For all the (justified?) boourns the Canucks' scouting staff have to deal with, every now and then they pick up a gem and it goes largely unnoticed.
That is until it's too obvious to ignore. Chris Tanev says hello, by the way.
There's no need to go through the Canucks' woeful drafting record in the past decade. Everything that needs to be said has been spoken. We're still wondering where Nathan Smith is and most of us still have R.J Umberger getting laid out by Brian Campb
It must be a difficult time to be a David Booth fan these days. There’s not much love in this city for the eccentric 28-year old, who came over from the Florida Panthers in 2011.
Since then, Booth has scored 18 goals and 35 points in 79 games. If those 79 games were over the course of a single season and not bits and pieces over two years, they wouldn’t be so bad. But considering Booth has spent more time in the infirmary than on the ice, there hasn’t been much traction to the Support Booth m
Blood, Sweat and Tears
Trials and tribulations in the pacific northwest
February 28 2013
It was never going to be easy.
But you can’t blame anyone for feeling as if the Canucks have the worst kind of luck these days.
After a lengthy and tumultuous lockout that killed half of the 2013 NHL season, the excitement over the return of hockey has squandered into frustration and anxiety for Vancouver fans.
With the season now nearing the halfway point, the Canuc
#15: Weathering the Sturm
By: John "Canorcas" Jang
Marco Sturm is a pretty smart guy. The veteran of 14 NHL seasons knows he's going to have to start producing results to help turn the team's slow start around. Don't be fooled by his calm and steady demeanor- Sturm is a fierce competitor who is known as a true team player and a respected leader. Currently sitting five games away from 900 regular season games in the NHL, the native of Dingolfing of former West
Jannik Hansen: True Grit
By John Jang
Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
Jannik Hansen: True Grit
As of Tuesday evening, the Vancouver Canucks currently sit atop the NHL standings with an impressive 55 points through 38 games. More impressively are the quality of teams that the Canucks now find themselves in the company of. The eternal Detroit Red Wings sit 2 points behind, while Atlantic Division heavyweights Philadelphia and Pittsburgh both threaten to dismantle the Canucks' position
Sauve looking for redemption after blown pre-season
October 4 2010
A little over a month ago, Yann Sauve arrived in Vancouver hoping to impress the Canucks' staff and to battle for a roster spot with the big club.
But fate had other plans for the 20-year old native of Rigaud, Quebec, who was the victim of a motor vehicle accident which left him with multiple abrasions to his face and body last September.
Yann Sauve enjoyed a career year with the St. John Sea Dogs las
The Rise of Guillaume Desbiens
September 30 2010
As the NHL pre-season comes to a close for the Vancouver Canucks, there is still stiff competition amongst a group of players to make the opening day lineup.
And not surprisingly, in the thick of things is Guillaume Desbiens.
The 25-year old winger of Alma, Quebec has turned heads with his big hits, big frame and the willingness to drop the gloves for big fights.
Guillaume Desbiens scored 34 points in 67 games
Mason Raymond ready to join 30-goal club
September 24 2010
Calling it a big year would be an understatement to describe last season for Mason Raymond. After a disappointing 23-point campaign in 08-09 that included a few trips to the press box, the Cochrane, Alberta-native silenced critics with the best argument possible: 25 goals and 53 points.
Benefiting from a permanent fix on the team's second line beside Ryan Kesler and Mikael Samuelsson, the 25-year old proved himself wort
It's like a first date gone bad.
The Canucks started out well, with a strong 2-goal first period performance that, apart from a Brent Seabrook tally, silenced the crowd at United Center.
But if the first period is anything like an introductory phase between two people on a first date, the second period was the actual event and the Canucks simply didn't show up.
There's nothing worse than being stood up, and although the 'Nucks didn't allow the Blackhawks to score any goals in the middl
It may not be the most highly anticipated game during the Olympics, but there is sure to be lots of talk when Team Canada meets Team USA on Olympic ice in Vancouver.
And when the puck drops between these two juggernauts, Ryan Kesler will become Team Canada's number one enemy.
It's been well documented and recorded that before this year, the only time that Team USA had defeated Canada in the World Juniors was when Kesler was on that team in 2004. Kesler will have a rare opportunity to make
Steadfast Sauve developing well with QMJHL's Sea Dogs
You can't blame anyone if they don't immediately recognize the name Yann Sauve; even if they're die-hard Canucks fans. After all, when the Canucks drafted Cody Hodgson 10th overall in 2008, the Brampton Battalion star was immediately the talk of the town and still is, despite having failed to make the big club two years in a row.
Yann Sauve was Vancouver's 2nd round pick in 2008
Yet while the same could be said for Yann Sauve, it