Canucks Army draft prospect profile #8 – Robby Fabbri

#153209941 / gettyimages.com In yesterday’s profile of Kasperi Kapanen, commenter JJ-T stated that “let’s go with your pick [Kapanen] and see how we do against the Boston’s [sic], LA’s [sic] etc. [sic], you know, the cup contending type of teams. I do believe we’re in the bottom percentile when it comes to size, no?” I…

Shawn Thornton open to joining Canucks?

#466871769 / gettyimages.com It’s incredible how Shawn Thornton has become one of the most overrated players in hockey. The news that the Boston Bruins won’t re-sign the beloved enforcer, who has averaged fewer than five goals per 82 games over his 11-year career including playoffs, shook the hockey media Tuesday.

Canucks Army draft prospect profile #9 – Kasperi Kapanen

#137543032 / gettyimages.com The first sentence of Kasperi Kapanen’s Wikipedia entry is “Kasperi Kapanen is a Finnish ice hockey player.” Generally, that’s enough to make me actually want a player. I don’t think the Canucks have ever played a Finnish player that I disliked, from Jyrki Lumme and Esa Tikkanen in the 1990s to Jarkko…

Canucks Army draft prospect profile #10 – Kevin Fiala

#489742079 / gettyimages.com Our Top 10 draft prospects begins with a little guy out of Switzerland named Kevin Fiala, whose name has risen in draft circles since the midterm. He leapt from 11th to 3rd among European skaters in the Central Scouting rankings, and ESPN prospects guru Corey Pronman had Fiala ranked 6th overall, which…

Canucks Army Draft Profiles: Prospects 11-15 and Honourable Mentions

#478008977 / gettyimages.com So the playoffs are winding down and a Stanley Cup champion could be determined tonight, which is excellent news for teams that did not perform particularly well last season. While not being in the postseason for the first time in six years was kind of a drag, fans of the Vancouver Canucks…

Where hockey’s new numbers get it wrong

#478511567 / gettyimages.com Like a lot of people, I’ve become increasingly concerned with the importance placed on several of these newfangled stats that take away from my enjoyment of the NHL game. Hockey was a better sport before all the bookkeepers came along and started siphoning out the fun by cataloguing everything and determining the…

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Vigneault, Tortorella, and beyond

#450083446 / gettyimages.com You have no idea how big a part of me is rooting for the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals, in part just to stick it to the commenters* who told me and the rest of the Canucks Army crew for the last couple of years that Vigneault was a…

The Habs are screwed (avoid banking on goaltenders for all your success)

#492289559 / gettyimages.com There are a lot of people completely writing off the Montreal Canadiens with new news emerging that Carey Price has fallen victim to a mysterious disease and will miss the remainder of the Eastern Conference Finals. I don’t necessarily blame those people, but I caution those who are halfway to determining Carey Price…

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Identity Crisis – Weekend Watchability Index

I’ve already said my bit about John Tortorella and there isn’t much more to say about his departure. In a nutshell, however, I don’t necessarily think the coaching was what was really holding the Canucks back this most recent season. Percentages played a big part. That said, coaching also wasn’t the Canucks problem when they lost…

Alexander Edler’s green jacket – Weekend Watchability Index

Alexander Edler finished 886th out of 886 NHL skaters this season in the all-important “+/-” statistic. It speaks to how useless that statistic is that nobody seems up in arms demanding Edler’s exit from Vancouver. I think generally the Vancouver media is pretty good at holding players accountable only for what they can be accountable…