NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Steve Lee weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from the last 10 games during the Canucks’ 2013/14 campaign. Ryan Kesler, Jason Garrison, Mike Santorelli, are the 3 starts this week. Considering he is in a contract year, Santorelli is making a strong argument towards Mike Gillis and the Canucks front office to think twice when it comes to the offseason signings.
NWSB Blogger and Insider J.D. Burke offers his opinion on the Zack Kassian conundrum and argues that he should be the recipient of better ice-time, with better line-mates. The numbers suggest that Kassian, while not necessarily a possession stud, doesn’t drag down Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin when asked to line up alongside them. For this reason and many more, that’s where he should land. Read on, for more.
NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the Vancouver Canucks underlying numbers and determines that they are a considerably better hockey team than their record would indicate. Using possession metrics and graphs, J.D. shows that the Canucks have actually been controlling play for the majority of this streak and by all means should turn it around and work their way back into the playoff picture. Get it in gear Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler.
Vancouver Canucks blogger & insider J.D. Burke examines whether it would be a worthwhile endeavor for the Canucks to try and trade for Martin Erat of the Washington Capitals. Under the right circumstances, such a deal could work, but the question of whether it is worth while or not is explored in depth. His Corsi Rel. (which is his Corsi relative to the team without him on the ice) is 2.4%, which suggests he’s not a possession liability to his club.
NWSB blogger & insider J.D. Burke explores Mike Santorelli’s early production and determines it’s sustainability and where it will land him, long-term, with the Canucks. Advanced stats, graphs and even ordinary stats are used to accurately display a picture of whether this season is a flash in the pan or the mean. J.D. argues that Santorelli is best suited for third line duties, and presents valid reasoning to boot.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers.The Vancouver Canucks slipped by the Philadelphia Flyers in a sloppy 3-2 win on Tuesday, taking advantage of a lucky bounce and some timely third period points to earn a win to start their seven-game Eastern road swing. Roberto Luongo got the win, Ryan Kesler scored the all-important game-winning goal. Go Nucks!
Vancouver Canucks insider and blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on the early progress the Canucks are making, as they adjust to a new system and the physical commitment required from it. Blocked shots are looked at in depth, as statistics from this season and last are used to find out where the Canucks are at this season. With John Tortorella, shot blocking has been a hot topic of conversation in Van City. EH? Alex Burrows & Roberto Luongo.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the 2013 underachieving Canucks players thru 6 games. Roberto Luongo, Dan Hamhuis, Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins all make Ben’s list. All the noise that Kesler was talking about before the season about how he’s healthy and ready for a big year has proven to be nothing but a whole lot of hot air so far. He’s also a team worst -5 and has taken some pretty stupid penalties.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s loss to the San Jose Sharks. He says that the Sharks continued their dominance of the Canucks, and turned what was a tight game into a gimme with two successive third period goals. New Nucks Coach John Tortorella is insisting that the team hasn’t fully adapted his system, and it showed last night . Roberto Luongo love ‘em. Jason Garrison love ‘em.
Steve Lee is back to weigh in on the overpaid northwest athletes. Be it on the ice, turf or court, the yearly income of these individuals is absurd, when you think that for many of us, we pay to play the sport we love. He points out the following NW athletes stole a lot of money from their owners. Brian Bosworth (The Boz). Roberto Luongo, Chone Figgins, Vin Baker, Darius Miles, and Jim McIlvaine. It seems more and more that money has no boundaries in the world of sports.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges talks about David Booth and how he needs to prove himself to the organization and fans in 2013/14. Originally coming to Vancouver in a move that saw many fans applaud the front office, Booth has failed to live up to the hype and has been somewhat injury-riddled, leading many to cast him off as a bust. Will 2013/14 be the year he finally proves himself?