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Canucks Army Prospect Profiles #12: Cole Candella

The Vancouver Canucks seem to have an affinity for drafting defencemen in the fifth round, and for a franchise known for selecting their fair share of duds at the draft table, they’ve had more luck than you’d think. Kevin Bieksa, Ben Hutton, and Frank Corrado are all former fifth-round selections made by the Canucks that have played in the…

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Canucks Army Prospect Profiles #16: Carl Neill

When it comes to junior hockey, I don’t believe in late bloomers. By and large, players are either good or bad, and it’s the circumstances around them that change. For Carl Neill, unpacking the nature of those circumstances will say a lot about who he is as a player. Since his breakout season in 2014-15,…

Do the Canucks Have A Second Line?

Embed from Getty Images The Canucks’ lack of secondary offence was a hot topic last season, and with good reason. In spite of a vintage offensive performance from Daniel Sedin and Jannik Hansen’s emergence as a 20-goal scorer, the club finished with the league’s second-worst offence in 2015-16.  Secondary scoring’s been elusive for a few…

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Canucks Re-Sign Mike Zalewski

                                   The Canucks have re-signed AHL forward Mike Zalewski to a one-year, two-way contract worth $632,500.  #Canucks have re-signed Mike Zalewski to a 1-year, two-way contract at $632,500. He had 33 points in 58 AHL games, & 1A in…

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Selling Nope: The Unfortunate Optics Of The Jim Benning Regime

It’s an oft-repeated adage in the NHL that to succeed from a business standpoint, you must either sell wins or hope. If that’s the case, then this was a tough season for Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning. The embattled Canucks architect threw gasoline on his critics fire, doing little to shake the notion that he’s…

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Canucks Select Jakob Stukel 154th Overall

  With the 154th overall pick, the Canucks have selected Surrey native Jakob Stukel, a winger for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.  Stukel was ranked 82nd among North American skaters by Central Scouting and 194th by ISS, so his ranking is generally in line with what you’d expect from a sixth-round selection. 

Why Taking A Forward At #5 Is The Right Move For The Canucks

 Embed from Getty Images *Author’s Note: This article makes extensive use of the Prospect Graduation Probabilties System (pGPS). To learn more about pGPS, you can read our introductory post. Now that the draft lottery has long passed, and the Canucks are guaranteed to pick fifth overall, all eyes have turned towards the draft, and which player…

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Canucks Army Free Agent Profiles: Tomas Fleischmann

  Tomas Fleischmann was a casualty of last year’s relatively flat salary cap, beginning the season by signing a PTO with the Montreal Canadiens. He earned a spot out of training camp, and was an integral part of their unbelievable start to the season, scoring 10 points in his first 13 games with the club….

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Canucks Army Free Agent Profiles: Lee Stempniak

  Lee Stempniak is as well-traveled an NHLer as you’re going to find on the open market, having played for nine different teams in the span of his ten-year career. In spite of all that movement, he’s quietly been a very effective producer of offence for the majority of his career.  After toiling away for a…

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Canucks Army Free Agent Profiles: Tom Gilbert

  After two disappointing, injury-plagued seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Tom Gilbert will be hitting the open market on July 1st looking to prove that he can still be an effective contributor on a team’s back-end.  After a few great seasons in Edmonton, and brief but respectable stints in Minnesota and Florida, Gilbert’s play fell…

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Canucks Army Free Agent Profiles: Jason Demers

Embed from Getty Images After a number of years as a fantastic bottom-pairing defenseman for the San Jose Sharks, Jason Demers definitively established himself as a top-four defender upon being traded to the Dallas Stars for fellow rearguard Brendan Dillon. Demers was a steady presence on a blueline that was in desperate need of one,…