The 2018 Calder Memorial Trophy race has a much different feel to it compared to the last few seasons. In 2016 and 2017, there were generational players making their career debuts who dominated the Calder conversation. This season, however, there is a crop of high-talent rookies who can all make a serious case to win
With the Vancouver Canucks in the basement of the Western Conference and looking to be sellers at the trade deadline, fans will soon be turning their heads towards the NHL Draft. The fact is, it’s likely that the Canucks will be picking high for the third consecutive season (and fourth in the past five). The
Injuries derailed the surprisingly competitive Vancouver Canucks in December, and they haven’t quite recovered just yet. Star players were hitting injured reserve left and right and Bo Horvat was hands-down the biggest loss. Horvat suffered a fracture in his foot on Dec. 5 against the Carolina Hurricanes, but he has been cleared to practice and
It is time for everyone who associates themselves with hockey to truly appreciate that the NHL’s next superstar has revealed himself — Mathew Barzal has arrived. The New York Islanders’ forward just capped off his second five-point performance in his rookie season, joining Brian Trottier as the only rookies in Islanders history to do so.
Not much was expected from the Vancouver Canucks this season. That’s what happens when you have two consecutive campaigns of finishing second to last in the Western Conference, with the third-fewest points in the NHL. Last season was particularly dire for the Canucks, as they managed just 69 points. This represented their lowest total in an
After falling back in the draft lottery for two straight years, Vancouver Canucks fans still have hope. Who needs the draft lottery anyway? When they lost out in 2016, missing out on both Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, fans were rightfully disappointed. Olli Juolevi could still turn out to be a great player, but the Canucks
With the tightening salary cap, NHL teams are finding the biggest bang for their bucks with rookies and players on entry-level contracts. It’s become imperative for teams to accurately forecast a draft pick’s abilities when they enter their first year of playing in the NHL because teams only have three years until they have to
The Vancouver Canucks have been a pleasant surprise to start the 2017-18 season, as they got off to a roaring start out of the gates. Strong defensive play has earned the Canucks a good number of their points so far this year, but their inability to capitalize on the man advantage has been incredibly detrimental.
You’ve likely heard of the saying that perception is reality. In this respect, Vancouver Canucks fans are often described as among the whiniest in the NHL. While you can argue how fair this perception is, the fans didn’t help themselves with their reaction to Brock Boeser being a healthy scratch for the home opener against
With a little less than a week left in the NHL preseason, everyone in and around the game has learned a few specific things heading into the 2017-18 campaign. The preseason is generally a time for getting a feel for the new season, getting accustomed to altered rules, and getting a glimpse into how far
Even in a city like Vancouver, where many are predicting another lowly finish, there’s hope. There’s no hope of competing for a Stanley Cup this season. Even any talk of the playoffs seems far-fetched. Yet, there remains hope. Jim Benning has assembled a strong cast of young players who will continue their development this season
The 2017 Young Stars Classic, hosted by the Vancouver Canucks, kicks off this weekend in Penticton. The tournament pits the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and Winnipeg Jets prospects against the Canucks. Each team plays each other once in an exhibition round-robin format. In the past, there have been some notable names, especially in the 2015
Corey Pronman’s Top 100 Prospect List threw cold water on the Canucks’ hype train. No reasonable person in Vancouver believes the team has enough young stars to make a playoff run yet. However, only four Canucks skaters made it into Pronman’s run-down in mid-August. Most concerning, is 2017 5th overall pick Elias Pettersson makes the
The Vancouver Canucks have struggled in the past few seasons and their problems have primarily stemmed from their lack of scoring. The Canucks finished 29th in the NHL in goals scored last season with only 178, averaging a meager 2.17 goals-per-game. This problem can be traced to a lack of firepower among the forwards and relying too