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What We Talk About When We Talk About Tanking

In hockey, as in life, it’s exceedingly rare to receive a gift from a stranger. But, in what may be the only case of true generosity from a billionaire in recent memory, that’s exactly what Francesco Aquilini gave me during Wednesday night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes: People who talk about "tanking" for draft reasons…

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2018/19 Vancouver Canucks 50-Game Report Card

Sunday’s matinee matchup against the Detroit Red Wings marked the 50th game of the 2018/19 season for the Vancouver Canucks, and just like high school students across British Columbia, it’s time for the team to receive their report card. As a whole, the team has already outperformed expectations this season. Most pundits—and even a large…

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Trade Market: Slightly-Used Former 3rd Overall Pick Edition

In the grand scheme of his brief career with the Vancouver Canucks, Erik Gudbranson is having a pretty good 2018/19 season. He’s limited his defensive miscues, is bringing consistent physicality, and has become the NHL’s undisputed king of uppercuts. Unfortunately, all that glitters is not Gud. As CanucksArmy’s own Jackson McDonald pointed out last week,…

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Do Faceoffs Really Make A Difference?

The faceoff circle has been the center of major discussion throughout the Vancouver Canucks’ 2018/19 season. Whether it’s Bo Horvat leading the league in draws taken by a ridiculous margin, the contributions of Jay Beagle, or Elias Pettersson’s continued struggles on the dot, faceoffs have been the focal point of multiple Vancouver storylines. That probably…

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2019 NHL Draft: Jeremy’s Winter Rankings

Happy new year! Welcome to 2019 ladies and gentlemen. I recently published another edition of our consolidated industry draft rankings, but we are now officially in the same calendar year as the next NHL draft and I have yet to publish any personal rankings for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Well that changes today. What…

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2019 NHL Draft: Consolidated Industry Rankings for December 2018

The World Juniors have arrived, and always renews interest in NHL prospects. While most of the players to watch at the under-20 championships are already affiliated with NHL teams, there are a handful of draft eligible players looking to make their mark as well. It’s been nearly two months since I last published a consolidated…

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Michael DiPietro traded to Ottawa 67’s in OHL blockbuster

It’s been an eventful 48 hours for Canucks’ top goaltending prospect Michael DiPietro. Just a day after being named to Team Canada’s roster for the 2019 World Junior Selection camp, DiPietro has been traded from the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL to the Ottawa 67’s in exchange for forward Yegor Afanasyev, four second-round draft picks and…

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Roster notes before Canucks clash with Red Wings

The Canucks will take on the Red Wings at 4:30 PM tonight and there has been a flurry of new news in regards to their roster over the last few hours. Firstly, Brock Boeser will not suit up tonight as he continues to battle a reported groin strain. Brendan Leipsic and Darren Archibald will be…

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Canucks prospect Jack Rathbone named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week

A slightly forgotten prospect has made a mark on the NCAA early in his collegiate career. 2017 4th round pick Jack Rathbone was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week today: After picking up five points (2G, 3A) this past weekend, Jack Rathbone was named @ECACHOCKEYMWD1 Rookie of the Week! https://t.co/VIH8xat1fl #GoCrimson pic.twitter.com/lkpv6mg7xp — Harvard Men's…

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Comets Recall Jagger Dirk From Kalamazoo

Jagger Dirk Recalled From Kalamazoo Wings The Vancouver Canucks and Utica Comets have both been bitten hard by the injury bug already in their respective seasons. Today the Canucks announced the recalls of defencemen Alex Biega and Guillaume Brisebois. Congrats, Guillaume! Canucks recall Alex Biega and Guillaume Brisebois https://t.co/IJz25jc6Ud #Canucks #NHL — CanucksArmy (@CanucksArmy) October…

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Fired up Nick Kypreos weighs in on Pettersson incident

Nick Kypreos is fired up. After Panthers’ blueliner Mike Matheson injured young Vancouver phenom Elias Pettersson by throwing him to the ice Saturday evening in Florida, many people had an opinion on the play. Matheson was ultimately handed a two-game suspension and Pettersson will miss at least 7-10 days with a suspected concussion. The much…