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Should the Canucks Be Worried About Evan Bouchard’s Skating?

Evan Bouchard has one of the most impressive statistical profiles of any 2018 draft-eligible defencemen not named Rasmus Dahlin. Bouchard outpaced all OHL defencemen — regardless of age — when it came to points(87), assists(62), shots(297), and primary points per game(0.9). Narrow down the criteria to sort by U19 defencemen historically and Bouchard’s production looks…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #21 Vitali Kravtsov

Vitali Kravtsov had a fantastic KHL playoffs that has seen his stock rise considerably heading into this draft. Playing so well to close out the year that he stole the Best Rookie of the Year Award from Eeli Tolvanen, although he still probably shouldn’t have won it. The young Russian winger possesses an intriguing skill…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #22 Alexander Alexeyev

Landing in the 22nd overall spot in the CanucksArmy prospect rankings is the well-rounded Russian defenceman Alexander Alexeyev. Unfortunately, Alexeyev has suffered some injury issues over the last two seasons which has cast some doubt on his overall outlook., but the Rebels defenceman has such a complete two-way game that makes it feel like he…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #23 Calen Addison

Landing in the 23rd spot of the CanucksArmy prospect rankings is Lethbridge Hurricanes defenceman, Calen Addison. Known for his dynamic offensive abilities, Addison leaves a little bit to be desired in the defensive zone. Obviously, being a defender, it’s something that he needs to improve going forward but it could be simply be something that…

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Olli Juolevi to Undergo Microdiscectomy Surgery

A crucial summer of development will be washed away for Olli Juolevi. Update on Olli Juolevi. pic.twitter.com/MjYQM8fhSj — Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) June 11, 2018 Juolevi will undergo a microdiscectomy procedure to repair a disc in his lower back. A timeline for recovery will be revealed after the surgery, though it typically takes several weeks to…

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Monday Mailbag: John Tavares, Brandon Sutter, and Sami Niku

I’m back again, playing spot duty due to what I can only assume is a killer birthday hangover currently being experienced by J.D. Burke. Let’s take a look at those questions. With Green’s familiarity with Gaunce, do you see Travis giving him a shot at C, with the lack of depth right now? Or would…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #24 Dominik Bokk

After lighting up the German hockey circuit as a teenager, Dominik Bokk made the progression to Sweden’s SuperElit Under-20 league for the Vaxjo Lakers and didn’t skip a beat. That season’s rightly garnered Bokk first-round consideration with some even being so bold as to put him in their top ten. We’re not quite ready to…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #25 Serron Noel

Serron Noel is a big-bodied winger who can impose his will on the game when he so chooses. He is a player with high upside and raw talent that makes him one of the most intriguing prospects of this draft class. There are some draft analytical tools that show that Noel is a great bet…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #26 Martin Kaut

Another player to see his stock rise as the season went on is Czech forward Martin Kaut. Expected to be a 2nd or 3rd puck when the season began, Kaut was able to get himself into the conversation as a first round pick and likely ends up there when we hit draft day. A smart…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #27 David Gustafsson

A two-way centre who performed extremely well in the SHL and at the U18 World Juniors, David Gustafsson checks as the 27th best prospect in this draft class. He has been overshadowed by another Swedish forward this year but Gustafsson has some really good underlying numbers that look even more impressive when you take into…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #28 Jake Wise

It seems as though every year there’s a player whose statistical profile screams “draft this guy”. Invariably, every draft has one or two players who seem to be ranked insanely low in the mainstream rankings compared to where the numbers are saying a player ought to be selected. While I can’t speak for every CA…