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 Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Wednesday’s things to look out for in the Detroit Red Wings vs. Canucks matchup. The Vancouver Canucks host the Detroit Red Wings tonight for their lone game of the season at Rogers Arena. While Thomas Holmstrom is long gone Roberto Luongo can expect a healthy amount of traffic crossing through his crease again tonight against the pesky Red Wings.
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 Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Monday’s things to look out for in the Washington Capitals vs. Canucks Monday evening matchup. After surviving a successful road trip the Vancouver Canucks are back in the comfortable confines of Rogers Arena to take on the Washington Capitals tonight. The Canucks went 5-1-1 on their latest lengthy journey but also lost four forwards. Dale Weise, Jordan Schroeder, Jannik Hansen, and David Booth.
NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Ben Lypka recaps the Lions’ last contest against the Edmonton Eskimos . Giving game balls to Buck Pierce, JR Larose and Stefan Logan. Lypka goes on to say not only did Logan have a good game on offense, he also was a beast on the return game. He averaged over 20 yards on kick returns and close to 10 yards on punt returns and those yards were sorely needed by the Lions – especially in the first half.
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 B.C. Lions’ blogger Ben Lypka asks why today. Why is Buck Pierce NOT playing in place of the injured Travis Lulay? Keep in mind that Pierce is less than two years removed from a solid season in which he helped the Winnipeg Blue Bombers win games playing pretty ugly football. The Bombers made it to the Grey Cup in 2011 and a lot of that was due to the impact Pierce had on that team.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Friday’s five things to look out for in the Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues matchup. The Nucks make the final stop of a seven-game road trip tonight, taking on a Blues team that has been waiting an entire week for the Canucks to come to town. The Canucks are 4-1-1 on the trip so far and would likely be pleased with any points tonight in St. Louis. Eddie Lack will be in net.
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.