Canucks Prospects

The Vancouver Canucks selected Finnish defender Olli Juolevi fifth overall in the 2016 NHL entry draft. He’s been hyped to be the future of the Canucks’ blue line but the question is, should you believe the hype? He was the highest drafted defenceman in 2016, but so far, he’s been outclassed by some fellow draft-mates.
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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
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The Vancouver Canucks struggled defensively in the 2016-17 season, fishing the puck out of their net 241 times, the fifth highest total in the League. Riddled with injuries and inexperience, the Canucks’ blue line was a shell of its potential. With the status of injured Erik Gudbranson still unknown, the departure of Luca Sbisa and with
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Vancouver Canucks GM, Jim Benning raised some curious eyebrows at the 2017 trade deadline when he traded away long-time Canuck, Alex Burrows to the Ottawa Senators in return for 19-year-old Jonathan Dahlen. The deal looked good on paper for both parties but Benning’s true motive didn’t come into the light until the 2017 NHL entry
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