NWSB insider & blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at some of the available coaches for the Canucks vacancy, and provides a list of the three most likely candidates as of this moment. There’s familiarity abound in this list, which includes, of all people, Marc Crawford.
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.
Josh Hall sat down with Vancouver Giants centre Anthony Ast (from different computers of course) for this exclusive twitterview. Anthony, born in Richmond, dreams of being an NHL’er and by the sounds of it, will do just about anything to fulfill that dream. The 17 year old is on the right track. He says, “I want this to be my life because I can’t imagine doing anything else.” – Perfect answer!
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks writer Josh Hall is back with his top 5 first round picks for the Vancouver Canucks at the upcoming draft in just 12 days. Will Mike Gillis focus on defense, forwards or the between the pipes. Josh gives suggestions for all of those but perhaps the brightest one in number 4. Slater Koekkoek, Erik Karlsson, Franky Palazzese to name a few. Have a read.
Dave B. Profiles one of the Northwests own, Defenseman Karl Alzner of the Washington Capitals. Dave tells us how Karl Alzener hails from Burnaby BC, and how he made his way up the ranks of the CHL into the NHL, collecting a captaincy for Team Canada at the World Juniors along the way and how he started his Junior career for the Calgary Hitman.
Dave B. Profiles one of the classiest hockey players of all time, Joe Sakic. The Burnaby born and bred sniper played 20 seasons and now has his number retired by the Colorado Avalanche, the organization he spent his entire career with, including the first few with the Quebec Nordiques. He remains part of the NHL landscape today as Executive Advisor and Alternate Governor for the Avs.
NWSB Blogger Dave B. checks in this time with a Northwest Athlete Profile on Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner. After minor hockey, Stoner played Junior B for the Campbell River Storm and eventually graduated to Junior A where he played for another Vancouver Island team, the Powell River Kings. Stoner scored his first NHL goal on January 4, 2011.
NWSB Blogger Dave B. checks in this time with a Northwest Athlete Profile on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Stephan Elliot. He had his NHL debut on November 25th 2011 – he would score his first NHL goals a day later against Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers. He continues to be a bright future star on the Colorado Avalanche roster.
Resident Vancouver Canucks and hockey insider Josh Hall is back with his third exclusive twitterview for NWSB. This time around, it’s Northwest native Victoria, BC born Sean O’ Connor; Captain for the Augsburger Panther of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Sean currently makes his off season home in Arizona but when it’s hockey season, he’s kickin’ ass on German soil.
NWSB Blogger Dave B. checks in this time with a Northwest Athlete Profile of none other than Cam Neely. Vancouver Canucks fans won’t soon forget the haunting affects that the Neely trade has had on the editions of the Canucks since. The trade’s ripples still echo to this day as the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to Neely’s now Boston Bruins last June.