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Postgame: Canucks lose Alex Edler but earn 2 points against Capitals

Put to the test against the best team the NHL has to offer, a young Canucks team earned a 2-1 shootout victory. This game was a reminder of the intentions of Vancouver’s front office when they acquired JT Miller: to add experience to their forward group and get the team back into the postseason by…

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Postgame: Canucks left seeing Stars, Lose 6-1

Up against one of the hottest teams in the NHL, the Canucks were flat-footed and sloppy. Their breakouts were poorly executed and led to all three defensive pairings seeing new combinations. Vancouver’s play through center ice did not fare any better as the Stars were able to suffocate most of the team’s rushes as the…

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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – November 17, 2019

This week Vasili Podkolzin and Russia faced off against Jett Woo and Carson Focht in the CIBC Canada Russia Series, Tyler Madden and Northeastern had a big week, and Petrus Palmu continues to put up points in Liiga. CHL Jett Woo and Carson Focht played in the CIBC Canada Russia series this week. Neither registered…

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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – November 9, 2019

It was a big week for Canucks prospects as there are international tournaments happening, NCAA multi-point games, and solid goaltending in the AHL. Let’s get right into it! CHL Jett Woo continues to be relied upon heavily by the Hitmen in all situations. I’m hoping to catch some of his games soon to see how…

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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – November 3, 2019

It’s November which means that play is now underway in every league and conference that Canucks prospects are playing in. This week, Harvard opened their season against Dartmouth, where another young defenceman is showing dynamic talent on the blueline, a goalie in the OHL is continuing his hot start, and Utica’s hot start finally came…

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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – October 27, 2019

In this week’s Blackfish report, Tyler Madden is going for the Cy Young award, first impressions of Jack Malone, a couple of Finnish prospects get on the board, and Nils Hoglander makes his return. Plus, some insight on a certain AHL defender from CanucksArmy’s Cory Hergott. Let’s do that prospect coverage! CHL Jett Woo had…

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The Case for Jake Virtanen on Horvat’s Wing

Bo Horvat is coming off a a road trip worthy of a captain. After being held scoreless for the first five games of the season, he netted five crucial goals in three road victories against the Blues, Rangers, and Red Wings. His first of the year came off a mad scramble in the crease just…

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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – October 20, 2019

Another week, another edition of Blackfish, your weekly Canucks prospect report! Thank you all for your feedback last week. I’ve added players’ ages as well as some requested prospects that I left out. As always, let me know how I can improve these posts! It was a big week for the Utica Comets as they…

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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – October 13, 2019

Welcome back to Blackfish, CanucksArmy’s weekly prospect report! Over the years of reading the site, this series has been a favourite of mine and I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to carry on the torch. That having been said, I am still fairly new to this writing thing, so any feedback would…

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Quinn Hughes could be the key to unlocking Tyler Myers’ power play potential

The modern NHL power play has gradually shifted away from the traditional two defencemen set up, transitioning towards the four-forward formation that is most common today. Dailyfaceoff.com displays two power play units for each of the 31 NHL teams. Of those 62 units, just 20 are formed with two defencemen. Only two of the league’s…

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Will Vancouver’s blue line additions result in fewer goals against?

One of the biggest questions going into the Vancouver’s offseason was how Jim Benning would address the blue line. Having stayed relatively static for the past 2 seasons, it was clear that something would need to change if the team that allowed the 10th most goals over that time had any hopes of taking the…