The Vancouver Canucks opened their 2013 training camp over the weekend, beginning a six-day sprint towards opening night on Saturday. While the absence of Ryan Kesler in Vancouver’s top-six provides opportunity for forwards to embrace new roles up front, the Canucks appear to have little room for competition on the blue line.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with some analysis on the news today out of Canucks land that former enemy and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Cam Barker could get a tryout with Van City. Well, the loss of Aaron Rome and Sami Salo destroyed a bit of depth in the 7/8 hole but….Cam Barker? Cam Barker, the infamous number three pick behind Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin? Deep Thoughts…
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.
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?
NWSB Rookie Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck puts pen to paper today with some more thoughts on the Canucks non-roster sheet for Weber, As well as an in depth look at the top six Canucks defenseman currently on the Vancouver roster. Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Keith Ballard, Chris Tanev, and Jason Garrison. Kevin Connauton has made strides in the minors.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with his thoughts on the player movement this week coming out of Mike Gillis’ office in Vancouver. Gone are longtime d-man Sami Salo, a warrior in Van City for 8+ years. Also Alain Vigneault favorite Aaron Rome. In are hometown boy Jason Garrison and we’re also now hearing ex-Hurricanes D/FW Derek Joslin could be next.
NWSB Managing editor “Q” tells us on the first day of 2012 NHL Free Agency the Vancouver Canucks survived and made it thru losing Sami Salo and Aaron Rome to land Jason Garrison via free agency from the Florida Panthers on Sunday. The 6’2”, 220-pound undrafted defenceman from White Rock BC was signed by the Panthers in 2008 after three seasons with the University of Minnesota Duluth of the WCHA.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with his ananlysis of the Justin Schultz NHL free agency situation. While the addition of Justin Schultz was very intriguing, the Canucks will be just fine without him Richard says. The Canucks are not a club that guarantees playing time to rookies. Just ask Cody Hodgson.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with his ananlysis of the Justin Schultz NHL free agency situation. He’s 21, can’t make more than $925,000 on his entry level contract. The Canucks are simply his best shot to win the cup, all other factors aside. The rumoured favourites for Schultz’s services are the, the Oilers, the Blackhawks, the Rangers, and the Maple Leafs.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks writer Josh Hall is back with his top 5 first round picks for the Vancouver Canucks at the upcoming draft in just 12 days. Will Mike Gillis focus on defense, forwards or the between the pipes. Josh gives suggestions for all of those but perhaps the brightest one in number 4. Slater Koekkoek, Erik Karlsson, Franky Palazzese to name a few. Have a read.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges says It’s do or die time for your Canucks and this is the moment when heroes are born. With this mind, let’s look at five Canucks who need to step it up and leave it all on the ice. Sami Salo, David Booth, Alex Edler, Zack Kassian and Chris Higgins you are in our crosshairs. Don’t let us down. Go Canucks Go.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac tells us In a sea full of negative player ratings for the Canucks against LA, Keith Ballard has maintained an even zero rating following their first win. Ballard’s stop/start year looked to have cemented another disappointing run with Vancouver. It’s turned around for him.