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The Canucks in 2013-14: A Fantasy Hockey Preview

What was a common sight last season, is no more (Image via Jeff Vinnick) The month of September is almost upon us. That means training camp, strained groins, players in the “best shape of their lives,” and of course, hockey pool drafts! Who doesn’t love a good fantasy? It will be interesting to see how…

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Prospect Profile: #4 Nicklas Jensen

Image via Matthew Henderson Nicklas Jensen sure did rack up the frequent flyer miles in 2012-13. Jensen left his OHL club in Oshawa to join AIK of the Swedish Elite League, a move that was “supported” by the Canucks. He then went on to play in both the AHL and NHL after his SEL season…

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Prospect Profile: #9 Henrik Tommernes

Image via Matthew Henderson Henrik Tommernes isn’t your typical prospect. For one, he turned 23 this past summer, making him significantly older than most players on this list. And for two, he has five years of experience playing in a professional hockey league. Tommernes didn’t crack our top 20 last year (in what could be…

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Prospect Profile: #12 Alexandre Grenier

Image via Matthew Henderson To say that Alexandre Grenier has followed an unconventional developmental path since he was drafted by the Canucks in 2011 would be a bit of an understatement. The lanky winger has played in four different leagues over the past two seasons – the QMJHL, Austria’s top pro league, the AHL, and…

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The Constraints of a $64.3 Million Salary Cap in 2013-14

> The Canucks were one of the teams most affected by the reduced salary cap for this coming season (one of the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement that was signed back in January). How has the salary cap affected Mike Gillis (and what he has been able to do) this summer? How will it…

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Prospect Profile: #16 Joe Cannata

Image via Matthew Henderson Joe Cannata checked in at number 10 on these rankings last year. Was his first year as a professional disappointing enough to bump him down six spots on this list? Perhaps it was, but as we have seen over the last year-and-a-half, goaltenders simply aren’t as valued as they once were…

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Catching Up With Zack Kassian’s Strength Coach, Dave Orton

Zack Kassian seems to be trying out some new stretching techniques, apparently Dave Orton is an Ontario-based strength coach who works with elite athletes across a number of sports, including MMA, football, lacrosse, and hockey. This summer is the second straight year that he has trained Zack Kassian. I first caught up with Orton a…

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What Caused Roberto Luongo To Switch Agents?

Roberto Luongo switched representation on Wednesday. What can we make of this? Image via Wikimedia Commons. There aren’t many (or any, really) members of the Vancouver media who have a better read on the state of the Canucks than Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy. Murphy offered his take yesterday on Luongo changing agents just days after meeting…

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What Should the Canucks do with Frank Corrado?

Frank Corrado – Wikicommons Defenseman Frank Corrado was a pleasant surprise after he was called up to the NHL late in the 2013 regular season. In three games with Vancouver, Corrado averaged over nineteen minutes of ice time per contest. And in the four game sweep against the San Jose Sharks, he averaged 12:19 per…

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Does Jannik Hansen Have Top-Six Ability?

Jannik Hansen – Wikimedia Commons 286. That is the number of players who were selected ahead of Jannik Hansen at the 2004 NHL Draft, back when the draft was nine rounds long. Hansen quickly turned out to be quite the find by the Canucks scouts, adapting seamlessly to the North American game in the WHL…

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Will John Tortorella Help to Develop the Young Players?

Ryan Callahan – Wikicommons According to Mike Gillis, the Canucks will be utilizing more young players in the lineup for this season – partly out of necessity (salary cap), and partly because the team has some young players who are primed for NHL duty. Will Tortorella be able to integrate young players into the lineup…

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A (Very Early) Look at the 2013-14 Canucks Lineup: The Defensemen

Ryan McDonagh, who flourished under John Tortorella – WikiCommons The Canucks still possess a solid team, especially on the back end. There is a lot of negativity surrounding the team right now though. The Canucks were swept in round one, they fired head coach Alain Vigneault this summer, and the inaction from the front office…