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Was everybody wrong about Tucker Poolman?

General manager Jim Benning and his group had a busy offseason. There was the blockbuster trade that brought in Conor Garland and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, the deal to acquire Jason Dickinson from the Dallas Stars, and a bunch of different free-agent signings. All in all, the Vancouver Canucks made plenty of changes to their roster after…

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Canucks forward Alex Chiasson is no stranger to the underdog role

For Alex Chiasson, having to prove himself is not a new experience. During his 10 year NHL career, he has already played for six different franchises including four of the seven Canadian teams. While Chiasson has struggled to find a permanent home, he has carved out a long NHL career and he isn’t done yet…

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Four undrafted players the Vancouver Canucks should take a long look at

After trading away their first-round pick for the second consecutive season, the Vancouver Canucks have a prospect pipeline that is looking very barren. Many of their most exciting young players have already graduated to playing professional hockey and the lack of standout prospects is worrying for a team that has yet to prove themselves as…

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For Thatcher Demko, path to NHL success has unusual roots

Thatcher Demko is no stranger to success. In fact, from his time with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL in 2010-11, all the way to the present day as a professional with the Vancouver Canucks, he has never had a season in which he lost more games than he won. Not one losing season over…

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Jordie Benn has been the unlikely solution to a large Canucks’ problem

Jordie Benn was the Vancouver Canucks’ sixth defenceman last season, and a dependable option who could call the night a success if his play wasn’t noticed. Heading into this season his role looked to be much the same until an early-season trip to the COVID list put that in danger. Multiple young defencemen got their…

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Canucks’ reliance on goaltending a symptom of a much larger issue

From the beginning of the 2019-20 season to the present day, only the struggling Chicago Blackhawks have forced their goaltender to make more saves at 5-on-5 than the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks have consistently played poor defensive hockey, and although sometimes they have outscored these issues, the problem has only been magnified this season. This…