NWSB insider and Canucks blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the Vancouver Canucks, using advanced statistics to highlight the good, the bad and the ugly to this point in their season. The play of Ryan Stanton, Jason Garrison, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler and many more Canucks are looked at in depth to provide perspective on how each is performing.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Mitch Dyck breaks down the rivalry between Van City and the San Jose Sharks. Mitch says imagine this. The Canucks go up 6-0 (yeah, right) and during the intermission coach John Tortorella tells Roberto Luongo to let Joe Thornton score 4 so they can see what he does. The Canucks and Sharks are looking a lot more like enemies than friends.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Phoenix Coyotes win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. Ben calls out Chris Tanev. He needs to make up his mind about blocking shots. The Coyotes first goal was entirely on him and he’s been screening Roberto Luongo. Is it just Ben or has Ryan Stanton been the best story for the Canucks so far this year? No more Sedins on the penalty shot please! Hell put Zac Dalpe in there.
NWSB blogger & insider J.D. Burke explores Mike Santorelli’s early production and determines it’s sustainability and where it will land him, long-term, with the Canucks. Advanced stats, graphs and even ordinary stats are used to accurately display a picture of whether this season is a flash in the pan or the mean. J.D. argues that Santorelli is best suited for third line duties, and presents valid reasoning to boot.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Mitch Dyck breaks down why David Booth is headed to the AHL to play for the Utica Comets. The Canucks made Booth a healthy scratch Oct. 22 against the New York Islanders. Canucks coach John Tortorella told the media that he felt like Booth wasn’t doing enough to play. In his absence, we’ve seen Darren Archibald, Andrew Alberts, Yanick Weber and Jeremy Welsh play; even Pascal Pelletier managed to get a game in with the Canucks.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the contracts signed by twins Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin this week for Van City. Ben points out a lot of that rejoicing is probably due to the fact that Henrik and Daniel have been, by far, the team’s best two forwards so far this season. Henrik has singlehandedly turned Ryan Kesler into a beast on the wing and Daniel is averaging a point a game.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Red Wings win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. Ben understands Torts decision to play his top players a lot but its October and I don’t think this amount of playing time is sustainable. Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin are 33 not 23 and they need to save something for the playoffs (where they usually suck anyways). Ben says Roberto Luongo kept this game close.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges gives us a look into the future, wondering if the team, specifically Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kessler and Daniel Sedin, can sustain as the 2013-14 NHL season progresses. Before we get ahead of ourselves and declare the decisions to bring in Tortorella and retain Roberto Luongo as the pinnacles of Mike Gillis’ career, let’s remember that dreaded phrase ‘sample size’.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the team’s longest road trip of the season — one that can be considered a resounding success. Ryan Kesler was the most noticeable he’s been in a while, and while playing alongside Henrik Sedin helps, so does six goals and three assists. Just like Kesler, Kevin Bieksa had a bit of a rough start, but he was flying for most of the road trip. Roberto Luongo was also a big difference maker.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck is back today to tell us just what the Nucks are doing with their frustrating to watch winger — the hunter David Booth. It’s a good thing hockey isn’t his passion, or else David Booth might be upset that he had to sit in the press box in Uniondale two nights ago. Mitch points out It might not be easy to move Booth without retaining some of his contract; even if the Canucks do retain a portion of it, there is no guarantee they can move him.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the beginning of the season for the Vancouver Canucks. Through 10 games, the team is 5-4-1. It’s not a great start, but the team has shown potential. Mike Santorelli has started hot, Henrik Sedin is putting the team on his back and Jason Garrison is behind only PK Subban in the defensive scoring race. All that said, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler have been struggling offensively, while Dan Hamhuis has looked sluggish and possibly hurt.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Bloggers Steve Lee gives us his three stars of the first 10 games. Making the cut are Jason Garrison, Robert Luongo and Mike Santorelli. Garrison recorded 2 goals, 7 assists; Luongo recorded 4 wins, 3 losses, 1 OTL, 1 Shutout; and Santorelli recorded 4 goals, 2 assists. Is it possible that the sixth-year centre will match his career high of 41 points (Florida 2010-11)?