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CanucksArmy Monday Mailbag: The Draft, Trades and Chris Tanev

Which dmen would have to be off the board for Wahlstrom or Zadina (if he falls) to be a better option for the Canucks? — Shawn Finney (@7finney) June 17, 2018 I’m sure the comments section is going to love this answer — Quinn Hughes. Check out this excellent write-up on Hughes by CanucksArmy’s own,…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #2 Andrei Svechnikov

In most years, Barrie Colts forward Andrei Svechnikov would be a de facto first overall pick. This isn’t most years, and the player ahead of him is a generational calibre defensive prospect, Rasmus Dahlin. There isn’t a single tool absent from Svechnikov’s offensive toolkit. He can score in multiple ways and threatens to regularly from…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #7 Evan Bouchard

If one can produce offence the way London Knights defenceman Evan Bouchard has in his OHL career, it would usually be enough to garner top three pick consideration. Nobody has gone that far yet with Bouchard on their board, but his season has seen his star rise as a legitimate part of the conversation in…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #13 Joseph Veleno

Members of the draft analysis community are divided on Drummondville Voltigeurs centre Joseph Veleno. I’ve seen him crack the top ten on the boards of some draft analysts and absent from the first round entirely on others. Veleno checks in at 13 CanucksArmy’s consensus list. For now, Veleno is the only player in the history…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #17 Barrett Hayton

The list of better two-way centres than Barret Hayton in this year’s draft is a short one. Our consensus rankings at CanucksArmy reflect that, with Hayton checking in as the 17th ranked prospect in this year’s draft. Playing on a stacked team in one’s first year of draft eligibility can prove a double-edged sword. On the…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #24 Dominik Bokk

After lighting up the German hockey circuit as a teenager, Dominik Bokk made the progression to Sweden’s SuperElit Under-20 league for the Vaxjo Lakers and didn’t skip a beat. That season’s rightly garnered Bokk first-round consideration with some even being so bold as to put him in their top ten. We’re not quite ready to…

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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #35 Jacob Olofsson

We’re getting closer to the first round with each passing day. Next up on our rankings, checking in at 35th overall, is a prospect that many consider a first-round talent, Swedish centre Jacob Olofsson. The list of forwards with a better pro-ready game than Olofsson is a short one. Playing for Timra Ik in the…

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McKenzie ‘I Wouldn’t be Surprised if Vancouver has at Least Expressed Some Interest in Ryan O’Reilly’

On Monday afternoon, TSN1040 had The Bobfather (Bob McKenzie) join the show for one of his always illuminating interviews. Naturally, the conversation started with the Canucks pursuit of Carolina Hurricanes defenceman and pending restricted free agent Noah Hanifin. McKenzie offered his read of the Hurricanes situation beyond the Hanifin rumours, suggesting that Justin Faulk and…

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WWYDW: Noah Hanifin?

Just last week, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman caught Vancouver off guard, suggesting the Canucks could be a stealth team in the hunt for Noah Hanifin in one of his always illuminating 31 Thoughts columns. In his exact words, “5. Stealth team for Noah Hanifin: Vancouver”. It’s not much, but it’s proven more than enough to set…

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CanucksArmy Year in Review: Jake Virtanen

In a lot of ways, this year was a big step forward for Canucks winger Jake Virtanen. That’s hard to reconcile with given the paltry 20 points (10 goals and assists alike) Virtanen earned over the course of his 75-game season, but you have to remember where he was a year ago. Virtanen wasn’t even…