are gone by seven, I lean towards Jesperi Kotkaniemi as the best bet to be an impact player available.
Someone in the Canucks twitterverse (I forget who) mentioned a little while ago that the Canucks were building a BPA list for the 1st 45 players and then positional needs lists after that. To gain more picks, would you trade down with every pick outside the 1st 2 rounds? Y/Y not?
— Tyler Stefurak (@StefXCV) June 4, 2018
It almost always makes sense to trade down in the middle rounds, but teams are also less likely to be targeting a specific player after around the second round or so. But yes, I would explore trading any of the team’s picks down.
Would you trade markstrom + for hanifin
— Cole Treleaven (@Coletr11) June 4, 2018
This is just silly. That would be a tremendously lopsided trade. You don’t just give up a player like Jacob Markstrom for nothing.
Which desperate team that faltered in rounds 1/2 should the Canucks target (besides the Leafs)?
— Anders Lau (@ALaudBrother) June 4, 2018
Los Angeles and Anaheim seem ripe for the picking. Rumours are floating around that both teams called asking about Brandon Sutter, too. Your move, Jim.