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The Tape: Quinn Hughes is an All-star Manipulator

Like waves crashing against the shores of Spanish Banks, Michael Ferland persistently laid bodycheck after bodycheck on Vancouver’s 2015 defence corp to great effect. In addition to the mental toll that the Calgary forward’s physical game evoked, a glaring weakness in Vancouver’s blue line was exposed. The group could not transport the puck fast enough…

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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – January 19, 2020

With the hockey season approaching the three-quarters mark, Vancouver’s prospects have been keeping busy. Will Lockwood and the University of Michigan had a fantastic week, a Russian prospect is seeing an increase in ice-time, and the Utica Comets are on a tear. Let’s get right into it. CHL Jett Woo cooled off this week notching…

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Regression and Ice-Time: Analyzing Bo Horvat’s Dominant January

For Bo Horvat, personal accolades are a reflection of his team’s success. Goals and assists are always a nice touch, but the ultimate statistics that Horvat worries about are found in the win and loss column. Such is the weight of being an NHL captain in a rabid Canadian market starved of success. The pressure…

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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – January 11, 2020

A couple of Canucks prospects have started 2020 off on the right foot. Jett Woo is putting up points in an expanded role, Nils Hoglander is building off his World Juniors dominance now that he’s back, in the SHL and Brogan Rafferty is still atop the AHL scoring list for defenders. CHL Jett Woo assisted…

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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – January 5, 2020

Welcome to the first Blackfish of 2020! Jett Woo is heating up in Calgary, a trio of NCAA prospects had themselves a strong week, and there is plenty to cover over at the World Junior Championships. CHL Jett Woo is currently riding a 4-game point streak which includes a goal and 4 assists. He has…

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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – December 29, 2019

Happy World Juniors! There’s a lot to talk about this week as the CHL returned to game action, a Swedish prospect is on loan, and the Utica Comets won their 2 games. CHL Jett Woo and the Hitmen returned to action this week playing 2 games. Woo scored this power-play goal, his second of the…

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Vasili Podkolzin and Nils Hoglander Shine in Day 1 of the World Junior Championships

Vasili Podkolzin In the Russian winger’s second go-round at the WJC, Podkolzin has been trusted with a pivotal role in Russia’s forward group. Not only is he wearing an ‘A’ while playing in the top-six, but he is also logging big minutes on Russia’s first-unit power-play mixed in with penalty-killing duties. Vancouver’s most recent first-round…

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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – December 16, 2019

It was a quiet week for Canucks prospects as many teams are already on their winter breaks. However, Aidan McDonough and Northeastern made some noise this week and Kole Lind and the Utica Comets went 2-2. CHL Carson Focht scored against Lethbridge while registering 7 shots on net. Carson Focht with a goal and 7…