Vancouver Canucks

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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Here we are again, with another trade deadline approaching, hopes rising and rumors swirling. The Vancouver Canucks have been the subject of a healthy amount of rumors this season and the most recent one involves defender Ben Hutton. The team isn’t exactly shopping him around, but no one is completely off the table. From an
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Looking at the Vancouver Canucks’ plethora of young talent, you can’t help but applaud the work done by general manager Jim Benning and his predecessor, Mike Gillis. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, though — there’s been a fair share of blemishes on draft days. Regardless of mistakes that were made, the Canucks future is
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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
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For this segment of weekly thoughts, we address Vancouver Canucks trade rumours, explore the ramifications of Chris Tanev’s injury, and highlight the bounce-back performance of the Sedins. We also take a look at how Canucks’ prospects Kole Lind, Jonah Gadjovich, and Michael DiPietro fared at Team Canada’s world junior camp. Canucks Searching for a Top-Nine
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This is the first in a series of articles where I’ll revisit a significant trade the Vancouver Canucks made during their 48 NHL seasons to date. The Canucks were awarded an expansion team for the 1970-71 season and inaugural general manager Bud Poile set forth to build the team. Six players from the old professional
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For years, Alex Edler has been a polarizing figure in the Vancouver sports market. With injuries and age accumulating, we’ve likely passed the days of prime Edler. That doesn’t mean, though, that the debate on the now 31-year-old Swede has ended. In fact, if anything, the division has only increased. Critics of Edler say that
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The Vancouver Canucks, as I touched on in my previous article, were plagued with injuries to key players in November and early December. Almost immediately after my article had been published, yet another key player in Sven Baertschi was sidelined for an estimated four-to-six weeks with a fractured jaw. These injuries have left the Canucks
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The month of November was a painful time for the Vancouver Canucks both figuratively, and primarily literally—a handful of injuries to key players has left the Canucks in a bad place at a key point of the season. Coming into the 2017-18 season, nobody expected the Canucks to actually be competing for a playoff position,
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As a team, the Vancouver Canucks have been inconsistent this season. As individuals, certain players have taken great steps forward, whilst others have failed to gain momentum. 27 games in, we should have a good idea of who dresses when Vancouver is fully fit. However, the Canucks’ best team is far from certain. This is
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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
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Vancouver Canucks fans would often be remiss if they didn’t pine for better days. And just over 20 years ago might have been the best days of all in Canucks lore. To distract ourselves from the sometimes ugly present, we turn our eyes to the glorious spring of 1994. 1994 Vancouver Canucks: Bright Beginnings Pavel
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The Vancouver Canucks were supposed to have many weaknesses this season, and goaltending was near the top of that list. After Ryan Miller departed for Disneyland in the offseason, Jacob Markstrom was presumably going to take over the starting job. It was the logical decision, even though his previous career-high in starts was only 33 games,
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The National Hockey League expanded by two teams in 1970, one of which was the Buffalo Sabres, while the other was out in western Canada—the Vancouver Canucks. For any NHL expansion team, strong goaltending is a must. A veteran netminder can stop the bleeding when facing a powerhouse, and can also steal a win that
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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
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This is the third and final installment of my three-part series on Vancouver Canucks ‘X’ factors and this article will be focused on Jacob Markstrom, the young man pegged to be the Canucks’ starting net-minder for the coming 2017-18 season. Markstrom, the 27-year-old Swede is heading into his fifth season with the Canucks organization and
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The Vancouver Canucks have faced a lot of questions stemming from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft when they selected Jake Virtanen sixth overall in the first round. Since then, players chosen after Virtanen like the Toronto Maple Leafs’ William Nylander, the Winnipeg Jets’ Nikolaj Ehlers and the Detroit Red Wings’ Dylan Larkin have established themselves
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