Photo credit: canucks.com Not much was expected from Andrew Alberts when the Canucks gave up a 2010 3rd round pick to acquire him from the Carolina Hurricanes at last season’s trade deadline. With Willie Mitchell still suffering from post-concussion symptoms at the time, Alberts’ mandate was simple: provide a physical presence by using his 6’5″ frame, and as a bottom-pairing defenseman, play his limited minutes solidly – uneventfully – and not become a defensive liability. As we all know, he failed to meet even these low expectations and performed miserably enough that Canucks fans started dubbing him “AHL-berts”. But if...Click here to read more.
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There was one particular moment at yesterday’s training camp session that probably best describes Lee Sweatt’s determination to make this team. During one of the drills, the forward (in this case Rick Rypien) was supposed to stop on the wing just inside the blue line and pass the puck back to the defenseman (Sweatt) joining the rush. Rypien’s pass was far behind Sweatt, the play was broken, and while Sweatt was skating off, he shot Rypien one of those “WTF was that” kinda looks. If looks could kill. With a revamped defense corps – a much deeper defense corps –...Click here to read more.
After a four-day, five-team Young Stars Tournament and a three-day training camp in Penticton, Canucks fans are still looking for a feel-good story. The Young Stars tournament was only mildly-entertaining and Canucks training camp was mostly uneventful. More notably however was the fact that, after a week of drills and scrimmages, we’re still waiting for someone to step up, stand out and steal a roster spot. Last year, Sergei Shirokov surprised everyone when he left Russia and successfully made the Canucks’ opening roster. Ditto Aaron Rome who signed out of nowhere and played his way on to the team, even...Click here to read more.
After a couple of days of drills, the Canucks finally break into a couple of scrimmages today (though most of the veterans will sit these out), and will then split into two squads tomorrow. Barring last-minute changes, those heading to Vancouver are: Peter Schaeffer – Rick Rypien – Victor Oreskovich Raffi Torres – Manny Malhotra / Alex Friesen – Guillaime Desbiens Bill Sweatt – Brendan Morrison – Sergei Shirokov Prab Rai – Stefan Schneider – Shawn Weller Aaron Rome – Lee Sweatt Kevin Connauton – Kevin Bieksa Evan Oberg – Chris Tanev Taylor Ellington – Sawyer Hannay Cory Schneider –...Click here to read more.
Going into day 2 of Canucks training camp in Penticton, we paid closer attention to those guys on the bubble. First, a word on the continuing battle for bottom-six spots: Then, some thoughts on guys who we feel need to show more to get themselves a spot on the team: And finally, an update on Cody Hodgson:Click here to read more.
The first day of Vancouver Canucks training camp in Penticton has come to an end. The players were divided into three groups: two groups on the main ice and a small group including the injured players on the smaller ice. We kept our eye on a few, specific players and recorded the following videos after each session. First, Richard and Chris talk about the players from group 1. Next, Richard and I talk about a couple of observations from group 2.Click here to read more.
For those of you interested, here are some details about the Canucks’ training camp in Penticton this weekend. There are a few of us from CHB that will making the 4 1/2 hour drive to the Okanagan so hopefully we’ll have some good content to share with you. MAIN CAMP SCHEDULE There are two on-ice sessions per day: 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday, and two simultaneous 10:00 AM sessions on Monday. All sessions will be at the South Okanagan Events Centre. DEFENSEMEN Andrew Alberts, Keith Ballard, Nolan Baumgartner, Kevin Bieksa, Kevin Connauton, Alex Edler, Christian Ehrhoff,...Click here to read more.