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Prospect Profile: #14 Joseph LaBate

One of the main driving forces behind this profile series – aside from striving to provide mid-August analysis that goes beyond debating whether Trevor Linden’s trunks in his Ice Bucket Challenge are short, or too short – is to hopefully become more familiar with prospects that we could potentially one day see wearing Canucks jerseys on our television sets.  The first handful of guys…

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Prospect Profile: #15 Henrik Tommernes

Admittedly, one of the reasons we bumped the age cutoff for this series this time around was to include someone of the ilk of Henrik Tommernes, who is set to turn 24 years old any day now. That distinction makes him the elder statesman of this list of players, and puts him a cool 6 years older than…

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Three Years since the passing of Rick Rypien

Image via Clay Imoo It was three years ago to this day that the hockey community learned of the passing of former Vancouver Canucks enforcer Rick Rypien, at the tragically young age of 27. As is generally the case when such a sobering incident strikes, the natural reaction is a feeling of shock. How could this…

4 Top 100 Prospects make Canucks ESPN’s 9th ranked system

#181640951 / gettyimages.com Unfortunately, the nature of professional sports is that there tends to be an inverse relationship between the success of the NHL club and the relevance of (/stock put into) its farm system, as we’ve seen up close and personal lately.  This is my 3rd year participating in the annual Canucks Army Top 20 Prospect Profile series,…

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Prospect Profile: #20 Anton Cederholm

Snazzy banner via Matthew Henderson Evaluating prospects is a rather tricky business, considering the inherent volatility that accompanies attempting to project how, what’s still for all intents and purposes, a progressively developing young man will wind up turning out 4, 5, 6 years from now.  For an 18 or 19-year old kid, the fact of the matter is that…

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What did the Vancouver Canucks ever do to you, Alabama?

A census in 2013 estimated that 4,822,023 people resided in the southern state of Alabama at the time. In a far less scientific and likewise accurate study (*), those near-5,000,000 individuals appear to hate the Vancouver Canucks more than any other team in the National Hockey League. 

The Vancouver Canucks seem to *really* like Nick Bonino

The Vancouver Canucks official Youtube account released a video that has been making the rounds online today. It essentially aims to give us a little behind-the-scenes look at the team’s war room on the day of the draft, in which the braintrust is discussing the Ryan Kesler and Jason Garrison trades that they’re about to make. While it…

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Hip Hip Hu-VEY! Canucks ink talented 23 year old

News broke Monday afternoon that draft day acquisition Linden Vey will accept his 1-year, $735k qualifying offer from the team.   Considering the vast number of connections – his name is Linden, he played for the Medicine Hat Tigers for 5 years (4 of which were under Willie Desjardins), his name is also Linden – and the fact…

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Five Hole for Food Comes (Back) to Vancouver!

.. will you? [Photo via Jason Kurylo] We devote a lot of time and digital ink over the course of the year playing up the role of the cold and calculating members of the Smylosphere. We mercilessly disparage commonly used hockey narratives like grit, heart, and character because they’re, for the most part, things we can’t…