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AV & Rangers

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with with things to love and some things to hate about the 2013 preseason for the Canucks. He points out Brendan Gaunce had a decent camp that hints he may well be ready in a year or two to don the Orca full-time. He goes on to say we can’t say the same for Nicklas Jensen’s camp. Roberto Luongo’s performance last Saturday in Edmonton not good. Last night vs. NYR however was great.

Four undrafted under-the-radar Vancouver Canucks


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.

New era? Or just a new wave of Vancouver Canucks?

Vancouver Canucks v Edmonton Oilers

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.

ICYMI…Fifth shutout for Schneider, Canucks defeat Coyotes

Kesler goal

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Phoenix Coyotes. Richard points out where once a tag team of Alex Burrows and Mason Raymond centred the second line and Jordan Schroeder tried to tread water on the third, the Canucks now boast perhaps their most impressive centre depth in the Mike Gillis era. Enter Derek Roy.

ICYMI…Canucks get their revenge over Oilers

Canucks vs. Oilers April 4

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Edmonton Oilers. Richard points out that the power play is still a struggle for the Canucks. On the bright side, Cory Schneider is shutting teams out, making the battle for starting netminder an interesting one. Oh yeah, Zach Kassian finally scored – his first since January!

Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks Game 37 notes, prediction & tweets!

Canucks vs. Oilers

Richard Hodges previews the Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks April 4th matchup. Richard says the Canucks addressed their biggest need and there’s no reason to believe this team isn’t better than last week. Derek Roy gives this line-up some scary flexibility. You can bitch about the lack of depth moves until you’re blue in the face, but the Roy acquisition is significant. Yes Roberto Luongo hates his contract, its his birthday today, Cory Schneider is in net. Deal with it.

ICYMI…Canucks get blown out, check that, lose close game to Sharks

Nucks Sharks Widescreen

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s tough loss to the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. Richard points out Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin collectively this season, are slumping. When’s the last time they’ve scored a goal that grabbed you from your seat? The only thing worse than the league’s worst powerplay is not having any chances at all for the second time in three games.

Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks Game 36 notes, prediction & tweets!

Kevin Bieksa

Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks April 1st matchup. Richard says injuries are mounting for Van City. Add Mason Raymond to a list that includes Dale Weise and Keith Ballard. Kevin Bieksa didn’t take the morning skate either but there’s no word yet on him not playing. The Sharks open a four game homestand at HP Pavilion tonight where they’re 11-1-4. Also for the Sharks, Jason Demers didn’t play Saturday and will be a game-day decision.

22 down 26 to go! Canucks 2013 overachievers and underachievers

Stars vs. Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac weighs in on the overachievers and underachievers in Van City. Keith Ballard looked like he had it all sorted out at last, skating well and moving the puck crisply, then Chris Tanev moved up in the defence pairings and the familiar error prone Ballard was once again back in the Coach V doghouse. Kevin Bieksa is the one defenseman who has been steady on both ends of the ice.

Five things to NOT like about the Canucks re-signing Mason Raymond

Mason Raymond

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Reggie Gill weighs in with his ananlysis of the current news of the day. That oft-maligned winger Mason Raymond has resigned with the team today. While a 1-year salary of $2.27 million US is a $325,000 pay cut from Mason Raymond’s salary of last season, will it be too much for where Raymond will ultimately end up at the end of the year?

2012 offseason: Vancouver Canucks prospect watch Nicklas Jensen

Nicklas Jensen

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks writer C-Mac weighs in with the first Canucks player we will evaluate, as part of a series on the organization’s top prospects in the 2012 NHL off-season is the second Dane in the Vancouver organization Nicklas Jensen. Jensen was promoted to the Chicago Wolves minor league affiliate of the Canucks this spring.

Should Niklas Jensen Make the Vancouver Canucks?

Nicklas Jensen

BC Sports beat writer Richard Hodges points out perhaps the most pleasant surprise of Vancouver Canucks training camp has been the play of rookie winger Nicklas Jensen. Much like the Vancouver Canucks Jordan Schroeder, and to a lesser extent Cody Hodgson, 2011 first round draft pick Niklas Jensen may have an opportunity afforded by injuries.

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