NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks writer C-Mac weighs in with the first Canucks player we will evaluate, as part of a series on the organization’s top prospects in the 2012 NHL off-season is the second Dane in the Vancouver organization Nicklas Jensen. Jensen was promoted to the Chicago Wolves minor league affiliate of the Canucks this spring.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks writer “Q” tells us you didn’t expect Canucks GM Mike Gillis to tell you who they’ve got number 1 on their 2012 NHL draft board did you or will be traded first in the offseason did you? Gillis’ end of year presser was mostly lots of answers to read more into. He wants Coach Alain Vigneault back, Cody Hodgson wanted out, Ryan Kesler is hurt, Cory Schneider gives them a great problem.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with an update on the Canucks farm team in the AHL the Chicago Wolves. Van City hired ex-Oilers coach Craig Mactavish to guide the prospects, we update you on Eddie Lack, Bill Sweatt, Mike Duco, Steven Reinprecht, Nolan Baumgartner, Kevin Connauton, Mark Mancari and more. The bubble boys, the 2-ways, guys fighting for their cup of coffee in the NHL.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges tells us the 2012 NHL trade deadline day was slow to start and then a blockbuster deal that was easily the biggest of the day and sparked reaction not seen in a very long time in Vancouver happened. And Canucks nation was mad at Mike Gillis. If Zack Kassian becomes more Todd Bertuzzi than Taylor Pyatt this deal could be a whole lot easier to swallow.
NWSB Vancouver Canucks Insider Josh Hall lays the smack down on the wheelings and dealings of the Canucks this Trade Deadline day. He’s pretty miffed about Cody Hodgson but agrees Zack Kassian is a good pickup…just not for CoHo. How will Sami Pahlsson help the bottom six forward mix? Why the heck wasn’t Mason Raymond traded instead? Check it.
NWSB Managing Editor Q details the news coming out of Seattle Washington today on the press conference held today by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and hedge fund manager Chris Hansen. We learned about the other investors are involved in this deal, and we know what the pulse of the City council is. Is the NBA and NHL on the way to Seattle?
Josh Hall recently had a NWSB exclusive twitterview with Chicago Wolves goaltender Eddlie Lack. As of February 10th, 2012, Lack has a 2011-12 record of 12-11-5 in a starting role ahead of Matt Climie. He has played in 27 of 47 games this season leading the Wolves to 5th spot in the Western Conference. Eddie very recently set up a twitter account, the next step could be him in Vancouver Canucks uniform.
Richard Hodges puts future Vancouver Canucks hopeful defenseman Kevin Cannauton under the spotlight. In 2012 Connauton has shown signs of taking his game to the next level under the watchful eye of Craig MacTavish, an AHL coach with a luxury of NHL experience. It appears Kevin is a kid with that raw skill set, and a highly intelligent and determined player.
Josh Hall one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers is back with his Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks matchup preview. Tuesday 7:00 p.m. PT, on Rogers Sportsnet. Even the Canucks should be able to handle the lowly Oilers in this matchup. Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler and Cody Hodgson will need to make a difference in this one. With 13 goals, CoHo is tied for 3rd in team goal scoring with Kesler and Jannik Hansen.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges points out with the transaction this week to bring Chris Tanev back to the big club from the Chicago Wolves, this isn’t a panic call-up by the Canucks but rather a testament to their depth that they can afford to keep such a fine prospect in the minors and save him for when they really need him. Alain Vigneault called him an emotional flat-liner.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodgers reports Byron Bitz has been placed on waivers after “he cleared himself ready to play,” according to Alain Vigneault. “He’s been in Chicago for three weeks now practicing with the team. President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have re-assigned right wing Mark Mancari to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL as well.