Early Projections for Vancouver Canucks; 2013 Goaltending

NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger J.D. Burke weighs in today on the goaltending situation in Vancouver in Part 1 of his offseason roster series. JD points out assuming Roberto Luongo reports to training camp, he will start. This much we know. Behind him though the situation is a lot less clear. Eddie Lack seems like the obvious choice. The other horse in the race, Joacim Eriksson, is a bit of a wildcard.

First impressions! Baptism by fire for the Canucks Frank Corrado

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines from last nights Canucks win over the Chicago Blackhawks. If there was ever a perfect example of baptism by fire, for Frank Corrado his first NHL game would be just that. What happens now is anyone’s guess. Mitch thinks Corrado’s play last night warrants another look in Thursday’s game against the Ducks. Kevin Bieksa and Chris Tanev take your time.

Canucks begin restocking, sign Lain and Blomstrand

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the two Nucks signings this week. Please welcome to the organization Ludwig Blomstrand & Kellan Lain. Lain actually led College hockey’s Lake Superior in face off % this season, winning 56% of his 571 draws. That’s not a great sample, but it is nevertheless intriguing. Blomstrand is a 6’1, 198lbs left-winger who spent this season in Sweden’s second-tier league.

Canucks Gameday: What the Canucks need to do to beat the Bluejackets

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines he’s watching for and delivers his winning gameday tips for the Canucks vs. BlueJackets game Tuesday night. If this feels like deja-vu…it is. They played last Thursday. He says the Canucks are hoping that the injection of Andrew Ebbett will help the team and their scoring woes. They’re facing a Bluejackets team that is red hot and looking to extend their five game winning streak.

Jordan Schroeder has a huge opportunity at Canucks 2013 training camp

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with some analysis of what he thinks Jordan Schroeder’s chances are for sticking with the big club come the 2013 regular season facing off. He points out initial reports out of camp have Jordan a bundle of nerves, gripping his stick tightly, making mistakes in drills and getting pushed around by Andrew Alberts.

Chicago Wolves / Vancouver Canucks puzzle pieces…lockout edition

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with an update on the Canucks farm team in the AHL the Chicago Wolves. The Wolves are benefitting from Chris Tanev being back in town thanks to the lockout. The cerebral blueliner has four points in his first 10 games. Also in the mix and looking good Kevin Connauton was last year’s breakout star under Craig MacTavish.

Great reasons I was looking forward to watching 2012 Canucks camp

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck weighs in today from his depressed life that includes the 2012 NHL Lockout. He wants you to know the five things he was really looking forward to seeing at the Canucks 2012 training camp. Jason Garrison, the Vets, Zack Kassian, Kevin Connauton, Keith Ballard, Jordan Schroeder and the Canucks youth movement make Mitch’s sad list. Enjoy…

NWSB goes one-on-one with Canucks goalie Eddie Lack

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Josh Hall goes one on one with Chicago Wolves netminder and Swedish sensation Eddie Lack. Eddie says he’s currently in Stockholm making last minute preparations to return to North America. From there, it’s on to Canucks NHL training camp, if there is one anyway.

Five guys who must make big strides with Canucks in 2012/13

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck points five players in that must make big strides within the organization in 2012/13. Kevin Connauton, Jordan Schroeder, Zack Kassian, Chris Tanev, and Eddie Lack are the guys he points out. Internal competition brings out the best in everyone. Will it do the same for these Canucks youngsters this year? Who are you looking forward to seeing take strides?

Canucksdrum: Ryan Kesler & the injured shoulder trickle down effects

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger The Flying V – Kevin Vanstone weighs in on the Ryan Kesler shoulder injury, will he or won’t he start the season? The trickle down effects and questions. If Maxim Lapierre is moved up to the second line, Chicago Wolves’ center Jordan Schroeder depth chart, what kind of minutes will Manny Malhotra get? In the meantime, it is up to Gillis to decide if his hockey team can afford to learn on the fly.

Could the Canucks’ Nicklas Jensen be the next Gabriel Landeskog?

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac is back inside from laying out in the Victoria sunshine. Teachers and their summers off. He weighs in on the Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen discussing the possibility of foregoing his last year of major junior eligibility with the Oshawa Generals in order to play a season in the Swedish Elite League should he not make the Canucks roster for the 2012/13 season.

Bartender’s Vancouver Canucks ultimate off-season trade scenario

The bartender dips into the world of the Vancouver Canucks for a change and makes an often bold statement. I can’t tell you what is is because then you wouldn’t read the article but trust us, it’s a good one. Hint: It does involve Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider. This bold move would seemingly leave something empty, except for the fact that they have one of the finest of *these* in the AHL.

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