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CanucksArmy’s 2018 “Midterm” Prospect Rankings: #5 Jonathan Dahlen

Getting a read on Jonathan Dahlen’s draft-plus two season is difficult when considering the extraneous factors at play. The original plan for Dahlen this year was to come to training camp and eventually play in the AHL to become acquainted with the North American ice and style of game. Unfortunately, that idea fell off the…

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Canucks Army Year in Review: Bo Horvat

In a season where Brock Boeser’s emergence stole the limelight, it was Bo Horvat who quietly continued making strides as the team’s number one centre. Coming into training camp, the big question surrounding Horvat was if incoming head coach Travis Green would give him the reins as the team’s primary offensive weapon. The 23-year-old may…

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Canucks Army Year in Review: Sven Baertschi

Canucks’ GM Jim Benning raised more than a few eyebrows when he lumped Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund together in a recent interview — telling The Province that it was “a difficult year for both of them.” On the surface, it appears foolish to compare Granlund and Baertschi — the former had just 12 points in…

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Canucks Army Year in Review: Troy Stecher

Let’s imagine a scenario here. A young offensive defenceman surprises everyone at training camp and makes the NHL team after three unheralded seasons in the NCAA. Said defenceman goes on to lead the backend in scoring as a rookie en route to winning the Walter Pratt award as the fan’s choice for best defenceman. Next…

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Troy Stecher Was One of The Best Penalty Killing Defensemen in the NHL

Picture a prototypical penalty killing defenceman, and I’m sure a well-built defensive blueliner like Roman Polak or Erik Gudbranson comes to mind. But in a league that’s putting a new premium on speed and skill, the disadvantages associated with small stature are becoming attenuated. One player who’s thrived in light of this paradigm shift is…

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Canucks Army Year In Review: Nikolay Goldobin

The strength of a team’s prospect pool is usually inversely correlated with winning, and the Canucks are no exception. As Vancouver establishes itself as a perennial bottom feeder, the light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter year by year. The pressure of that optimism bears on the shoulders of the young prospects eager…

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Canucks Army Year in Review: Sam Gagner

There’s something to be said about avoiding free agents coming off of banner years — a harsh lesson that the Vancouver Canucks have learned in consecutive off-seasons. Loui Eriksson is the most prominent example of this, but the most recent one would be Sam Gagner. The 28-year-old forward was coming off of a career-high 50…