Does Ryan Miller make the Canucks a better hockey team?

#185150672 / gettyimages.com I’ve started a new job, and people have gradually begun to learn what I did with my old one, which is analyze and write about hockey. A few co-workers have asked why it is I’m not as keen on the Ryan Miller signing as others, and I think that the answer goes…

Canucks take Jared McCann at 24

#453785873 / gettyimages.com Not that I have a problem with Jake Virtanen or Jared McCann as hockey players, but it does bug me that the team has essentially become a public relations firm, eschewing more talented players on the board in favour of more marketable Canadian guys to try and mend the fences broken by…

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Draft Day! Final rankings and other things you should read

#171991211 / gettyimages.com Hi team. The house of commons that is our comments section has been yelling at me for the last two weeks to release the full Canucks Army prospect rankings. In an act of transparency, I am kowtowing to the wishes of the public before I’m subpoenaed. This is our first time doing…

Gino Odjick terminally ill: pens letter to Canuck fans and teammates

This is sad. We’ve been worried about Gino Odjick’s health from some time now, but the legendary Canuck tough guy confirmed by way of a letter published by the team website that he’s been diagnosed with a terminal disease called AL amyloidosis, causing the body’s antibody-producing cells to not function properly. Per Odjick, he could…

Canucks Army draft prospect profile #1 – Sam Reinhart

#459322695 / gettyimages.com Was the big reveal for our No. 1 prospect dramatic? Heck no. While the competition for 3, 4 and 5 came down to single votes, Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice steamrolled everybody, our unanimous No. 1 prospect with his name showing up first on every ballot. So what do we know…

Canucks Army draft prospect profile #2 – Sam Bennett

#494906967 / gettyimages.com The funniest thing to come out of the Draft Combine was the news that Sam Bennett couldn’t do a single pull-up. Behind him in the above photo are scouts who have a) can probably not do a pull-up either and b) didn’t score nearly two points per game in the OHL during…

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Canucks Army draft prospect profile #3 – William Nylander

via SHL The scenarios I’m devising to which William Nylander falls to the Vancouver Canucks are much like an England fan devises ways the Three Lions could advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing both their first two games. “Well, you get the two Sams off the board, and also Aaron…

Canucks Army draft prospect profile #4 – Aaron Ekblad

#168413960 / gettyimages.com The crop of defencemen taken in the first five picks of the draft since 2005 include Jack and Erik Johnson, Thomas Hickey, Karl Alzner, Drew Doughty, Zach Bogosian, Alex Pietrangelo, Luke Schenn, Victor Hedman, Erik Gudbranson and Adam Larsson, and what makes Aaron Ekblad such a controversial choice to be selected high…

Canucks Army draft prospect profile #5 – Leon Draisaitl

#488549195 / gettyimages.com Over the weekend, our dear friend(s?) from Extra Skater added in some CHL fancystats. While I like stats as much as anybody, I’m still a little iffy on whether we can trust some of the time on ice and quality of competition estimates given by those numbers, so I’m not going to…

Canucks Army draft prospect profile #6 – Michael Dal Colle

#156528997 / gettyimages.com Please direct your attention to the following Jim Benning quote: “I like this draft class, y’know, the top six players I really like.” Well isn’t that just remarkably convenient? The Canucks have the sixth pick, and the general manager is out there saying that there are six quality players in the draft!…

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Canucks Army draft prospect profile #7 – Nikolaj Ehlers

Coincidentally, today’s prospect preview revolves around the guy who was hyped up by Rhys yesterday. I learned so much from that profile that I’m kicking myself for actually having Nikolaj Ehlers ranked so friggin’ low on my own ballot. It’s not that I didn’t think Ehlers was a guy worthy of drafting (especially compared to…