Is it maybe for the best that there is like no room for Hughes and Juolevi on the blue line? And same with kids up front ? If they are gonna suck why not let the kids thrive in Utica
— Danno (@8danno4) July 16, 2018
I’m sympathetic this argument when it comes to their forwards. Apart from Elias Pettersson, the crop of young players that have yet to make the NHL is pretty uninspiring. On defense, it’s another story. By any objective measure, the Canucks had one of the worst crop of defensemen in the league last season and yet it looks like they may come back with the same eight players. That would be a little disappointing.
Who will make the opening night roster?
— Laura 🏒💚💙 (@canucks181) July 16, 2018
Assuming there are no trades, my best guess is that the depth chart will look something like this:
(Line combinations are obviously purely speculative)
It’s not what I would go with, but I think it’s what we’re most likely to see on opening night.
Do you think Brendan Leipsic has too-six upside?
— Markus Meyer (@Markus_Meyer27) July 16, 2018
I think Leipsic has enough skill to maybe be a complementary player in a top-six role, likely on a second line. I also think that’s the best possible outcome one could realistically expect from a 24-year-old who’s struggled to make his mark at the NHL level thus far.
If you had to give up one in a trade for 1st overall in 2019 (Jack Hughes), would it be Horvat, Boeser or Pettersson?
— GreenGoat (@greensgoat) July 16, 2018
I would probably have to go with Bo Horvat.
Why do so many commentors on Troy from richmond articles still doubt him? Voted best Dman year 1, worked his way back up to fist pairing year 2, elite penalty killer, and man he has some sick edgework and a work ethic to die for. Also uses his leverage very well. Just due to size
— Geoffrey shimmin (@GeoffLShimmin) July 16, 2018
For whatever reason, a large chunk of the city of Vancouver always seems to rush to belittle the accomplishments of young defenders who don’t play a sufficiently physical game in their eyes. It’s funny because most of these people are also the same who label any young defender who can make a decent first pass as the team’s saviour less than 10 games into their tenure here. I think expectations have a lot to do with it. Most fans just don’t have a clear idea of how rare it is to find an offensive, physical defenseman who is also reliable in his own zone. This city seems to oscillate rapidly between love and hate for its defensemen. Given the fanbase’s track record with other players, I actually think Troy Stecher has done a good job of avoiding criticism so far.
How come no one is worried about the CBA? Will they be a strike again? What would it do to Seattle’s expansion? If it delays it would effect Vancouver’s protection list to include petterson and Hughes.
— mike higashi (@hirokidude) July 15, 2018
The NHL can choose to opt out of the current CBA in 2019, which seems like the most likely scenario at this point given the animosity that arose over the league refusing to allow its players to attend the Olympics. Either way, the good news is that the current CBA doesn’t expire until September 2022, while Seattle’s inaugural season is set to be in 2020-2021.
Precedents set in the past would seem to point towards the likelihood of another strike, but it’s unlikely it will affect the expansion process. The Canucks are probably in the clear.
Who are player comparables to Quinn Hughes, past and present?
— FlyingVs (@ImUrHucklbrry) July 16, 2018
To be honest, I don’t think there are many recent comparables. Hughes’ game is more in line with the freewheeling style of the seventies and eighties, but things have changed so much and as soon as you start to go back more than a decade or so you run the risk of making a comparison a young player can’t live up to. That’s a boring answer, but the truth is he’s incredibly unique.
If Canucks decide to move Hutton, which teams, if any, could be potential destinations? Have to figure it would be a team willing/able to take on that contract, have some belief that a change of scenery would help, and have some need at LHD. A quick look suggest maybe the Devils?
— Michael Paweska (@mrpaweska) July 16, 2018
The Devils would make sense, and I could see teams like L.A. or Chicago that have a lot of money locked up in a few players and are looking to extend their window maybe taking a risk. I’d imagine the market is pretty limited at the moment, otherwise we’d have seen a trade by now.
What's the best second line that you can imagine the Canucks having with their current signed players that has Pettersson on the wing and no Sutter?
— Slap Pass Hockey (@SlapPass_Hockey) July 16, 2018
I’d be interested in splitting up the Horvat-Boeser combo to see if you can spread the offense across the lineup. I wouldn’t mind seeing Petersson play the right side with Horvat and Baertschi and seeing what an Eriksson-Gagner-Boeser line could do. I’d rather stick Pettersson with the team’s one proven offensive centre and hope Brock Boeser can carry his own line than see him play alongside someone like Brandon Sutter.
Given how bad some contracts are, if it takes giving picks or some secondary young players to move elder players with bad contracts (such as Gudbranson, Beagle, Erikson, Sutter), should #canucks make a trade?
— Henry Crutching (@HCrutching) July 16, 2018
The team is better off waiting until they’re competitive to think about adding sweeteners to bad contracts to get them off the books. The Canucks look so far away from competing at the moment that it may not end up being necessary.
What would it cost to pull Sam Reinhart from the Sabres? He’s likely to play wing with Mittelstadt and Eichel as 1/2 C, and would create a more offensive 1/2 C punch with Horvat is VAN. Current RFA, would VAN have interest, or the pieces for this move?
— Josh Crawford (@joshcrawford93) July 16, 2018
I definitely think the Canucks would be interested in a player like Reinhart. It’s tough to gauge what the price would be, though. He’s eclipsed 20 goals in two of his three seasons and has never finished a campaign with less than 42 points. The price should be high, but every time he’s discussed it seems to be in a negative light. The Sabres will be looking to make a quick turnaround now that they’ve added Rasmus Dahlin; maybe they’d have interest in someone like Chris Tanev to add a veteran presence to the team’s blue line?
— Trent Allan Mitchell (@FirstBohdog) July 16, 2018
A quick glance at Micah McCurdy’s shot tracking data would indicate that the Canucks’ PK was better at limiting scoring chances without Gudbranson on the ice. You may be on to something.
The most competitive player-to-player camp battles that await in canucks training camp?
— Scott (@Scott995) July 16, 2018
Nikolay Goldobin and Brendan Leipsic look to be competing for the same role as a scoring winger in the top-nine. That looks too close to call at the moment.
What is the Canucks’ biggest weakness in their prospect pool?
— Ben Turner (@bgabriel28) July 16, 2018
Might be too late for the mailbag, but is losing Goldie on waivers the point at which fans can rightfully sharpen their pitchforks and get the torches lit? Is there any rational excuse for letting him go for nothing to make room for low scoring vets?
— ithinkicanuck (@ithinkicanuck) July 16, 2018
Given the state of the team’s offense, losing Goldobin for nothing would look extremely foolish. It would surely be a sign of poor asset management, if nothing else. But it probably doesn’t justify forming an angry mob. Losing Frankie Corrado for nothing was foolish too, but turned out to be no real loss. If he gets claimed and lights it up somewhere else, then maybe you can get your pitchforks out.