If Cull is done in Utica, who is a likely replacement? And when AHL coaches are hired, is it done with an eye towards developing prospects, winning in AHL or a potential NHL replacement for the current coach?
— Steve Conelley (@steveconelley) May 27, 2019
First of all, the Canucks have planted their flag in the sand with regards to Trent Cull. He’s received a full vote of confidence from the organization. I think the Comets’ outlook would have to improve significantly next season for him to return in 2020-2021, but he’s safe for the time being.
As far as who might be a potential replacement, it’s difficult enough to predict who will get hired at the NHL level, let alone in the minors. I’m assuming in this scenario, the team has cleaned house, since it seems like Cull and the current front office are a package deal at this point. If the Canucks decide to go in a more progressive direction with their next GM hire, I would advocate for Rikard Gronborg to get the Comets’ coaching gig. For whatever reason, there doesn’t seem to be an NHL team that’s willing to hire him right now, but if he’d be willing to come overseas to be the coach-in-waiting for the Canucks that would be quite the coup for the the organization. I can’t speak to the likelihood of this situation unfolding, though.
As far as what NHL teams are looking for in an AHL coach is concerned, I would speculate that the average NHL GM is inclined to believe that winning, developing, and being a strong candidate for a future NHL coaching gig all go hand-in-hand. Since winning is ultimately the goal, most people who work in hockey seem to be of the belief that losing is detrimental to development, even if it’s in service of getting your young players more ice-time. I’m not sure if I agree, but I find it hard to fault anyone for that belief. Even at lower levels, I think hockey culture would have to go through some major changes for winning to take a back seat to anything else- even in the short-term.
Canucks have 5 centres who want to play. 40, 53, 20, 88, 83. Watcha gonna do?
— grouchy guy (@guy_grouchy) May 27, 2019
At this point the only real option the team is going to consider if all five players are on the roster to start the year is to send Gaudette down to the minors. Doing so would be sure to attract a lot of criticism, but they aren’t going to bury Jay Beagle or Brandon Sutter’s contracts in the minors, so it’s the only realistic outcome.
Eventually, they’ll have to make a trade if Gaudette forces their hand, but so far I haven’t heard so much as the slightest rumbling that the Canucks are shopping any of their centres. I think the most likely player among that group to get traded is Brandon Sutter, but until I hear from a reputable source that the Canucks are shopping him I won’t be holding my breath.
Who do you like between Krebs, Boldy, Zegras, Newhook, Caulfield?
— Brendan Morrison's Lisp (@morrisonslisp) May 27, 2019
Boldy is probably the safest bet, Caulfield and Newhook have the highest upside, while Krebs probably has the best risk/reward ratio. I would stay away from Zegras in the top ten, I’m not convinced he has the hockey sense to translate his game to the next level. Gun to my head, I’d take Krebs, but it’s very close.
Also, when are you going to start amplifying women?
— Brendan Morrison's Lisp (@morrisonslisp) May 27, 2019
Look, man, two thirds of Roxy Fever have potato-quality audio right now. I’m not throwing guests into the mix until we get things figured out with them first. We only have two guests planned right now, but I promise their both women. We haven’t forgotten our roots an I’m very excited to get the Women Amplifier out of the closet the first chance I get.
How bad will the new jerseys be?
— Kelly Hubbard (@ktccoach) May 27, 2019
Based on the leak, they look fine. I’ve personally been of the opinion that the old jerseys were fine, too. I don’t really feel strongly one way or the other. Call me when they decide to bring the skate back.
Would you pay 150 for a draft ticket?
— mike higashi (@hirokidude) May 27, 2019
It’s rare I would shell out that kind of money to go to a game, let alone to watch a bunch of sweaty old guys call out a bunch of names.
#10 pick for Noah Dobson, who says no?
— Csindell (@Csindell1) May 27, 2019
Certainly not myself. I feel much more strongly about Noah Dobson as a prospect than any of the defenders available at ten, so I’d be willing to make that deal, assuming a defenders is what the team is after. I think it’s highly unlikely to occur, though. Teams tend to overvalue their assets and I doubt either of the Islanders or Canucks would walk away from that deal feeling like winners.
Near the end of last year Petey said that he wanted to be faster…..we know he will be but how much faster do you think he will be: McDavid-lite….McDavid….or McDavid who?
— Terry Jacks (@CrushinIce) May 27, 2019
I think expected that kind of improvement in Pettersson’s speed would be a recipe for disappointment, but after the rookie season he had and how much he was able to improve his shot in just a year, I wouldn’t put anything past him. If he wants to be faster this fall, he’ll be faster. I can’t say by how much, but I’d bet on at least a minor improvement.
Why does nobody ever factor in the possibility of Luongo retiring and banging the Canucks in a big spot in a couple years when talking about spending the Canucks cap space 🤔
— CptnCanuck1! (@CCanuck1) May 27, 2019
I feel like this actually gets mentioned fairly often, but the reason it doesn’t draw a lot of attention is just because we’ve never seen it happen. Players always seem to just end up on LTIR and I doubt the Panthers have any vested interested in screwing over the Canucks’ cap.
RFAs. keep one, trade one, walk from one.
Goldobin, Granlund, Hutton
— MJ (@MJVanCity) May 27, 2019
Keep: Goldobin. He has the highest upside of the three players and likely won’t fetch much on the trade market. If I’m the Canucks GM, the last thing I’d want is to see him put it together somewhere else while the Canucks continue to struggle to find secondary scoring.
Trade: Ben Hutton. He’s going to get a significant raise that probably isn’t in line with what he provides on a nightly basis, and he can probably get a half-decent return from the right team. While the Canucks could obviously use the help on the back end, Quinn Hughes will help them out enough to justify moving on.
Ditch: Markus Granlund. I think it’s safe to say if most people don’t remember a player is on the roster of their favourite team, they won’t miss him when he’s gone.
Of Broberg, soderstrom, or Seider – who do you like most. Or is it York or another d-man?
— Cat Smith (@catnuck) May 27, 2019
I prefer Soderstrom out of those players, but to be honest, there really isn’t another defender in this draft that has made a strong enough case to be considered the clear #2 behind Bowen Byram. If I’m the Canucks, I pass on taking a D with the 10th pick and swing for the fences on the forward with highest upside available.
Vegas needs cap space. What kind of assets could the Canucks pull to take on the last yr of Clarksons contract? Or even a bigger deal that brought in Colin Miller as well
— Josh Crawford (@joshcrawford93) May 27, 2019
It’s rare for these kinds of deals to yield a significant return for the team taking back salary. The Canucks could probably get a third or fourth rounder or a B prospect in return, or maybe an underperforming AHL/NHL tweener with upside. That would still be a wise move for them, but not exactly a headline-grabber. Unless Vegas is willing to take back some salary as well, I don’t think Miller and Clarkson will be moved together.
How will the NHL's new tracking technology, unveiled at the all star game, and in place starting this season, affect advanced stats?
— Deedlbug53 (@deedlbug53) May 27, 2019
Overall, once the dust settles, tracking technology will only improve the knowledge and data available in the public sphere. Initially, I would expect there to be a lot of noise, and a lot of misguided analysis. Broadcasters will love it, and probably make a lot asinine observations as a result. Overall, I’m very excited. The discourse around analytics has stagnated and most of the analysis that’s available right now lacks the urgency and willingness to think outside the box that we saw from much of the blogosphere from about 2013-2016. For the most part, everyone has picked a side now and there’s not a lot of fighting anymore. I want to see chaos reign supreme again, if only for a little while.
What's a better experience: Draft Party or attending the NHL Draft? I waited months for the opportunity to buy Draft tickets on May 23rd, only to be denied.
— Tommy Spence (@tspence81) May 27, 2019
I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that the party will be more fun. The Draft is certainly interesting from a hockey nerd perspective, but not a lot actually happens. It’s more engaging to hang out with some friends and watch the fans react in real time than it is to stand in a crowded auditorium and wait for 31 men in suits to thank the fans, congratulate the Cup champs, and finally get to making their selection. It’s also much more socially acceptable to be drunk at a bar watching the draft than in the stands, within earshot of the friends and loved ones of the players that are being selected.