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Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers Post-Game Recap: Boxing Week Blowout

The Rundown 

With Canada versus Switzerland at 5:00PM PST and the Oilers and Canucks starting an hour later, would-be viewers of hockey were faced with a decision on Thursday night. In the end, however, the draw of watching the two best players in hockey play against one another was much stronger than that of a Mike DiPietro-less Team Canada, and it’s safe to say that most British Columbians made the right choice in turning off the World Juniors when the clock hit 6:00PM.

This would be only the second game between Vancouver and Edmonton thus far in the season, but the first came just 11 days before. That time around, Bo Horvat effectively shut down Connor McDavid, the Canucks came away with a 4-2 win, and Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock whined to the media about non-existent infractions—so, it’s fair to say that the Oilers were out for revenge.

As always, the lineups were provided by Jeff Paterson on Twitter:

 

The Canucks made no changes to their lineup, but the lines themselves had a new look—including, of note, a brand new Connor McDavid-proof shutdown line of Loui Eriksson, Bo Horvat, and Jake Virtanen, who once did this:

 

1st Period 

With Vancouver on the road, the line-matching game would be much more difficult for coach Travis Green than it was the last time these teams met. As early evidence of that, Ken Hitchcock countered Horvat’s line on the opening faceoff with his grind line.

The early action was fast-paced but inconsequential, with the game’s first whistle not occurring until nearly four minutes into the period. Fortunately for the Canucks, that whistle was accompanied by a red light.

The goal was all Tyler Motte, as he forced a Milan Lucic turnover at the blueline and then got into shooting position in the high slot. Antoine Roussel immediately hit him with a well-placed backhand pass, and Motte made no mistake in snapping it past Mikko Koskinen a couple of strides later. It was the Canucks’ first shot of the game.

 

The Canucks made it two-for-two less than three minutes later, as Nikolay Goldobin made a great zone entry and chipped it to Elias Pettersson, who made a great pass to Brock Boeser, who made a great shot and beat Koskinen. The game was seven minutes old, the Canucks were up 2-0, and Koskinen had yet to make a save.

 

For the record, Koskinen did record his first save of the game about two minutes later after another round of offensive dazzle from Motte.

Ken Hitchcock was mildly vindicated when Loui Eriksson hooked Connor McDavid behind the net and the ref noticed, resulting in the Oilers’ first powerplay opportunity just past the halfway mark of the first period. To that point, the Canucks had killed 22 straight penalties, but they would not be able to extend the streak to 23.

After some strong play along the boards, Leon Draisaitl fed the puck to McDavid in the corner—but the puck was only on McDavid’s stick for a moment before he fired a perfect pass to an Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the slot. Jacob Markstrom didn’t have much of a chance on the lightning-quick cross-ice play, and the Oilers were on the board just fifteen seconds into the powerplay.

 

After a few minutes of back-and-forth play, Zack Kassian almost tied it with a low shot from the slot—courtesy of an unforced Derrick Pouliot turnover—but Jacob Markstrom denied him with a crisp kick save.

Pouliot earned some immediate redemption on his next shift, however, by feeding Goldobin a slick two-line pass, allowing Goldobin to make yet another zone entry with speed. Just like on the first goal, Goldobin hit Pettersson with a short pass, but this time around Pettersson changed things up by faking the pass to Boeser—and then deftly converting the fake into a snipe, sneaking it through Koskinen for his 18th goal of the season and a 3-1 lead with 1:12 remaining in the period.

 

And the Canucks weren’t finished quite yet.

With less than 11 seconds remaining, some dominant forechecking by Horvat and Jay Beagle resulted in the puck on Roussel’s stick in close, and he whacked it into the back of the net for the 4-1 lead. It was the fourth goal Koskinen had allowed on just six shots, and the merciful end of his night.

 

As always, Roussel cellied hard.

 

Intermission Highlight

Catching up on the Canada/Switzerland game and not having to listen to Doug MacLean thanks to the magic of PVR!

 

2nd Period 

Cam Talbot was in net for the Oilers as the second period opened—and Alex Chiasson wasn’t on the bench, meaning Edmonton was down a forward and down by three goals.

Bo Horvat got right back to work on the forecheck, but unfortunately Jake Virtanen was a little overzealous in joining him—resulting in an interference penalty and the Oilers’ second powerplay opportunity of the game. This time around, the PKers were equal to the task—and the Canucks started up another penalty-killing streak at square one.

Connor McDavid put the Oilers on his back once again and made a one-man zone entry/cross-ice play/attempt on net a minute later, but the puck went off the post and out.

McDavid was back at it again shortly thereafter, as Ben Hutton took a tripping penalty and put Edmonton on its third powerplay of the game. It took the Oilers just 18 seconds to score, with McDavid making a beautiful cross-zone pass through three PKers to setup Leon Draisaitl, who had miles to work with and made no mistake—cutting the Canucks’ lead to 4-2 and shutting down their penalty-killing streak once again.

 

Edmonton’s Captain Everything continued to be the center of attention after he elbowed and then mixed it up with Antoine Roussel in front of the benches as the period hit its halfway mark. Roussel was likely happy to take the tradeoff in coincidental penalties, but McDavid was the only player penalized and the Canucks went to their first powerplay of the game.

Despite the first unit taking up about 1:40 of the two-minute penalty, the Canucks were unable to generate any chances on the powerplay and the score remained 4-2. Vancouver was still stuck at just two shots with seven minutes left in the second period.

Jacob Markstrom received another stroke of good luck when Jesse Puljujarvi tipped a hard point shot off the post, but otherwise stood tall as the Oilers continued to pile on the shots. He stymied McDavid on a breakaway chance after a Pettersson turnover with three-and-a-half minutes remaining, he slammed the door on several other late chances, and he finished the period with 20 saves on 22 shots—and just 11 shots of support at the other end!

 

Intermission Highlight 

Noticing that—for the first time in recent memory—the Canucks might just have a more potent offense than the Canadian World Junior team.

 

3rd Period 

The Canucks began the third period under what were once rare circumstances, but are quickly becoming more and more familiar—guarding a multi-goal lead against a frustrated opponent. Vancouver came out looking like a team that had a two-goal advantage, but the Oilers didn’t really come out like a team in desperate need of a goal—it took them more than six-and-a-half minutes to record their first shot on goal.

Bo Horvat put on his best impression of Connor McDavid just past the five minute mark as he turned Matt Benning inside-out, but he was unable to regain control of the puck in time to put it past Cam Talbot.

Shortly thereafter, Jake Virtanen shotgunned McDavid into the Canucks’ bench with a solid check at the blueline, and McDavid—perhaps with bad memories of Penticton all those years ago—did not appear to be pleased. He and coach Ken Hitchcock were even less pleased when, on the next play, Ben Hutton got away with some borderline interference against McDavid in the neutral zone.

Then, Jacob Markstrom was the beneficiary of a puck off the crossbar, his third lucky post of the night, and the Edmonton frustrations continued to mount.

Virtanen forced a turnover at the blueline just ahead of the period’s halfway mark, but he was unable to convert on the subsequent two-on-one with Loui Eriksson. Seconds later, Eriksson went on another odd-man rush with Tyler Motte, but Talbot was equal to the task once again.

On the next shift, Adam Larsson accidentally-on-purpose punched Tyler Motte’s head into the ice, and Motte appeared to be injured but stayed on the bench. The chagrin of the impotent Oilers continued to show, with Leon Draisaitl taking a couple of shots at a bemused Elias Pettersson after a whistle.

Fortunately for the head injury-prone Canucks, there were no further shenanigans and the game ended without incident—except for one more solid pad save from Markstrom on McDavid with the net empty. Vancouver finished the game up 4-2 against Edmonton—the exact same score as their last matchup. The Oilers’ mission of revenge would have to wait until next year.

 

Wrap Up 

Statistically, the Vancouver Canucks did not have a great game. The Oilers put up 32 shots to their 20, and the possession numbers were even more heavily slanted in favour of Edmonton. Jacob Markstrom put together yet another excellent performance in a December that has been full of them, but the play of the defense in front of him made his excellence a necessity.

 

Once again, however, the Vancouver offense was there to support and compensate for the team’s defensive woes. The win returns the Canucks to .500 hockey with a record of 18-18-4 and—while the team’s current level of success doesn’t exactly read as sustainable—this continues to feel like a squad that can beat any opponent on any given night.

 

Advanced Stats

 

Gameflow from Canucks at Edmonton December 27, 2018 (Courtesy of naturalstattrick.com)

Heatmap from Canucks at Edmonton December 27, 2018 (Courtesy of naturalstattrick.com)

 

Top Performers 

Alex Edler

Edler’s name wasn’t mentioned once in this Post-Game Recap, yet he still earned the title of Top Performer after a quiet, efficient, and tough game that was primarily played against the Oilers’ best players. Edler played a ridiculous 25:51—most of which came against Connor McDavid—and finished with 11 hits, six blocked shots, and no penalties. This was Alex Edler at his absolute best.

Nikolay Goldobin

Elias Pettersson was his usual sparkling self tonight, but the offense seemed to flow primarily through Goldobin whenever the top line was on the ice. Goldobin made a number of fantastic zone entries that allowed Pettersson and Boeser to approach the net with speed, and he once again looked like the missing ingredient on the Canucks’ top line. Here’s hoping this two-assist performance keeps Goldobin stapled to Pettersson’s wing for the foreseeable future.

Jacob Markstrom

Markstrom has arguably been the Canucks’ best player in December, and his clinical performance on Thursday was just one more piece of evidence in his favour. Markstrom was under siege against the Oilers yet still managed to put up a .938 save percentage—and that included a number of magnificent saves on surefire scoring chances.

 

Next Game

The Canucks complete a two-stop tour of Alberta with a visit to Calgary on Saturday, December 29, with a start-time of 7:00PM PST on Hockey Night in Canada.

  • truthseeker

    It was argued well recently in an article here about the uselessness of the secondary assist but in the case of Boeser’s goal, Goldy’s secondary helper was essential. It’s times like that, that validate the secondary helper and I for one would not want to see the NHL get rid of it.

    Interesting to go onto the oiler site and see most of them whining like little babies about McDavid getting clutched and grabbed etc…and I do agree many should be penalties, but like the biased little…….s they are, none of them have the stones to be real men and admit they were doing the same thing to Pettersson the whole night. Biased fans disgust me. On all sides. Canuck fans included.

    Nothing wrong with playing the counter attack game as a strategy. Possession simply doesn’t matter if you can control the other team and where they shoot from and then capitalize on your chances the other way. Sure it’s more frustrating to watch because it feels like less “control” but if it works it works. The Italian soccer team made a successful living at it for decades, as boring as it was. The canucks did it better in that last game against the oil. This game looked a little more sloppy and the oil had some better chances. I’d rather the canucks try to push the pace while on the lead, but still, they gutted it out and were quality for this win.

    Tanev had a really strong game in my opinion. Looked great out their doing the usual Tanev things. Nice to see him jumping up in the rush a little more too. Goldy looked fantastic tonight. Maybe one of his best games? But really Beagle, Motte, and Roussel were fantastic.

    Good solid effort with excellent goal tending. Not much more to ask for.

    Oh….one Oiler I would love to have is Nurse. Can’t say I follow the Oil but that kid looks good.

      • truthseeker

        Very true. Pouliot had a pretty nice game from what I saw. Like the rest of the team he seems to be playing with much more confidence in the last few games. I don’t know if Pouliot will survive long term with this team, or if he’ll ever “put it all together” but it would be great if he could. When he flashes the stuff that makes him good it’s hard not to root for him.

        • jaybird43

          Ruthseeker, other than a couple of very nice passes, particularly the assist on the goal, Pouliot looked like a dumpster fire out there I thought. He was constantly hanging onto the puck too long (which worked out on the assist, I have to admit) , or slow to get to it, I thought he was the Canucks worst defenceman on the night, and it wasn’t even close.

          • Beer Can Boyd

            Agreed, and he’s been getting worse game by game. That one giveaway in the third when he just pushed the puck gently into the slot for the Oiler forward?? What on earth was he thinking, or not? Time for MDZ to get another shot. Pouliot has earned his trip to the press box.

          • truthseeker

            You’re over stating your case. He didn’t look that bad. And he wasn’t the only one to make a bad turnover. Boeser made an awful one in the second or third which led to a great oiler rush and scoring chance but I bet nobody remembers that one because his name is Boeser and Pouliot’s is Pouliot.

            Pouliot is far from perfect that’s for sure but he’s been playing much better in my opinion.

  • NeverWas

    Cant believe trader jim got skinned alive on that vanek deal….motte sucks and I would of way rather got that mid/late round draft pick than this seni-productive, NHL ready defensive work horse in motte.

    Another disaster move by dim jim… we gotta do the Oilers model and tank hard, everyone knows thats how you build a contender!!!

  • Copperfinch

    Maybe it’s just me, but I didn’t see Goldobin move his feet much at all….yet again.. like a wanna-be Henrik Sedin. Absolutely awful to watch. It’s no wonder he disappears when the big boys show up (Tampa, Winnipeg, Nashville). What’s worse is that we see Pettersson doing some of that now. Tyler Motte had a far superior game tonight. How did both Roger and SN missed that?

    Didn’t like Draisaitl picking on Pettersson. I thought that deserved some pushback from teammates. Where was Gudbranson, Hutton, Roussel? For that matter where was Green telling his boys to act? Brutal. I knew figured the “team toughness” was a mirage.

    Not a pretty win, but full value for the effort. The best Canucks were Markstrom, Motte, and the horseshoe buried under the Canucks’ net.

    Shotgun Jake clearly had too much turkey over the break. C’mon Mrs. Virtanen! You know better than that!

    • Kootenaydude

      If you were watching closely you would have seen that Petey was hooking Draisaitl by the ankles. It pissed him off and he rightfully let Petey know he wasn’t going to tolerate it. It was a “ get you stick out of my skates kid” shove, nothing more nothing less. I’m not an Oilers fan. Just a true unbiased opinion.

    • Green Bastard

      Haha, you get full value from your VPN masquerading your secret IDs. Subtle this time, but still reeks of the scruffy dwarf like creature that lives under a bridge acting tuff on goats.

    • TD

      Sorry, accidentally hit my touch screen and submitted early.

      The Canucks higher possession and shot numbers have been downplayed in the past when they have been behind as the other team was defending a lead. His seems to make sense. The Canucks obviously scored against the flow of play in the first, and yet their goals were all off good chances. I didn’t get a chance to watch the whole game, but this would seem to be a situation where they were defending more and trying to contain McDavid without last change with a two goal lead for most of the game.

  • NeverWas

    Love playing the Oilers simply to have a reason to use there comments section on oilernation. Whole city is on soowy watch right now.

    I thought petterssen got mauled just as much as McDavid did… one just complained a lot more and the other buried gino’s

    Additionally I think a 4-1 lead that early in the game would greatly skew any possession stats via scores effects… this is why shot generation/possession insights need to be only weighted heavily on larger sample sizes… not one game.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Though not a classic the Canucks showed character defeating a beatable team like EDM to start off their last 6g road trip of this season. The Beagle/Motte/Roussel line was the difference showing forward depth that the Oilers just don’t have. And Marky was very sound this evening. DAL won tonight keeping Vancouver 1 pt out of the last wildcard spot. Can they keep their mojo alive?

    • Bud Poile

      Roster decisions have to be conducted before they add Sutter,Stetcher or Baertschi back.
      “It’s getting to that point where we have some hard decisions to make, but we don’t have to make any right now.” Green
      via Ben Kuzma on Twitter

      • Nuck16

        Waive MDZ and Schaller…send Guadette down (he’s playing well enough to stay, but I think it would be beneficial to play in Utica for some games until the next injury). Could be time to test the market on Sutter…

        • Larionov18

          My thoughts exactly. Gaudette will only benefit by scoring on AHL goalies. Get some confidence. Gagner, Shaller and MDZ will all still get NHL money playing in the AHL

  • Nuck16

    What’s going on LASKID?? rebuilding and fresh off a 12 game losing streek and we’re still ahoud of your Oil in the standings. You guy must be nervous over there. Over hear we’re super contant happy with wins or losses…though that could we win a few more games. on this road trip.

  • DB1282

    from the Oilers blog, I had to laugh

    Jingle Bells, Oilers Smell
    Petey’s laid an egg
    The Katzmobile has lost its wheels
    And management’s lost their heads…..Oh!

  • Bud Poile

    Condolences to the Benning family after the passing of Elmer Benning,long-time scout of the Montreal Canadiens,Jim’s father and Matthew Benning’s grandfather.

  • TheRealPB

    Canucks deserved this one where they really didn’t play all that well after the Jets game that I thought was possibly their best of the season against a far superior team that we played a tight and disciplined style against. The Canucks are a rebuilding team with multiple young players gaining valuable experience — the Oilers just look like trash. The Oilers don’t need to look past the Islanders to see what happens if you surround a top tier player with no support for years (though Tavares is not generational like McDavid).

    Also, I love Pettersson, but we really should cut it with the comparisons to McDavid. That is unfair to EP; McDavid is the kind of player I’ve only seen maybe twice before (Gretzky and Lemieux) and even better than Crosby. It’s more than enough to be an amazing player as EP is.

    • truthseeker

      McDavid is a great player but 99 and 66? Sorry, but can’t agree with you there. McDavid has shown nowhere near the separation from his competition that those guys did. Yes it’s early but personally I don’t think he’s shown that he’s any better than Crosby at this point. Plenty of other guys scoring at his rate or better this season and even when he won the scoring title it wasn’t by much. To me so far, McDavid is exaclty Crosby, and both of them are today’s version of Sakic, or Yzerman or guys like that. I think you’re getting a bit carried away by putting McDavid up with 99 and 66. In the same way you think people are getting carried away with putting EP at the top of the league.

      • Flint

        McDavid undoubtably is great but even comparing him to Crosby…. McD is 106/310 in 245games. Crosby was 114/344 in 245games. That’s 1,4PPG for Crosby vs 1,27 for McDavid. They have very similar possession metrics and almost identical zone starts. CF%Rel slightly favors Sid. Sid destroys Connor in Faceoff stats (put as much importance in that as you will)

        As well, Sid had also won a Hart, Lindsey and Art Ross in the same period, but he won a cup in his forth year which is something Connor won’t do.

        Few of those last details in isolation mean a lot but other than being hella fast I see no argument that Connor is the better player through his first 245games than Crosby. In fact, the opposite is becoming more and more clear.

        • Tedchinook

          But you have to factor in how much better the Penguins were that the Oilers. They went to the Cup Final in Crosby’s second year and won in his third. And while he was definitely a factor in that record he was surrounded by better players on a much better managed team.

          I wouldn’t go as far as comparing him to Gretzky or Lemieux but a guy with his wheels and skills would have put up a ton of points in the 80’s. And I’m far from an Oilers fan but McDavid is exceptional.

          • Beer Can Boyd

            Totally. The Oilers are a really really bad team, and without McDavid they would undoubtably have the worst record in the NHL. Draisaitl is overpaid and overrated, plays no defence. And they are stuck with that contract forever. Nuge is a decent player, but will never live up to the first overall pick status. The rest of the team is just terrible. Canucks will be in a lot tougher in Calgary on Saturday night.

      • TD

        McDavidnis excellent, but not proving to be in the same league as Gretzky or Lemieux. Maybe similar to Jagr who won 6 straight scoring titles.

        Crosby is a more complete player. He is like Bergeron and Datsuyk, more concerned with winning than points.

      • Me

        Yeah, I think he let the “generational player” buzz go to his head. He gets way too emotional and it sidelines his game.

        Admittedly I only see him when the Oil plays the nucks, but he seems pretty one-dimensional. He’s great off the rush, blazing speed, really good shot, but beyond that he’s just mid-high level first liner, nothing “special” from what I’ve seen.

        I think he’s just peaking really young.

        Petey on the other hand has room to grow. The After Hours interview was enlightening, especially his comment on why he won hardest slap shot on the team. Basically his slap shot/one timers sucked three years ago (according to him) so he busted his ass on them as he saw it as a hole in his game. Now he’s among the best in the league (if not THE best in the league at one timers). A player like that still has room to grow.

  • Killer Marmot

    Motte is coming alive.

    He’s gotten 10 points in the last 22 games, half of them goals. This while playing on bottom-six lines with bottom-six minutes, and specializing on the PK rather than the PP.

    And this for a few months of Vanek’s services.

      • Kootenaydude

        Actually there’s a big difference between these two teams. The Canucks never give up and roll three lines pretty consistently. Canucks also have veterans in key positions. The Oilers were behind and came out flat in the third. The McDavid line plays the whole game while the rest of the team sits on the bench. Their veterans suck. Nurse was the best Oiler last night.

        • canuckfan

          Ever since McDavid signed his big contract just after there playoff games the Oilers have been bad. Everyone thought after their performance, which in my mind was fun to watch even from someone who has never liked the Oilers. I have no real reason to hate the Oilers except that they are the Oilers. Edmonton and Toronto were going to be the next biggest teams to meet head to head in the finals but the Oilers have dropped as much as the price of Oil. Glad to see the Canucks playing so well.

    • Nuck16

      After Canucks built that lead, then went into shutdown mode, so not an overly exciting game to watch the last half, but it was great to see they were able to lock it down in the 3rd. The gave up a few nice chances but nothing Marky wasn’t capable of setting aside, givin his new status of Stud.

    • truthseeker

      Only if you believe corsi matters. It’s funny how every single year writers (I’m thinking Lambert on yahoo being the worst one) whine and complain about some low corsi team(s) that are doing well, and they’ll all say “it’s not sustainable” but then said low corsi team(s) finishes well and makes a deep playoff run. And in the case of the Caps last season….well…we all know how that worked out.

      But hey…I’m sure those numbers will “set in” over the course of a ten year span and Ovi and his team will be put back in their places, thus proving the brilliance of the possession stat lovers.

      And no…that’s not cherry picking. Once again, I ran a linear regression model of corsi, corsi 5v5 and corsi close vs points in the standings (17/18) and the best r2 number I got back was I think .18 I’m to lazy to run it for any other single season but I’m willing to pretty much guarantee it’s not going to look much different.

      If corsi only starts showing significant correlative numbers over multi year spans, like 10 years or whatever..then it’s pretty much a useless stat. At least in terms of judging team success. Last I checked…there is no trophy for best 10 year team.

  • Beer Can Boyd

    Watching the Juniors last night. Cody Glass will probably be a decent NHL player, but he will never be EP. Benning got the best player in the draft with the 5th pick. That is impressive.

    • petey 40

      Way too early to come out with a crass statement like this.

      Let’s not forget Nico Hischier is already in his second year in the league and had a stellar rookie campaign. Heiskanen is also a stud NHL rookie on D which will likely serve Dallas well in years too come. I would say EP ‘looks’ like a top three/four pick so far though, but let’s pump the brakes a bit.

          • Matty T

            Bingo…

            ” The Canucks need players that can contribute out of the gate, particularly on D. I would take Liljegren or Heiskanen. Glass or Vilardi if they go for the future. Hopefully it’s a player that is close to NHL ready come September” – Bud Poile pre draft 2017/06/21

            Could you explain and clarify for us U-Bud… ???????

          • Bud Poile

            You’ve been banned three times ,already,haven’t you PQW?
            The day Petey was selected by the Canucks Pheenster summed you up:
            ” Wipe the drool off your chin PQW, you’re embarrassing yourself.”

          • Matty T

            Still waiting for the explanation of WHY you insisted on Glass and Vilardi with NO mention of ‘petey’ and also told us we need NHL players out the gate like Tim and Miro… could you clarify that for us??

            Waiting…

      • Green Bastard

        Petty, Matty, Miss Burr, PQW…. you were also obessessing on Caseys jock, just like you pant over Bud. Zero pull up Casey will NOT compete with Elias for ROTY, will he? Or Glass? Waiting …..

    • Locust

      No doubt Beer Can – Benning hit multiple grand slams with that pick.
      EP still needs to be mentored and helped so that he matures into an all around great guy who happens to be a fantastic hockey player. I think the Canucks have the people in place (management and players) to make that happen. It has been awhile but the future is bright in Canuckland.

      • Freud

        Correction. Brackett hit a home run with the pick.

        It’s on record Benning was opposed to the pick and Brackett and his team had to do a massive sales job to convince Benning.

        The accidental rebuild continued….

        • Matty T

          Let’s also remember that Benning desperately wanted to give Boston the Brock Boeser pick to sweeten the pot for procuring the services of his golden boy… Mr Milan Lucic…

        • Bud Poile

          Here I thought Brackett was employed by the Canucks.
          Wasn’t he the one Benning hand picked to direct amateur scouting?
          I’m confused like I’m being trolled by a relentless Benning hater.

          In the case of Pettersson, it was far from a one-man show.
          “Scouting is a group effort for us,” Brackett said. “We have Inge Hammarstrom over there and Thomas [Gradin] traveled there, but Elias played in the U20 tournament in November…and we had plenty of guys that cross over to Sweden. So, there’s no one person that drafts. If there’s a player we like, we have long discussions about that player. It’s definitely a group effort when we find someone special like Pettersson.”

          https://www.vancourier.com/pass-it-to-bulis/for-the-canucks-judd-brackett-scouting-and-drafting-are-a-collaborative-effort-1.23144857

          • Matty T

            Thankfully though, you will never be part of that ‘draft team’ hey…

            “Excellent player selection from the Benning team. Welcome to Vancouver,Olli” !!! – Bud Poile after the Juolevi pick 2017

            and why are you obsessed with ‘petey’.. when you want him gone?

            “I want to see Elias recover as fully as possible and then preferably spend another year back in Sweden or the AHL. Elias’ health and future has been compromised. Once your brain is injured there is no going back to mending it.” Bud Poile 2018

            Could you clarify those comments for us U-Bud???

        • canuckfan

          Canucks have a management team who are making some pretty good decisions. They debate the choices listening to each others opinions and then making a decision. That is how it is done credit needs to go to Benning on his management style. He works well with Green listening to his teams needs and going out and filling them.
          Lets see how the team looks with the injured players now being healthing and getting back into the lineup. Stetcher, Sven, and Sutter are all quality players look forward to the rest of the road trip if they come out on the positive side Canucks could be in the hunt with the Oilers being the ones dropping. Injuries will be hard to overcome and could be used as excuse for Edmonton but their fans will be looking for heads to roll from the coach to the general manager.

  • Rodeobill

    One thing I really liked this game was how green arranged the lines. Jake with Bo looks good, they both are good off the rush, and with Eriksson play 200ft well. That 4th line should stick together more too.

  • Rodeobill

    Here’s an interesting thought, although we haven’t had luck in the draft lottery, It could be argued that we have drafted the best player not only in that draft, but in the last few. Since the Matthews draft, can you think on one player you would rather have drafted?

      • truthseeker

        To soon to know. Rasmus Dahlin is already looking very good. An 18 year old D man with 20 points in 38 games? That’s pretty impressive. As impressive as what EP is doing.

        A “franchise center” or a “franchise D man” are both at the top of the want list in my books so an argument could be easily made on either of them.