The NWSB staff weighs in with their 2013 Vancouver Canucks season lineup prognostications and team roster predictions. First up Mitch says Ryan Kesler is still rehabbing from two off-season surgeries, and we’re going to see a big hole to start the year down the middle on the second line. Andrew Ebbett, and Jordan Schroeder are competing for the spot. We know Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows will man the top line.
NWSB insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges tells us what we can expect from Kevin Bieksa and his buddies in the Canucks vs. UBC charity hockey game coming up soon in Vancouver. Let’s face it, hockey in Vancouver is stressful. Every game is the biggest game of the year, and every reputation is based on the most recent shift. Can Cory Schneider, Daniel Sedin, and Henrik Sedin have fun?
NWSB insider and Vancouver Canucks hockey blogger Richard Hodges gives us his top 5 fearless predictions for the 2012 Vancouver Canucks hockey team. (The Lockout edition) It will be a tougher division but if the Canucks don’t finish on top the wounds will be probably be self-inflicted rather than from a burgeoning rival. How is the center depth? Manny Malhotra, Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler enough? Richard says no.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck points out today that Shane Doan is the guy the Canucks really want, but they are also talking with Jason Arnott. See him as fit for 3rd line centre position. He could also fill in as 2nd line center if prospect Jordan Schroeder isn’t ready for the NHL while Ryan Kesler recovers from off season shoulder surgery.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger The Flying V – Kevin Vanstone weighs in on the Ryan Kesler shoulder injury, will he or won’t he start the season? The trickle down effects and questions. If Maxim Lapierre is moved up to the second line, Chicago Wolves’ center Jordan Schroeder depth chart, what kind of minutes will Manny Malhotra get? In the meantime, it is up to Gillis to decide if his hockey team can afford to learn on the fly.
NWSB Rookie Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck puts pen to paper today with some thoughts on the Canucks pending 2013 Free agent Maxim Lapierre. it’s part 5 of his 2012 offseason series Future Forecast. Mitch thinks that although he doesn’t make a lot of money, Lapierre doesn’t want to stay a 4th line center for the rest of his career. We’ll know more in July of 2013.
NWSB Rookie Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck puts pen to paper today with some thoughts on the Canucks pending 2013 Free agent Manny Malhotra. it’s part 2 of his 2012 offseason series Future Forecast. Unfortunately for the Canucks and Malhotra, he suffered a devastating injury on March 16th, 2011. A deflected puck caught Manny above the right eye. Then Manny’s first year back wasn’t his best.
Richard Hodges has taken multiple breaths since the season ended just to make sure he can soundly type something that makes sense and trust me, he waited long enough. Rich delivers a gem that suggest three areas the Vancouver Canucks need to focus on at the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. I’m thinking this is where we solve that goalie dilemma of ours. Dalton Thrower should be a name to watch for.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with his thoughts on the 2012 Canucks off-season and possible trade scenarios in his Canucks tradewinds article Version 1.0. 2009 first-round pick Jordan Schroeder is going to get a heavy look in training camp. time to break up with Mason Raymond. Cory Schneider is worth more in a trade. Sign Jason Garrison as soon as possible.
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks writer Richard Hodges chimes in with his off-season analysis. He says to make another cup run the Canucks brass need to probably take a good hard look at finding someone who can score a goal or two or at the least, AND set up Ryan Kesler and David Booth with some regularity. He says Mason Raymond is an easy answer to who should NOT be back in 2012/13.
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.