Tagged: Ryan Kesler

Canucks Midseason Marks: The Top Six Forwards

Canucks Midseason Marks: The Top Six Forwards

(Contributions from Richard Loat and Matt Lee.) Now that the Canucks have reached the official halfway point of the 2010/2011 season, we take a look back and give the players their midseason marks. Photo credit: CBC.ca Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin: What can be said for one Sedin can be said for the other. They are both on pace for 100-point years. Daniel is on pace for 50 goals and 108 points, which would shatter his career-best of 36 goals and 85 points. Henrik recorded 83 assists last season en route to his Hart and Art Ross trophies; this season,...

I Watched This Game: Canucks 1 -2 Red Wings (SO)

I Watched This Game: Canucks 1 -2 Red Wings (SO)

[I Watched This Game is a recurring feature at Pass it to Bulis, the hockey blog that knows who needs the puck. It chronicles the insights and observations of two guys who watched a hockey game. To view all the other wonderful stuff PITB does, visit Pass It To Bulis.] You hate to see a game like this go to a shootout. I did. After 60 minutes of the top two teams in the NHL strutting their excellent puck movement, remarkable defense, and fabulous systems play, suddenly everything that made the game so stellar is taken away and a coin...

Ask Katie About the Canucks: Road Trips and MVPs

Ask Katie About the Canucks: Road Trips and MVPs

[Every Monday, Katie Maximick takes your questions and gives her take on the Canucks in her own cantankerous style. If you have any questions about the Canucks, send it to her via Twitter (@canucksgirl44)] Another week passes and the Canucks are still on top of the NHL. With Vancouver playing 5 games in 7 nights, it’s been a busy and exciting week for fans. Now the team is preparing for a five-game road trip beginning Tuesday in New York, and Canucks fans are wondering how their team is going to do. Taryn (@taryneliza_beth) asks: Predictions for the upcoming road trip?...

Canucks Review and Preview: January 10 to January 16, 2011

Canucks Review and Preview: January 10 to January 16, 2011

[Every Sunday, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead. You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@cayking).] Canucks Record 41 GP, 27-8-6, 60 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st in Western Conference) Who’s Hot Ryan Kesler potted his second career hat-trick in a dominating 6-1 victory over the Oilers this past week. Kesler could be featured every week for his outstanding play this year. He has matured into one of the best all-round players in the NHL and is on pace to put up career numbers. He has 14 points in his last 10 games...

I Watched This Game: Canucks 6 – 1 Oilers

I Watched This Game: Canucks 6 – 1 Oilers

[I Watched This Game is a recurring feature at Pass it to Bulis, the hockey blog that knows who needs the puck. It chronicles the insights and observations of two guys who watched a hockey game. To view all the other wonderful stuff PITB does, visit Pass It To Bulis.] I don’t think there was ever really any concern that the Oilers might win tonight. There was, I guess, a nagging concern that the Canucks might lose, but seriously, this Oilers team isn’t built to win hockey games. It’s built to accrue picks, like Questlove’s hair or Tenacious D. My...

I Watched This Game: Canucks 4 – 3 Sharks

I Watched This Game: Canucks 4 – 3 Sharks

[I Watched This Game is a recurring feature at Pass it to Bulis, the hockey blog that knows who needs the puck. It chronicles the insights and observations of two guys who watched a hockey game. To view all the other wonderful stuff PITB does, visit Pass It To Bulis.] The Canucks came into San Jose to play their third road game in four nights. Unbeaten in five, and expected to be dog-tired, there was a sense among Canuck nation that a loss to San Jose was as inevitable as the extraplanar robots that chase down lawbreakers. The Sharks came...

I Watched This Game: Canucks 4 – 1 Stars

I Watched This Game: Canucks 4 – 1 Stars

[I Watched This Game is a recurring feature at Pass it to Bulis, the hockey blog that knows who needs the puck. It chronicles the insights and observations of two guys who watched a hockey game. To view all the other wonderful stuff PITB does, visit Pass It To Bulis.] The Canucks closed out 2010 the same way they opened it: with a win over the Dallas Stars, but don’t let the 4-1 score fool you into thinking this was just another rout of a good team. Vancouver outscored Dallas, but that’s about the only stat category they won. Thankfully,...

I Watched This Game: Canucks 6 – 2 Flyers

I Watched This Game: Canucks 6 – 2 Flyers

[I Watched This Game is a recurring feature at Pass it to Bulis, the hockey blog that knows who needs the puck. It chronicles the insights and observations of two guys who watched a hockey game. To view all the other wonderful stuff PITB does, visit Pass It To Bulis.] The Flyers and Canucks were a good matchup on paper. Both teams have excellent strength down the middle and strong forward lines overall, a solid defensive corps, and comparable records. Some said, prior to tonight’s contest, that we might be looking at a potential Stanley Cup Finals matchup. Roberto Luongo...

A more mature Kesler

A more mature Kesler

Good players find a way to improve even when it may seem like they’re at their peak. After a breakout season last season, Ryan Kesler left many were wondering just how he could improve his game this year. Kesler’s growth as a player has been something we’ve been fortunate enough to watch. We were fortunate that Philadelphia never stole him away with an offer sheet and we’re even more fortunate that we’re going to have a player who in a few years could arguably be the best active American player in the NHL. After an off season of ego boosting...

I Watched This Game: Canucks 3 – 2 Oilers

I Watched This Game: Canucks 3 – 2 Oilers

[I Watched This Game is a recurring feature at Pass it to Bulis, the hockey blog that knows who needs the puck. It chronicles the insights and observations of two guys who watched a hockey game. To view all the other wonderful stuff PITB does, visit Pass It To Bulis.] A couple days ago on Puck Daddy, Justin Bourne wrote about the dreaded post-Christmas game, and suggested that hockey fans “be sure to set [the] DVR for ‘anything but NHL hockey’ on Dec. 26 and 27” as players work off their Christmas hams and turkeys with lethargic play. Instead, both...

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