NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Steve Lee weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from the last 10 games during the Canucks’ 2013/14 campaign. Robert Luongo, Eddie Lack and Daniel Sedin earned recognition last time out. This time its Kellen Lain, the Canucks fans, and Ryan Kesler. If the Canucks are truly trying to be a playoff contender, Kes is going to show up on a nightly basis.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Canucks win on Tuesday night. The Canucks strolled into Edmonton, got excellent goaltending from Roberto Luongo and did just enough to edge the Oilers 2-1. Edmonton’s only goal was a pretty questionable one, as Sam Gagner was basically shoved into Luongo. Nice win team. More please.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges previews th Vancouver Canucks bottom six next year. The patchwork system of Jordan Schroeder, Derek Roy and even Mason Raymond at times is now down to Schroeder, newly signed Brad Richardson and a handful of promising prospects. It wouldn’t be a problem if a fourth line centre spot was all that was up for grabs, but the Canucks knew last year that Schroeder wasn’t the solution on the third line.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the youth movement going on in Van City. He points 2013 NHL Entry draft picks Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk when added to a prospect pool that includes Niklas Jensen, Brendan Gaunce, Frank Corrado, and Kellan Lain, not to mention Zack Kassian and Chris Tanev on the big club that things in Van don’t seem so bad. Nice job Mike Gillis.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Phil Slater talks about Vancouver’s options for getting bigger, something they need to do to stop being pushed around and intimidated by other teams. “Younger and bigger” was Mike Gillis’ answer on how to produce results. Concerned that the NHL is trending to a more physical, less skilled nature and tired about his team being leaned on too much without much push back. Could we see Jimmy Hayes, Martin Hanzal, or Jamie Oleksiak in Van city?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Andrew Deutschmann gives us some snippets of Mike Gillis’ post season press conference, or lack there of. No, the news of the firing of AV didn’t come, not yet at least. There is still time for that. But what intrigued Andrew the most was the fact that Gillis touched on some of the young guys like Kellan Lain, Brendan Gaunce, Nicklas Jensen, and Frank Corrado.
NWSB Canucks writer Josh Hall says the panic button remains in a distant land…kind of like how the Vancouver Canucks remain atop the Northwest Division and 3rd place in the Western Conference. Cory Schneider didn’t have his best game but there were signs that the needed meshing is taking place at this vital time of the season. What do the next 14 days hold? This team can do better and has proven that so there should be no doubt a deep playoff run remains a possibility.
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.