How many cups would the Canucks have if GMMG signed Marian Hossa instead of Mats Sundin?
— will yan (@thewillhouse) February 3, 2019
This is an interesting question. The effect of signing Hossa probably makes the Canucks better, assuming hey don’t have to jettison any of their core players to get the team under the cap; but more importantly, it keeps him off those Chicago Blackhawks teams that were a thorn in the Canucks’ side for years. With Hossa on the side of the good guys, maybe they make it past the Hawks more than once in three years and make to a Cup Final earlier than 2011.
I know it’s an anticlimactic answer, but my guess would be that things would be more or less the same. Maybe they can eke out one more win against the Bruins in 2011, but if Dan Hamhuis and Manny Malhotra are still injured, I doubt he’d be enough to change history.
Why was Gudbranson taken 3rd overall if he is such an ineffective defenseman? Was he drafted for a slower NHL and is suffering in the quicker game? Or was it just an overreach to draft him so high?
— HmansOwn (@greenschoolbus) February 3, 2019
Drafting Erik Gudbranson at third overall was always going to be a massive reach, but it was also much more likely to go unquestioned nine years ago than it is today. He wasn’t the only big, low-scoring defenseman to be picked early in the first round that year, either. Dylan McIllrath and Derek Forbort were both 6’5″ and scored less than 0.6 points per game in their draft years.
Teams have really only figured out the draft in the past 10 or 15 years, and only discovered that you shouldn’t draft low-scoring defensemen in the first round in the last five. Most drafts of the mid-to-late aughts had a guy or two like Erik Gudbranson. Keaton Ellerby, Jarred Tinordi, and Luke Schenn are a few others who spring to mind.
Is there any validity on the point about trading Guddy in that it will cause a lack of “protection” for EP? Is loosing Guddy’s intangibles a genuine concern without them being directly replaced by the return?
— Carlis (@Carbro26nuckler) February 3, 2019
Elias Pettersson has already been hurt twice this season, and having Gudbranson in the lineup was not enough to act as a deterrant in either of Mike Matheson or Jesperi Kotkaniemi incidents. He also just doesn’t fight that much anyway, largely because no one really does anymore. I wrote at length about this topic earlier this year, and I think I made it pretty clear that I don’t really believe icing an enforcer-type really does anything to prevent injury or protect your star players. Even if it did, I certainly wouldn’t pay $4 million dollars a year and take up one of my six slots on defense for the privilege of having a knuckle-chucker in the lineup.
Price to acquire nic petan?
— Danno (@8danno4) February 3, 2019
I can’t imagine it would be much more than what it cost them to acquire a player like Brendan Leipsic or Josh Leivo. The Jets are at the stage in their life cycle where depth is more important than potential, so perhaps they could be convinced to take a player like Tim Schaller or Tanner Kero in return. I think the jury is probably out on Petan, but he’d still be worthwhile buy-low candidate for the Canucks, especially if the rumours that they want to move on from Nikolay Goldobin are true.
What do the Canucks do if Markstrom continues his strong play into next season? Trade him at deadline? Trade Demko for a haul? Keep both and lose Markstrom in off-season?
— Dustin Leduc (@BigDuke78) February 3, 2019
It’s going to depend on what stage Thatcher Demko is at in his development. People are eager to point to Carter Hart when they talk about Demko’s future, but the truth is that until he gets some games in he remains a largely unknown commodity.
If they still aren’t sure what they have in Demko by next spring they could do worse than re-signing Markstrom, as long as they aren’t giving up too much money or term. If he keeps up his strong play, I’d be curious to see what you could get for him at the deadline next year, but Demko would have to come a long way between now and then for them to even entertain that idea.
Are there any advantages to playing your top forward line with your worst defensive pairing?
— bryce anderson (@Paciflik) February 3, 2019
It might boost the numbers of one of the defenders, making him more attractive on the trade market? That’s the best I can come up with.
What happens with gubranson after this season? Traded? Bought out? Anything?
— EliasisElite (@darrenfromns) February 3, 2019
My instinct is that this is the closest he’s ever been to being traded. The issue is that the Canucks thought a second and a fourth-round pick was not a significant enough return to justify trading him last season, and I doubt his new contract has helped his value increase since then. Unless the rumour mill starts to pick up over the next week, I think we should start preparing ourselves for the possibility that they come back with largely the same defense as last year.
Is it just me, or is Jett Woo having an encouraging D+1 season?
— Fred P (@Meerschaum529) February 3, 2019
It’s not just you. Woo looked like a decent pick at the time, the type of prospect with a decent shot at becoming an NHL regular but with limited offensive upside. The hope was that with an increased role this year, his offensive game would blossom and he’d look like the kind of player that could be a big part of this team’s future. What’s happened since then can only be described as the best-case scenario. He’s up to 46 points in 45 games and has jumped to the top of the Canucks’ defensive prospect rankings behind only Quinn Hughes and Olli Juolevi.
What will Shotgun Jakes final goal output be at season end?
— FlyingVs (@ImUrHucklbrry) February 3, 2019
He’s on pace for 17-18 goals at the moment, and he could get there if he can spend some time away from Brandon Sutter, who has not been good linemate for him in terms of helping him produce offense. If he stays on that third line for the rest of the season, that number will probably be closer to 15.
Why do the Canucks do such stupid things sometimes. EP is perfect as is, why try to change him?
— Ryan Little (@rLittle67) February 4, 2019
I don’t think you can pin the attempt to sand down the edges of Pettersson’s personality solely on the Canucks. The NHL has a long history of fans, media, executives, and even other players taking umbrage when anyone gives off the impression that they might be more than a mindless, soulless hockey automaton. I have neither the time nor the desire to dissect why that is, but it extends far beyond the Canucks’ front office and it seems unfair to single them out for it.
The culture is changing, though. The new generation of NHL players appears to be more willing to break from the past and do things differently. My impression of Pettersson is that he’ll try his best not to ruffle too many feathers, but he can’t help being himself. Even if we don’t see the death stare anymore, I doubt there’s any real danger of him spouting “110%” cliches any time soon.