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  1. 58 points
    In response to the minor controversy about whether Nikolay Goldobin should be recalled, as well as to provide a chance for everyone to observe and evaluate this player for themselves, here is a close look at how Goldobin has played so far this season. Below you will find every shift from five of this player's performances in October 2017 with the Utica Comets. I encourage you to share your thoughts here. NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN: FIVE-GAME SCOUTING PACK (2017-18 AHL SEASON) Nikolay Goldobin is a player who requires further development in the AHL at this point in time if he is ever to succeed in the NHL. Scouts and analysts have often referred to him as an enigma who exudes NHL-level skill, but who tends to puck-watch and drift around the ice without the intensity required to play in the NHL. While he is unquestionably talented, his concept of hockey needs to be significantly revised for him to succeed at the NHL level. Fortunately, the Vancouver Canucks seem committed to helping Goldobin rebuild his game within a framework that allows him to excel. Furthermore, he is still young -- just 22 years old years of age. With patience, dedication, and perseverance, a year with the Utica Comets should be beneficial for the young winger. After a disappointing 2017 preseason with the Vancouver Canucks, Goldobin was sent to the club's AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, where he has slowly gained the trust of the team's new coach, Trent Cull. After a season debut that saw Goldobin play approximately 15 minutes worth of ice time, his ice time per game over the course of the month started to increase. By the end of the month, Cull had placed Goldobin on the team's penalty kill, and his ice time now exceeds 20 minutes per game on the team's top line with Reid Boucher on the other wing. Goldobin leads the team with 5 goals, 7 assists, 12 points in 10 games, but his shortcomings must still be addressed. The games featured (and corresponding time stamps) are: (0:15) 2017-10-07: Utica Comets @ Toronto Marlies (16:42) 2017-10-13: Utica Comets @ Rochester Americans (36:36) 2017-10-21: Utica Comets @ Rochester Americans (53:21) 2017-10-28: Utica Comets @ Charlotte Checkers (1:12:06) 2017-10-29: Utica Comets @ Charlotte Checkers From the start of the season to the end of October, the Comets have worked with Goldobin to better involve himself with the play, to be less prone to making high-risk plays when the danger outweighs the benefits, and to skate with greater intensity on a more frequent basis. He still turns the puck over occasionally with errant passes. He doesn't carry the puck enough in the offensive zone and is much more interested in give-and-go plays when he could probably do more to influence a shift with the puck on his stick. Once every so often, he gets the puck in open ice off the rush and picks up speed, but, for the most part, he does not play with that kind of hustle or assertiveness. Currently, he is a fundamentally east-west player who loves to make lateral passes and who plays a cerebral game around the middle of the offensive zone with a strong bias towards the left half of the zone; he is much more reserved on the right side, especially along the boards, than he is on the left. More often than not, if a teammate has the puck on the left side of the ice, he transitions into the middle for a one-time attempt. He can look passive at times, as he is always positioning himself around the middle of the zone with his stick on the ice to receive the puck, often opting to remain there rather than make himself open along the boards. He often is reactive to plays, waiting for the puck to become loose among a crowd rather than putting his own pressure on the opposition. If he does forecheck along the boards, he fishes for the puck and doesn't engage with his body, or he won't hustle hard enough to get to the boards before the opposition gets there. He shows very little willingness to pressure the opposition or force the opposition to turn the puck over; more often than not, he waves his stick at the puck but nearly always keeps himself awkwardly at a stick's length from the opponent as if he is playing non-contact hockey, giving the opposition time to move the puck; if he is skating towards the puck carrier along the boards, he may even stop skating so that he can poke at the puck from a stick's length instead of skate into a body check. He does not play with pace, nor does he play with any sense of physicality. He never steals pucks forcefully or pushes through bodies to make a play; he never dictates the pace of the game and instead tends to let the puck come to him. Goldobin is, at his essence, a very highly-skilled finesse player with uncanny puck skills; however, his positioning and habits need to be reworked if he is to take full advantage of his skill set. He does not play with enough tenacity or courage. He does not battle through obstacles and tends to let others do a lot of the hard work in traffic for him. He is a sublime passer and is a lethal threat with his shot; he isn't the most dangerous one-on-one player, but he protects the puck well, has sufficient edge work skills to weave his body around obstacles and remain elusive with the puck on his stick, and has terrific puck retention skills. He also can be explosive at times, but needs to play at a higher tempo and utilize this speed more frequently to pressure the opposition. If there is a loose puck, he can gather it in, control it, and distribute it effectively. Through the neutral zone, he is skilled at zone entries with good side-stepping abilities. The Comets are in the process of changing some of his habits so that he doesn't handcuff teammates with unexpected puck decisions and also puts himself in better position to affect the play positively without the puck. Last week -- the week of October 29, 2017 --, the Utica Comets started to utilize him on the penalty kill; they are implementing better structure into his game. Hopefully, the Utica Comets can refine his decision-making with the puck and have him play with greater intensity, tenacity, and assertiveness. This is a player who, despite his success in the AHL, must remodel his game and change his mindset in order to fully take advantage of his skill set. This is not the time to recall him to the NHL.
  2. 55 points
    Edmonton is just so needy, what a spoiled princess of a team. We need a coach, we need D, we need a goalie, we need 4 first overall picks in 6 years, we need to trade our two best wingers, we need big wingers to protect our saviour, we need wingers that can score... We need a costco skid of diapers cuz we're a bunch of babies and can't stop crapping ourselves. I'd tell them to go to hell, but I've been to Edmonton in the winter. Frozen hell
  3. 55 points
    This might be my favourite post I’ve ever made on CDC: CANUCKS WIN VIRTANEN SNIPE SHOW NILSSON SHUTOUT MAGIC OILERS STILL SUCK HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYBODY!!
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    when a player goes on ltir, the team gets extra capspace equal to that player's cap hit minus available cap space on the roster the day you assign him to ltir. so if the cap is $50 million but the team only has a cap number of $48 million and the players cap hit is $5 million, when the team outs that player on ltir they can spend up to $53 million (including that injured player). if you push your cap number up to $49.5 million before assigning him, you can spend up to $54.5 million.
  6. 48 points
    Guess who leads the team in points! That's right.......
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    I hear that Jordan Eberle is pretty good.
  10. 40 points
    Fantastic game for Virtanen. His conditioning looks miles better than it was in Utica last season when he could barely handle a 30 second shift, and his shots are hitting the net too. Missing high/wide was a problem with the Comets. Looks like a focused player who compliments the Sedins really well and can benefit off of their passing.
  11. 39 points
    Safeway is shaking in their boots......
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    Brock Boeser holding three pucks for his first career NHL hat-trick.
  14. 36 points
    The Bo came. He saw, He walked in to Maxi Pad arena, lined up those jabroni's, the Calgary Flames, and proceeded to LAYETH THE SMACKETH DOWN... ON ALLLL THEIR CANDY ASSES IF YOU SMELLLALALALOW WHAT THE BO IS COOKIN cheer, boys
  15. 36 points
    Nothing sadder then when a 3 way falls apart
  16. 36 points
    Have to give some credit to Ovechkin. He had the job of shutting down Dorsett tonight and managed to hold him to a goal and an assist.
  17. 35 points
    Gotta be honest, I think fans are way too hard on Vanek. He does so many little things well. A lot of clever plays. Maybe he is the reason we don't get to see more of Goldy this year, but he is good for this team.
  18. 34 points
    WHO? and.. Where? Coaches: and When? Broadcast: Line-up; LW C RW SVEN BAERTSCHI BO HORVAT BROCK BOESER DANIEL SEDIN HENRIK SEDIN JAKE VIRTANEN LOUI ERIKSSON MARKUS GRANLUND THOMAS VANEK BRENDAN GAUNCE BRANDON SUTTER SIMON GAGNE DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS ALEXANDER EDLER DERRICK POULIOT MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO ALEX BIEGA BEN HUTTON ERIK GUDBRANSON More memes: Prediction: Canucks win 5-3. 2 goals for Horvat.
  19. 34 points
    MDZ with 26 minutes tonight. Steal of a contract.
  20. 32 points
    dorsett has been a beast since stealing mcdavids mojo it's scary to think how good he will be now owning ovies mojo as well
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    Interesting story I thought I'd share Boeser actually took the time to go sign his jersey. What a guy.
  23. 31 points
    Just some random thoughts about Hank and Danny What a year it must be for Daniel and Henrik. What a career! (Singular on purpose!) We can't imagine what could be going through their heads, as they tape their sticks or tighten their skates for their 18th season. The drive, the respect, the integrity, the records...........the honor! ( I am sure that is how they see it!) Drafted 2nd and 3rd in 1999 at the age of 19.......imagine 19 years of age! (That was the draft age back then) Staying one more year in Sweden, before coming to Vancouver, we could hardly wait to see these 2 Swedish phenomenon's It was a quieter time, with less information, and less scouting, but Vancouver was abuzz, having waited for one whole year to see these players. Back then, they looked so young, such red hair and for the first 4 years, we seen them learn the pro game, gradually building from the year before You could always see their talent, glimpses in the first year, flashes in the next few years, then exploding in the 2005 - 2006 season (Or so we thought!) But it got better, and in 2009 - 2010 and 2010 - 2011 seasons, having scored over 100 + points.........we witnessed true Sedinery They were magic, and defencemen could not figure out how to defend against them, and defensive forwards were left spinning in the corners, as the puck entered the net. They were fantastic, and Sports TV could not get enough of them........."We could not get enough of them!" They were tough and took a pounding, and for many years, played just about every game of the year, without injury And the Opposition, although always respectful of their talents, took them for granted, looking for cracks in their armour......Something, that you just never seen........ Gloves in the face, slough foots, cross checks to the head, boarding, slashes.....they just got up, and usually scored on the resulting power play They were "Professionals" to the bone! They were just friggin amazing, and I for one feel the better for having had them here for all these years. Now, in the twilight of their careers, they must have some soul searching days, wondering, remembering, trying with every breath to lead, to shoot, or back-check Never known for being fast skaters, they sure had the other skills in spades, and you don't have to back-check when you have the puck...that is for sure! Now giving way to younger players.....who quite honestly do not have even remotely the same skill level, must be a funny feeling for these 2 puck wizards But true to their form, they continue to be the true "professionals" they are. We should take the time to remember their greatness, and throw a little respect their way. After all, we will never have those moments back, once they retire. This only scratches the surface on what they have given, both to the club, to the community and me...... I played hockey through them, and they brought my family together to watch them on TV every game......I can't begin to tell you how many conversations I had with my Dad over their mastery of the puck. I don't know when their last game will be, whether it is at the end of this year, or a season or 2 from now, but I hope Danny scores a hat-trick and Henrik assists on all 3 of them...that would be fitting end! They have be fun to watch! They certainly have my respect.
  24. 31 points
    Our stars have to score and tonight Dorsett didn’t score
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    Gaudette saw what Pettersson did and was like, "Hold my beer....".
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    WE LOVE STREAKING!!! THE LORD, THE LEGEND, THE MVP SCORED AGAIN THREE POWER PLAY GOALS. THREE, PEOPLE!! SEDIN UNIT DIDN’T SUCK WE’VE CHASED TWO GOALIES THIS SEASON SO FAR,THIS STAT ALONE IS SUCH A WIN BOESER GOT THREE POINTS AND IS NOW IN THE TOP 5 OF ROOKIE SCORING. LASTLY, BOTH LEAFS AND DUCKS GOT THEIR AS**S HANDED TO THEM TONIGHT HAPPY THURSDAY EVERYONE!!! Side bar: 6 goals, no points for the Sedins. This isn't sad news, it means the future is BRIIIGHT. GET YO SUNGLASSES OUT, THEY SO BRIGHT THEY'LL HURT YOUR EYES OR MAKE YOU BLIND.
  30. 31 points
    teams still don't expect Greeners up ice pressure and forecheck. If we can get you on your heels the canucks are a very, very hard team to play against. I for one, love this pedal to the medal team strategy of up ice pressure and puck pursuit
  31. 31 points
    More goals than McJesus or Kane. Absolute STUD...
  32. 31 points
    Dorsett the sniper just out there having a great time
  33. 30 points
    So this is how it feels like winning a game we had no business winning. I like this feeling, its a good feeling. We got some good ol’ Sedinery MVP GOAL!! Horvat with a goal, Boeser with a point Marky was UNBELIEVABLE, man’s a BEAST Hutton needs to get his $&!# together FFS, I’m actually starting to miss Edler. Happy Tuesday everybody!!
  34. 30 points
    Yup, even goalies score occasionally
  35. 30 points
    Hey guys. Found this comment from Hitch encouraging. I , like most of the league , am shocked at how good our team looks. I knew they would be better , but this is beyond my expectations. A pleasant suprise. https://www.hockeyfeed.com/nhl-news/report-stars-hitchcock-makes-surprising-comments-about-canucks
  36. 29 points
    Can Edler & Eriksson just not come back please?.. please??
  37. 29 points
    You realize that Hirsch's substance abuse problem was a direct result of the $&!#ty NHL culture coupled with issues of self confidence and low self esteem? Put yourself in his shoes, you're young in your career, but at the highest stage and the pressure to perform 100% every single day. Now think about how that workplace would feel if there was not a culture of peer support? You'd probably say something asinine like, well I'd seek help away from the office! Except no one dealing with those issues ever has that frame of mind. Regardless of the circumstance, the mind always shifts to how to not let what it is you're dealing with affect your performance, and just find a way to get through it. Attribute it to nerves or the pressure of the big stage. It's easy to justify "dealing" with something when turning to substance abuse is an easy crutch, moreso when money is no object. Pull your head out of your ass you classless tard, and trying thinking before you speak.
  38. 29 points
    Lol wow. Why do people feel the need to do this? Of course he has the potential, just like Hodgson had "potential" to be captain. Can we at least let him get through a season before proclaiming anything about his legacy here? As of right now AV is the best coach we've had since Quinn. Green has a loong ways to go before he ever reaches AV's accolades.
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  43. 27 points
    I'd say you're completely right! They both have that same "game-breaking-good-at-everything"-x factor. Elias can potentially be a good hitter too, just like Forsberg was. The few hits he's made have been on point technically, which is key tbh. Combined with the fact that he's fearless, he could be something really special in the future. If you read some of the Swedish news, they all say that "He's something special, one of a kind" etc. For instance, front page of the biggest news paper in Sweden last night: "Never seen anything like him since Forsberg Wennerholm: He's almost too good for SHL - I just sat there, drooling over his skills" The article starts with: "Eighteen year old Pettersson took down the mighty Frölunda by himself. I haven't seen a junior player dominate the ice surface in SHL this much since Peter Forsberg. Every time he got the puck I couldn't stop smiling - his quickness, niftiness and acceleration combined with a hockey sense and stick handling that's out of this World. Anyone can see that he has another dimension in his game and he's aimed for greatness on a larger scene than SHL. Even Swedens most hyped hockey-talent right now, Rasmus Dahlin, was in the shadow of Pettersson this evening."
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    I could read this over and over and over.
  47. 27 points
    I ripped this off from the province incase you guys did not see it. It will give you a good laugh When asked what Hank was saying Jake said "“Henrik was asking me if it always takes 12 shots for me to score.”
  48. 26 points
    Canucks have 4 players scoring double digit numbers. Hawks have 9 Canucks have 5 additional players with more than 5 points. Hawks have 4. Hawks D en masse is outscoring the Canucks 43 points to 23 points. Just, you know...for reference. Without ever remembering that Forsling was small and had exactly 1 decent WJC while Clendenning was not only larger but also nearly .70 PPG average in the AHL over 3 seasons at that point in time at the same position Thankfully Benning saw a chance to improve our team like any GM would do and sold high on an unknown prospect to take a chance on a guy who didn't pan out but looked very promising. Thankfully Benning found guys like Chatfield, Brisebois etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc after almost 13 years of mediocre to absolutely abysmal drafting. Edit. I was not a Benning fan, but it takes a real downer to not see how and where he's tried to improve this team and to see where it is headed in the future. I do not foresee any chance that Forsling has 7 points as of right now on a team like the canucks over the Hawks with keith, Rutta and seabrook
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    Derek Dorsett is our leading scorer. I don't know if I should laugh or cry
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