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Behind Closed Doors: Jordan Schroeder

Behind Closed Doors: Jordan Schroeder A weekly blog written by Schroeder, a new poster on CDC, who will take an insight look into the top prospects in the Vancouver Canucks Organization, beginning with Jordan Schroeder. In this weekly installment, interesting facts, such as the prospects' education and past life will be highlighted, along with past accolades from previous levels of hockey. Taken 22nd Overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 2009, Schroeder has been looked upon as one of

Schroeder

Schroeder

 

Western Conference Mini-Preview

With Ryan Getzlaf healthy and Corey Perry's emergence as the West's best power forward, the Ducks boast one of the league's best duos. What should be concerning is their defense. The Ducks are expecting Brett Festerling, Brendan Mikkelson, Stu Bickell, Luca Sbisa, and perhaps Cam Fowler, if he makes the team, to log consistent NHL-calibre minutes, but if they can't then the Ducks' atrocious 251 GA (fourth-worst in West) could look even uglier. Offense: B, Defense: C+, Goaltending: B- Other

Jason Chen

Jason Chen

 

Eastern Conference Mini-Preview

When Ilya Kovalchuk scores, Atlanta was six games over .500. When he doesn't, they were five games under. Even Nicklas Bergfors, who averaged a point per game with more quality in ice-time since his departure from New Jersey, is re-signed, expecting 40 goals out of him is like hoping Sami Salo's body can stay intact for an entire season. The rest of the roster is filled with former Chicago depth players and a bunch of inconsistent youngsters like Bryan Little and Angelo Esposito. Nik Antropov ca

Jason Chen

Jason Chen

 

Willie Mitchell was never in Mike Gillis' long-term plans.

The more I look at Gillis' approach to team-building, the more 'post-lockout Detroit' it looks. Detroit doesn't have a $3.5 mil 'shutdown' defenseman and they do quite alright. However, they have a hall-of-fame captain defenseman named Nick Lidstrom. Now... Believe it or not, Christian Ehrhoff just had a comparable season to Lidstrom on 09/10. His +/- was better. He had more goals. He had almost as many points. And his actual defensive ability was actually closer to Lidstrom's than

TOMapleLaughs

TOMapleLaughs

 

Olympic Status

Tucked away on the second page of NHL.com's 'Summit Speak' videos is a short clip of Pierre McGuire questioning Gary Bettman's stance on the NHL's participation in the Sochi Olympics. Unsurprisingly, Bettman remained reluctant to clarify his position and refused to take a stance for either side. This isn't news but there are some things that we can take from Bettman's comments. <img src="http://www.chriscreamer.com/images/logos/64/1784/full/7059.gif"class="imageFloatLeftFramed">Bettman

Jason Chen

Jason Chen

 

Settling The Score

More often than not, I agree with Brian Burke - the World Hockey Summit in Toronto that is coming to its conclusion was a fantastic idea... if you could fork over the $450 ticket price and believe that the NHL is willing to implement changes. To me, the Summit is a re-hash of ideas, some great, some not so much, but certainly by no means having a direct impact on hockey in general because of its lack of execution. Increased scoring, financial viability of certain teams, expansion, and the CBA we

Jason Chen

Jason Chen

 

YOUR BOOSTER CLUB NEEDS YOU

As the nights of August start to show the signs of a fall chill, televised footage of pro players skating, and with Jr B leagues playing exhibition games, this means that the ECHL season is not far off. By early October teams will be holding training camps all across the continent. This is an excellent time to get involved with the Victoria Salmon Kings Booster Club. You can help on various game nights by helping to "man" one of our two table before games and between periods. Help in deliver
 

Top 5 Calder Candidates For the 2010-11 Season

With the pre-season only a few weeks away, the excitement is building for 2010/2011. As always, a new group of rookies will enter the league in hopes of sticking with their NHL clubs. If a rookie does well enough throughout the season, he could challenge for the Calder Trophy. Here's my top 5 list of the players that should be in the running. 1. Jamie McBain, D The Carolina Hurricanes had a tough season in 2009-10, but there were a few bright spots in the way of prospects coming up

Intoewsables

Intoewsables

 

Free Agency Attrition

Nearing the end of the third week in August, with training camp yet to begin, the Vancouver Canucks roster is already looking different. Buffalo Sabres selected Keith Ballard 11 overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (photo courtesy of Yardbarker) General Manager Mike Gillis wasted no time augmenting the blueline with the addition of Dan Hamhuis, in a very surprising turn of events at the beginning of Free Agency. Though the Philadelphia Flyers had obtained exclusive rights to negoti

Larenzo

Larenzo

 

A(void)ed

This summer wasn't supposed to feature big name free agents. Marian Hossa. Marc Savard. Chris Pronger. Roberto Luongo. Most people aren't shocked this deal was struck down. I wasn't either. When it was announced Kovalchuk's contract was going to be investigated you knew this wasn't headed anywhere good. I was, and still am, surprised an investigation was conducted in the first place. <img src="http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2010/07/20/alg_resize_ilya-kovalchuk.jpg"class="imageFloat

Jason Chen

Jason Chen

 

Western Conference: 2010-11 must or bust?

Western Conference 1. Detroit Red Wings - I think they still have a lot left in the tank, injuries hurt them a lot last season, but still had 102 points! Now, they have a competent goaltender who can play in both the regular season and playoffs well. They regained Jiri Hudler and got Ruslan Salei recently. Great depth everywhere. (Point range: 110-115 points) 2. Vancouver Canucks - Offense was retained. Defense was taking us nowhere. Enter Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis. 3rd line was a sc

ReverendMayhem93

ReverendMayhem93

 

Eastern Conference: 2010-11 on the horizon

Hello, all. First off, I just want to say that I am not looking to be loved or hated and sometimes this blog will be fairly controversial and love it or hate it, I am here to entertain first and foremost. This blog will be about the forecast for next season. No, not the weather. Rather, who has the best chance to win the Cup where I rank the teams and why they are ranked there. Keep in mind I am trying to take this from a hockey analyst position and not a Canucks fan position. Cause it's s

ReverendMayhem93

ReverendMayhem93

 

The legendary career of Frederick 'Cyclone' Taylor

This is my lead article on http://www.chillerinstinct.com/ right now and I implore you to have a closer look at one of the game's first true superstars. There is a reason that his son Fred Taylor Jr. saw fit to name an entire sporting good store chain after his sire. As I was working on a profile for Cyclone Taylor for a European/Swedish database site that I work for (Eliteprospects.com), I got more and more intrigued about the legacy of the man. Every once in a while I put up a prospect

Robin Keith Thompson

Robin Keith Thompson

 

TRULY A GENTLEMAN AND A FUTURE VICTORIA SPORTS HALL OF FAMER

With style and panache, Wes Goldie patrolled the right wing for the Victoria Salmon Kings over the course of four seasons. In that time, he became the team career leader in many offensive categories. Four consecutive 40 goal campaigns, a remarkable feat that may not be eclipsed for a long time. History was made with his 48 goals in 2008-2009 when he went ahead of the 46 goal single season Victoria minor pro record set by Andy Hebenton in 1954-55. In February 2010, Wes Goldie went ahead of Ryan W
 

The Sedins, Once a Joke, Now The Toast of The Town

When Henrik Sedin was drafted in 1999 along with his brother Daniel 2nd and 3rd overall respectively, Canucks fans and the NHL had no idea what they were getting. The twin brothers entered the NHL in the 2000-2001 season and showed a little bit of why they were drafted so high. Daniel netted 20 goals in his rookie season while Henrik bagged 29 points. These first points were the start of something extraordinary as the brothers have become one of the most potent dynamic duos in the NHL. Ever sinc

mzator21

mzator21

 

Penticton: Young Stars Tournament

Prior to the Vancouver Canucks Veteran camp in Penticton, the NHL's youngest and most notable up-and-comers will be on display September 12-16, 2010. Jordan Schroeder, Vancouver's first selection (22nd overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft in Montreal The Young Stars tournament will be an 8 game round robin tournament, featuring some blue chip talent from the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers. Dan Ashton, Mayor of Penticton, spoke to

Larenzo

Larenzo

 

Realistic Replacements: Mason Raymond

A second line left wing. That is what Mason Raymond is, that is what the Canucks need. Raymond already a part of the team and a suitable role for that position, so it's natural the Canucks pursue resigning him. Raymond is going through arbitration now, because he feels he can fetch more dollars than what he was offered. The rumblings are that his agent will present a strong case for making upto 4 million per year. Is that worth his value? Should Canucks decide to walk away from him, let's

itsJULES

itsJULES

 

"You Can't Hold the Cards Forever"

During an interview with Ben Kuzma and Jason Botchford (from The Province) on Team 1040 Radio, Barry MacDonald spoke about Mike Gillis' cap room situation, and the Vancouver Canucks need to move Kevin Bieksa, soon. According to Team 1040 Radio, at least 6 teams are competing for the services of Kevin Bieksa (all photos courtesy of Yardbarker.com) With the somewhat surprising additions of Dan Hamhuis and Keith Ballard to the Vancouver defensive core, Kevin Bieksa looks to have played hi

Larenzo

Larenzo

 

The Devils Rejected

<img src="http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/ap/devils%20kovalchuk%20hockey--810173562_v2.rp350x350.jpg"class="imageFloatLeftFramed">Ilya Kovalchuk was all smiles and cracking jokes when he signed a record-breaking 17 year pact with the Devils for $102 million. Even with a declining Martin Brodeur and the future in net uncertain, by signing the Russian sniper the Devils look to remain playoff staples for the next decade. That all came to a crashing halt today. Kovalchuk is now stuck in lim

Jason Chen

Jason Chen

 

Lame Duck Bieksa

All things considered, Kevin Bieksa seems to be on the outside looking in. With the acquisitions of Dan Hamhuis and Keith Ballard the Canucks don't have enough room to keep everyone. Alex Edler and Christian Ehrhoff aren't going anywhere, so at $3.75 million Bieksa is a very expensive third pair defenseman. Salo, Hamhuis, and Ballard all have no-trade clauses. I imagine none of the three will be asked to waive those clauses and if asked would be unwilling. Ben Kuzma of The Province lists Anaheim

Jason Chen

Jason Chen

 

Mascot Games: Day 1

<img  src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/01/fin_blog.jpg"  class="imageFloatRightFramed">Great start for Team Blue today on the first day of the 18th Annual Celebrity Mascot Games! WE WON! Okay, so we chose teams yesterday and here is my team: Harry The Hawk - Atlanta Hawks Stanley C. Panther - Florida Panthers Aubie - Auburn Tigers Dodger The Cat - Fort Worth Dodgers (AA) Goldy - Minnesota Gophers Thunderbug - Tampa Bay Lightning I chose my looking for dexter

Mascot Fin

Mascot Fin

 

Mascot Games 2010

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/01/fin_blog.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">Hello Canuck Nation! Wow what a crazy first 2 weeks of July for the Vancouver Canucks! Some big signings, Summer Summit, and re-naming our building to Rogers Arena! Exciting times for sure. It is exciting for me as I am in Orlando, Florida for the 18th Annual Celebrity Mascot Games. This is my 8th consecutive Games which definitely makes me a veteran. I am the Captain of Blue T

Mascot Fin

Mascot Fin

 

Pity for Mitchell

In the same offseason that Commissioner Gary Bettman receives a pay hike to $7.23 M per, Willie Mitchell will receive less money because of Bettman's indifference. It's not easy being a Vancouver Canuck defenseman these days. In the 2009/10 season, the Canucks lost the most man games for blueliners. The competition arising from those stifling injuries is intense, with Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis being brought into the ranks. Willie Mitchell was hit from behind January 15th by Evgeni Mal

Larenzo

Larenzo