The Vancouver Canucks haven’t held a second-round pick since 2009 when they took Anton Rodin, and while the Swedish winger continues to develop in Chicago, a brief history suggests Vancouver’s luck in the round after the first isn’t so hot. Yann Sauve (2008) is bordering on bust status, Taylor Ellington (2007) and Marc-Andre Bernier (2003) were colossal failures, and for every time the Canucks got lucky (Mason Raymond, 51st overall in 2005), they’ve been unfortunate to trade away that pick for immediate help. Nevertheless, here are some names to keep in mind for the second round, when the Canucks draft...Click here to read more.
Tonight’s game featuring the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres will be a reunion for the two new faces to both teams, Cody Hodgson and Zack Kassian. As a fan of Cody Hodgson’s since he was drafted in 2008, I can’t even begin to tell you my own personal shock when he was traded on Monday. It was unquestionably the hardest Vancouver trade I’ve ever had to accept as a reality, and that’s saying something for an organization which has traded players like Trevor Linden, Pavel Bure, and Todd Bertuzzi. Unlike that trifecta of players, we don’t yet know what Cody...Click here to read more.
Staring at a sub .500 record dead in the eye heading into this Saturday’s epic tilt against the Washington Capitals, things could be a hell of a lot worse for the Vancouver Canucks and their fans. Statistically speaking, the Sedins are right on track offensively, averaging just over a point per game. Never mind the fact they were invisible in Wednesday’s loss to St. Louis; at least their still on pace for another solid campaign. Sami Salo has not only stayed healthy, he’s managed to put up as many points as he did last year and in half the games....Click here to read more.
This just in: There are as many Vancouver Canucks fans who support Roberto Luongo as there are Vancouver Canucks fans who despise him. Cory Schneider will get the start for the Canucks tonight when they take to the ice versus the St. Louis Blues, and head coach Alain Vigneault insists that was the plan from the start following his decision to pull Roberto Luongo midway through the second period in last night’s loss to Edmonton. Now, there isn’t yet developed technology that allows us to see what’s going on in Vigneault’s head, but chances are he’s torn between sticking to...Click here to read more.
8:08PM: Some closing thoughts: Nice to see Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, a Burnaby native, go first overall. He deserved to go at that spot and worked all year for it. Interesting trades came about today with Setoguchi heading to Minnesota and Campbell to Florida. Canucks put their prospect depth at the winger position in good shape by drafting Nicklas Jensen. I’d expect them to make a bolder pick in the second round. Brandon Saad is still available, as is David Musil and Rocco Grimaldi. See you next time folks! 8:06PM: After the Ducks draft Rickard Rakell, that does it for the first...Click here to read more.
The Canucks next season are going to sporting a new patch on their jerseys. Icethetics reports on the 40 year anniversary logo and I for one don’t mind it. It’s clean, it’s simple, and I actually think it’ll look pretty slick on next year’s jerseys. Speaking of patches, I’ve always wondered why the Flames have to be the only Canadian team to sport a Canadian Flag patch on their jersey. It seems a little unnecessary, but hey, who am I to argue. It’d certainly be cool to get a new Canucks jersey next year from the team store as I’m...Click here to read more.
The clock’s ticking down to game one on the 2010 battle between the Blackhawks and Canucks and while Canucks nation seems a little collectively quiet, this year it’s more anxiety than nervousness present in the air. Everyone knows things are different, it’s just a matter of proving it on the ice. If the result is the same as last year, one could argue that while the Canucks had a record year, they’ve made no progress. With that in mind there are five keys to the Canucks coming out of this series on top. Luongo vs. Kane The big story within...Click here to read more.
You can’t wait for Saturday can you. You’re pulling your hair out because you had your whole week planned around a Friday start and then the Habs and Capitals just had to go to seven games and change everything. Well it’s Friday, and you’re a little over 24 hours away from puck drop of game one between the Canucks and the Blackhawks and you need just a little something to tide you over till tomorrow. Try this trailer. This video says it all. It’s got the best of the first round, the best of the season versus Chicago, and I’d...Click here to read more.