Judging by the possibility of Canucks draft position in the 20’s. Do you see brackett taking a chance on 5’6” caufield?
— mike higashi (@hirokidude) November 12, 2018
If prior selections are any indication, Judd Brackett is intimately familiar with the USHL and doesn’t seem to let small stature be a deterrent. It really just comes down to whether or not he believes in Caufield, but unfortunately it’s too early to speculate.
Should the Canucks look for a defencemen skills coach to develop the young defencemen coming through the organization. Bieksa or Ohlund?
— Scoob (@scoobuar) November 12, 2018
I’m certainly not against the idea as long as the position is based on merit rather than being a jobs program for former players. Both Ohlund and Bieksa certainly possess qualities that could transfer well to a coaching position. I’m skeptical as to whether or not it would ever happen, though.
What would the asking price be for Alex Nylander from Buffalo?
— Stein (@VancouverGent) November 12, 2018
I’m not sure what the asking price would be, but only thing that would really make sense for either team would be swapping underperforming prospects. It’s hard to see any return other than Olli Juolevi that Canucks could offer that Buffalo would want and that wouldn’t be off-limits for Vancouver.
If Gagner isn't called up with so many injuries, will he ever be? Barring a trade, is he out of the NHL for good IYHO?
— Geordie (@geordiedent) November 11, 2018
I get the feeling that if the Canucks had any interest in giving Sam Gagner another chance, he’d be with the team right now. I can see him getting another shot in the NHL with the right team, but it would have to be under the right circumstances. The problem in this instance is more the contract than the player. Plenty of teams have a spot in their lineup for Gagner in the right role, but not at that price.
Can you list 3 UFA traded at the TDL and who have then been re-signed by their old team in the summer?
— Daniel Schwarz (@dan_qotsa) November 11, 2018
The first player that came to mind was Daniel Winnik, oddly enough. He signed with the Leafs on July 1, 2015 after being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in February. Roman Polak did the same roughly a year later, signing a deal with Toronto after going on a long playoff run with the San Jose Sharks.
Big-name players have done it, too. Keith Tkachuk went from St. Louis to Atlanta and back again in the mid-2000s. More recent examples include Matt Moulson (Minnesota, Buffalo), and Antoine Vermette (Chicago, Arizona).
Do the Nucks really want Tryamkin back?? Doesn’t seem like he would fit in with this lineup
— Cody Feldbusch (@rcbusch03) November 11, 2018
The fascination with Nikita Tryamkin stems largely from the fact that he met the basic standard of what it takes to be an NHL defenseman, but did so while being very, very tall. That’s not entirely misplaced. Being that large *can* give you a competitive advantage, provided you can do enough other things well. While I’m less bullish on him than others, I’m also inclined to believe it couldn’t hurt having him on the roster considering the shape of the defence.
Your observations aren’t totally off-base, though. Travis Green has the defense much more engaged and active in transitioning the puck than they were under Willie Desjardins. That wasn’t exactly a strength of Tryamkin’s game. During his brief stint in the NHL, he looked comfortable enough, but that’s largely because he didn’t have the puck 99% of the time. You could definitely argue that he’s not a clear fit.
Can we officially say that Loui Erickson was a better free agent pick up than Milan Lucic?
— Lee Newwest (@Leenewwest) November 12, 2018
So far this season: which 3 Canucks have played way better than you expected?
— Daniel Schwarz (@dan_qotsa) November 11, 2018
Ben Hutton and Erik Gudbranson top the list for sure. I’d always defended Hutton, but we’re finally starting to see the eye test line up with what the numbers had been telling us. He looks fitter, more confident, and he’s getting some puck luck again.
Gudbranson, on the other hand, looks like a different player. The defensive gaffes are still there (albeit less so), but he’s moving the puck more effectively and has actually pulled off a couple of impressive offensive plays recently. I’m not convinced he’ll keep it up, (the vast majority of players his age are what they are,) but I won’t completely discount the possibility Travis Green’s system and an improved partner in Hutton is bringing out the best in him.
Picking a third player is tougher. I’ve always been a fan of Antoine Roussel’s game even if I disliked the contract, and I still can’t say with any certainty that Jake Virtanen’s recent offensive outburst isn’t a mirage. I got a lot of heat for refusing to declare Elias Pettersson elite after nine games, but I can’t say I’m completely shocked he’s played as well as he has, either, given his performance in the SHL last season.
I guess I’d have to say Bo Horvat, as silly as it may sound. He’s looked not only like a first-line centre, but a very good one at that. I know by this point not to put a ceiling on what he’s capable of, but he’s impressed me nonetheless.
Canucks make any moves at the trade deadline?
— jackson (@JacksonCanucks) November 12, 2018
It’s early, but this year’s deadline is shaping up to have the widest range of possible outcomes since Jim Benning’s first year on the job. They could try to sell some of their veterans in a bid to get younger, or they could stand pat like they did the last time they were in a playoff spot, or they could be genuine buyers for the first time in half a decade. I honestly don’t think I’ll have a clear idea until later in the season.
Does Sutter injury drop his value? Do you think Benning sees the team is doing better without him or think it is defensively worse therefore he would not trade him?
— Henry Crutching (@HCrutching) November 11, 2018
The fact that Elias Pettersson has come into his own so quickly and Adam Gaudette has looked so comfortable in a bottom-six role probably makes them more amenable to trading Sutter than they’ve ever been, but I don’t really see it happening. A team would have to really make them an offer they couldn’t refuse and I think the injury does drop his value, at least in the short term.