Where does Mike Santorelli fit long term with Van City?

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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.

Henrik & Daniel get equal contracts but Canucks get unequal returns

Vancouver needs to turn it around next game. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the contracts signed by twins Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin this week for Van City. Ben points out a lot of that rejoicing is probably due to the fact that Henrik and Daniel have been, by far, the team’s best two forwards so far this season. Henrik has singlehandedly turned Ryan Kesler into a beast on the wing and Daniel is averaging a point a game.

Canucks blame game: Wings win 2-1

The only Canucks that seemed to be awake for this later than usual game were the Sedins and Luongo.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Red Wings win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. Ben understands Torts decision to play his top players a lot but its October and I don’t think this amount of playing time is sustainable. Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin are 33 not 23 and they need to save something for the playoffs (where they usually suck anyways). Ben says Roberto Luongo kept this game close.

Gameday skate: Red Wings visit Canucks for rare Western Conference clash

Detroit Red Wings v Vancouver Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Wednesday’s things to look out for in the Detroit Red Wings vs. Canucks matchup. The Vancouver Canucks host the Detroit Red Wings tonight for their lone game of the season at Rogers Arena. While Thomas Holmstrom is long gone Roberto Luongo can expect a healthy amount of traffic crossing through his crease again tonight against the pesky Red Wings.

Are the Vancouver Canucks sustainable?

The Canucks are the seventh best possession team at evens

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges gives us a look into the future, wondering if the team, specifically Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kessler and Daniel Sedin, can sustain as the 2013-14 NHL season progresses. Before we get ahead of ourselves and declare the decisions to bring in Tortorella and retain Roberto Luongo as the pinnacles of Mike Gillis’ career, let’s remember that dreaded phrase ‘sample size’.

Gameday skate: Canucks visit Devils for early season rematch vs. Schneider

Cory Schneider, Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Thursday’s five things to look out for.The Vancouver Canucks play vs. the New Jersey Devils. The Canucks will face a familiar foe in Cory Schneider again tonight as they visit the New Jersey Devils for an early season rematch. Alex Burrows participated in a full skate with the Canucks today and could make his return to the lineup tonight against his old teammate. David Booth is expected to start tonight’s game.

ICYMI…Canucks vs. Islanders: Van City escape OT in exciting 5-4 win

Chris Higgins

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 N.Y. Islanders. The Vancouver Canucks escaped another close game on Tuesday beating the New York Islanders in overtime thanks to the late heroics of Kevin Bieksa. Sunday in Columbus Jeremy Welsh, Tom Sestito, and Dale Weise combined for only 12:17 of ice time. Tuesday Andrew Alberts (Vancouver’s 12th forward) and Tom Sestito combined for only 3:07 on the ice.

10 Games In…The 2013 Vancouver Canucks

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the beginning of the season for the Vancouver Canucks. Through 10 games, the team is 5-4-1. It’s not a great start, but the team has shown potential. Mike Santorelli has started hot, Henrik Sedin is putting the team on his back and Jason Garrison is behind only PK Subban in the defensive scoring race. All that said, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler have been struggling offensively, while Dan Hamhuis has looked sluggish and possibly hurt.

Gameday skate: Canucks continue road trip opposite the Islanders

It's been a good week in Vancouver (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Tuesday’s five things to look out for.The Vancouver Canucks play vs. the NY Islanders. Following a pair of weekend losses the Canucks continue their seven-game road trip tonight against the struggling Islanders. New York native Chris Higgins is expected to play in front of a gang of familiar fans tonight at Nassau Coliseum as the forward visits home. Roberto Luongo will be back in net.

Ryan Kesler: Wingman or Centre?

Ryan Kesler

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the 2013 Canucks and what John Tortorella should do with Winger, no center Ryan Kesler. The big issue is that putting Kesler on the wing takes away one of the Canucks better face off men and likely the team’s most defensively responsible forward. Here are a few pros and cons for #17 lining up on the wing. For as good as Kesler is defensively, he’s got great offensive sense too.

Gameday Skate: Canucks visit Cody Hodgson’s Sabres for first time

Zack Kassian approves of his team's work in the community.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us tonights five things to look out for. The Vancouver Canucks will visit an old friend for the first time tonight as they take on Cody Hodgson and the struggling Sabres at First Niagara Center. Kev points out Dan Hamhuis has had a rough start to the season, but only recently has it become evident that Hamhuis is playing through some sort of ailment.

In praise of Mike Santorelli, the Canucks’ human Swiss Army knife

Santorelli has already bested his point total from last season

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone checks in with his with a Version 2 of the Mike Santorelli nw athlete profile blog. When Mike Santorelli first signed with the Canucks during the off-season he was expected to fight for a spot on Vancouver’s third or fourth line, and yet only six games into the season the Burnaby, BC native seems to have played everywhere up and down the lineup.

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