Canucks prospect Dmitry Zhukenov left off of Russia’s WJC team

Vancouver Canucks prospect and Chicoutimi Saguenéens centreman Dmitry Zhukenov has been left of Team Russia’s pre-tournament evaluation camp roster ahead of the 2016 World Junior Championships. He won’t represent Russia at this year’s U20 tournament. Zhukenov, 18, has been a mainstay on the Russian national team throughout his late teens. He competed for Russia at…

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Brock Boeser invited to Team USA’s WJC training camp

Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports There was very little suspense about whether or not Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser would be invited to Team USA’s pre-tournament camp ahead of the 2016 World Junior Championships. He was always going to be invited and you can probably feel pretty safe about penciling him onto the team. Boeser, 18, was…

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Brandon Prust spears Brad Marchand in the groin late in blowout loss

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports At some point you knew the Vancouver Canucks were going to ‘get’ Brad Marchand. The Boston Bruins forward has been a thorn in the side the Canucks and their fans for years. He’s even annoying to the club’s former coach Alain Vigneault! And while some of the hatred is based on a petty…

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Why the Canucks should send Virtanen (health permitting), but not McCann to the World Junior Championship

Photo Courtesy: Hockey Canada On Tuesday morning Team Canada’s U20 men’s ice hockey team invited 30 players to the ‘selection camp’ for the upcoming World Junior Championship. For the first time in a while, there were no Canucks prospects on the invite list. Canucks teenagers Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen would’ve been slam dunk invitees if they were playing in…

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Canucks bullied, beaten, blown out in Orange County

Photo Credit: Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports If you want to find some positive takeaways from Monday night’s 4-0 Vancouver Canucks loss to the Anaheim Ducks, well, I hope you have a jumbo-sized magnifying glass. The Canucks were flat, they were pushed around and didn’t push back, a variety of their best players were hurt or injured,…

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Canucks’ Virtanen knocked out of game vs. Ducks by Getzlaf cross-check

Photo Credit: Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports Vancouver Canucks rookie Jake Virtanen sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of Monday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.  Virtanen, 19, was attempting to blow the zone with control of the puck when he was cross-checked from behind by Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. Virtanen collapsed to the ice…