Make or break year for the Canucks Jordan Schroeder

2013-14 will be a make-or-break year for Jordan Schroeder.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka details why the 2013-14 NHL season is a mak-or-break year for Jordan Schroeder. With Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler taking up the top two centre positions, the logical place to slot Schroeder in is as a third line centre, but even that seems a little up in the air. To top it all off, Schroeder is coming off of shoulder surgery. This year is basically Schroeder’s last chance…right?

David Booth hopes to be ‘third try lucky’ for Van City in 2013

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges talks about David Booth and how he needs to prove himself to the organization and fans in 2013/14. Originally coming to Vancouver in a move that saw many fans applaud the front office, Booth has failed to live up to the hype and has been somewhat injury-riddled, leading many to cast him off as a bust. Will 2013/14 be the year he finally proves himself?

It doesn’t make sense for Frank Corrado to begin the year in Vancouver

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges discusses whether Frank Corrado should start the 2013-14 NHL season in Utica or in the big league. After being one of the final cuts at the World Junior camp last year, Corrado played three games for the Chicago Wolves after his junior season was over before making the jump to Vancouver and playing in three regular season games and four playoff games.

2013 Fantasy hockey radar: Vancouver Canucks edition

Zack Kassian should be fresh in his first regular season action tonight against the Habs.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger is here to fill that void that has been empty for months: fantasy. You don’t even have to look outside of the Canucks roster to draft, either! Between Alex Burrows, Alex Edler, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, Ryan Kesler or Roberto Luongo, you can’t go wrong. Happy drafting and may the hockey gods favor you Vancouver Canucks fans. Remember, if in doubt grab Pavel Bure.

Four undrafted under-the-radar Vancouver Canucks

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka brings us 4 potential future Canucks. The Young Stars tourney has quite a bit to talent to choose from, but Ben likes Daniel Jonson, Jesse Mychan, Philippe Maillet and Zach Hall as possibilities to join the big club.

Who may surprise at Vancouver Canucks young guns tourney?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Alex McPhee previews the team’s young guns tournament by giving us a few names to look out for. Zach Hall, Daniel Johnston, Cain Franson, David Pacan and Jesse Mychan all make the list. Joacim Eriksson and Henrik Tommernes also receive mentions.

Mike Gillis’ best moves five years into his tenure

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a deeper look at the top five moves that Canucks GM Mike Gillis has made during his tenure in Van City. If you remember, Gillis was originally an agent who had the like of Markus Naslund and Pavel Bure under his thumb. So he was no stranger around these parts to begin with. But our Alex takes a closer look at some of the moves like Chris Tanev, Max Lapierre, Jordan Schroeder, and Nicklas Jensen, etc.

Relationship advice with (fake) Dr. Travis B. Erbacher – Luongo edition

When someone asks you if you’re going to show up to do your job, don’t reply “well, I guess I have to”.

NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Travis Erbacher weighs in today on the rocky relationship between GM Mike Gillis & on again off again Nucks backstop Roberto Luongo. He says Lu has to suck it up. Play great hockey. Win us a Stanley Cup. Win us a gold medal. He also says Lu should when asked if you’re going to show up to do your job, don’t reply “well, I guess I have to”. You signed a contract of your own free will Lu, now honour it.

What can we take away from the Luongo interview with TSN?

Roberto Luongo finally speaks out - Photo: Jeff Vinnick

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a deeper look at the recent two-part candid interview goaltender Roberto Luongo had with TSN host James Duthie. Luongo goes into detail about the feelings of a divorce between him and the team that signed him to the 12-year, $64-million contract and how he was prepared to move on into the next chapter of his career. There’s a strong possibility this season is his last as a Canuck.

Finding a Fit: Remaining Free Agents and the Canucks

Off season possibilities for the Canucks - Photo: National Post

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a look at which free agent forwards may be a good fit for the Canucks. With names such as Mikhail Grabovski, Damien Brunner, Brendan Morrow and Brad Boyes available, there are definitely some intriguing options out there. Adding any of these pieces could prove to be valuable, or could also just as easily flop.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité – The NHL and LGBT rights

Could tonight be Ryan Kesler's last game at Rogers Arena?

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Travis Erbacher takes a hard look at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia where LGBT athletes and spectators will be at risk of persecution, particularly if they live an open life and refuse to hide their sexual orientation. The Russian government has defended its law by claiming it does not violate the Olympics anti-discrimination requirement. The IOC has appallingly said that it is “satisfied” with this nonsense.

Draft Watch 2014: West Vancouver’s Sam Reinhart

Draft prospect Sam Reinhart.  Photo: Last Word

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a look at 2014 NHL entry draft prospect, West Vancouver’s centerman Sam Reinhart. Sam Reinhart is a player who makes those around him better and projects to be a future top-line forward in the NHL. The attributes that stand out are his strong two-way game, leadership and, maybe most of all, his hockey IQ. Furthermore, Reinhart is a coach’s dream- a player who you want out in every situation, who works his butt off and is responsible defensively.

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