Ben Lypka our Vancouver Canucks insider and NWSB Blogger weighs in today with an opinion piece on the Canucks 2013 Stanley Cup fortunes. He says just wait till next year! I’d say the writing was on the wall when Vancouver refused to keep any of their young talent even for a seven game test drive at the start of the season. One of Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk or even Brendan Gaunce should have been given at least a short look. Next year is promising.
NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the breakout campaign that Christopher Tanev is in, and muses on whether the Canucks can expect more from their young, undrafted defenceman. He’s playing the toughest competition of his career, mostly with Dan Hamhuis, and holding his own quite well. His offensive upside is looked at, as Tanev is on pace for the best season offensively of his young career as well.
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.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges wonders aloud where the team can go from here. As the memories of that long road trip and the dominance of the Sedin/Kesler line fade, the Vancouver Canucks are stuck in a rut of playing well, but not good enough to win. It’s a familiar feeling over the past few years.
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 Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Chicago Blackhawks win over the Canucks on Saturday night. Ben calls out Dan Hamhuis, Zach Kassian, and Alex Burrows. As Ben put it, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were noticeable the entire game and had genuine scoring chances. Watching a guy like Duncan Keith play last night is proof of just how far away Hamhuis is from wearing the red and white.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Florida Panthers win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. Ben calls out Alex Edler, Ryan Kesler, Zach Kassian, and the brothers Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin. As Ben put it, Roberto Luongo was really the only player on Vancouver that brought his working boots on a night when the Canucks played one period it’s easy to lay the blame.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Dallas Stars win over the Canucks on Sunday night. Ben calls out Coach Tortorella. The Sedins (Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin) and Ryan Kesler have dried up and there is literally no one there to pick up the slack. It’s not like a guy like Jeremy Welsh even got a chance…Alex Burrows has no goals in 10 games and a guy making $4.5 million. Chris Higgins is working out there but he’s just not producing.
NWSB insider and Canucks blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the Vancouver Canucks, using advanced statistics to highlight the good, the bad and the ugly to this point in their season. The play of Ryan Stanton, Jason Garrison, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler and many more Canucks are looked at in depth to provide perspective on how each is performing.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Mitch Dyck breaks down the rivalry between Van City and the San Jose Sharks. Mitch says imagine this. The Canucks go up 6-0 (yeah, right) and during the intermission coach John Tortorella tells Roberto Luongo to let Joe Thornton score 4 so they can see what he does. The Canucks and Sharks are looking a lot more like enemies than friends.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Phoenix Coyotes win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. Ben calls out Chris Tanev. He needs to make up his mind about blocking shots. The Coyotes first goal was entirely on him and he’s been screening Roberto Luongo. Is it just Ben or has Ryan Stanton been the best story for the Canucks so far this year? No more Sedins on the penalty shot please! Hell put Zac Dalpe in there.
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.