NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger Alex McPhee weighs in today with his analysis of the Canucks draft picks and prospects. Bo Horvat, Cole Cassels, Hunter Shinkaruk, Jordan Subban, Anton Celerholm, Mike Williamson, Miles Liberati are introduced to Vancouver hockey fans. Alex points out these Canucks rooks aren’t gunning for top line spots yet, so let’s all just calm down for a minute.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka weighs in on which players are overrated and which players are underrated a we approach the 2013-14 NHL season. Lypka covers Dan Hamhuis, Daniel Sedin, Zack Kassian, Ryan Kessler and Jannik Hansen. He goes on to say for the amount of ice time and power play time he gets, Sedin needs to put up bigger numbers.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges brings us five burning questions about the 2014 Heritage Classic between the Canucks and the Ottawa Senators at BC Place. First question is the most obvious one, does this really constitute as an outdoor game? BC Place merely has a retractable roof it is not an outdoor stadium, and what if the weather doesn’t want to play nice, then what? But perhaps the biggest question asked by Richard is why the Sens?
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Travis Erbacher weighs in today on the rocky relationship between Canucks nation and GM Mike Gillis. He says in order to salvage the relationship with Roberto Luongo, Gillis needs to tell the truth. Admit that you bungled the situation and you just might earn the respect of Roberto Luongo and even your most strident critic. Stay tuned for more relationship advice with (Fake) Dr. Travis B. Erbacher.
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 talks about the strange goalie situation in Vancouver after the trade of Cory Schneider to the Devils for the 8th overall pick. Creating a perplexing situation for Roberto Luongo in the past year, he still isn’t back in the fold. After being left for dead with his departure painfully strung out over 12 long months, it’s no small detail to get him to re-commit to the Vancouver Canucks.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Andrew Deutchmann welcomes the newest addition to the Canucks, Bo Horvat, center out of London in the OHL. Horvat is a 6 ft 211 lb 18 year old that will most likely spend at least the next season in the AHL before making his splash up in Vancouver. He played along side a couple other standout Knights, Max Domi (Phoenix 2013) and Alex Broadhurst (Chicago 2011) he finished 4th on the team in scoring. This should bring some much needed help to the Canucks.
NWSB Canucks blogger Josh Hall recaps the 2013 NHL draft for the Vancouver Canucks two first round picks. Josh points out it finally happened Sunday as the Canucks traded away goalie Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils.In return they got to pick Bo Horvat, then with their second 1st round pick they chose Hunter Shinkaruk. A good day for Van City. Mike Gillis certainly isn’t making it easy to form an opinion on him.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the first day interview of Canucks new head coach John Tortorella. It was a relatively calm interview for the man who is known to drop f-bombs like it’s going out of style. Torts talked about the mission Mike Gillis has in plan for the Canucks, and the plan for the Sedins to kill some penalties. All in all it makes you wish opening night was here already.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Andrew Deutchmann gives you his perspective on the signing of new Cancuks head coach John Tortorella. At first when Andrew heard that Mike Gillis was going to interview Torts for the job he wasn’t too amused. But ever since then the idea has grown on him, and now he thinks it may even be a good thing. If not, Andrew thinks it will be a long five years in Van City.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us the official hiring of John Tortorella today is good for Van City. Simply put, John Tortorella is a talented hockey coach with a very low tolerance for incompetence. Kevin says Alain Vigneault was notorious for employing a defensive style of play while rarely opening the game up with a healthy roster, and asks will Tortorella find balance between Safe Is Death and The Shot-Blocking Blues?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges brings us a situation that has risen in the Vancouver Canucks clubhouse. With AV gone to New York, Gillis must find a suitable replacement for the first time in his tenure in Vancouver. Will John Tortorella or John Stevens be the next coach of the Canucks or will it be a darkhorse candidate? If Mike Gillis can’t reverse course, this stink is on him.