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  1. 52 points
    On behalf of all Canuck fans, I thank you, Jim Benning. You are a godsend for those who have suffered throughout this franchise's 48-year history. Thank you for turning around our scouting department. Thank you for our deep and talented prospect pool. Thank you for our good young players. Thank you for our new found hope. A hope for a very silvery bright future. Thanks, Jim Benning. You turned our scouting department around (Weisbrod deserves some thanks too). You revamped the scouting department. After a year of evaluation, you got rid of some ineffective scouts. Added new scouts. More importantly, you retained the good scouts and didn't just get rid of everyone like some GMs do. This surprised some, given the poor record of this group the past decade. You promoted a long time scout from amongst this maligned group, Judd Brackett, to Director of Amateur Scouting then allowed him to do his job. I knew you could turn our scouting department around. You had the experience and intimate knowledge of being a scout and how a scouting department works. You got this experience by taking the long and difficult route. No shortcuts for you. Being a scout for five years (first year with St. Louis the rest with Buffalo) and Director of Amateur Scouting for six (all with Buffalo). I am sure the Sabres thanked you too for your long and successful stint there. In the four years that you were a scout for Buffalo the average number of players they drafted that played 190 NHL games or more was 2.2 players/draft. In the subsequent 6 years as the Director of Amateur Scouting, they averaged 2.85 players/draft. The following 3 years after you left for Boston to become their assistant GM, Buffalo averaged 1.5 players/draft. The proof is in the pudding. You have transformed the Canucks from a team with very few good young NHL players and very few prospects of quality to one with a lot of good young NHL players and a lot of good quality prospects. Some of these young men you have drafted even have the potential of reaching star or even franchise levels. Players/prospects 25 and under (2013/14) Players/prospects 25 and under (2018/2019) Ben Hutton Ben Hutton Tyler Madden Bo Horvat Bo Horvat Jett Woo Chris Tanev Brendan Gaunce Petrus Palmu Brendan Gaunce Quinn Hughes Zack MacEwen Zac Kassian Elias Pettersson Ryan Stanton Brock Boeser Yannick Weber Sven Baertschi Zac Dalpe Markus Granlund Nik Jensen Troy Stecher Jordan Schroeder Derek Pouliot Darren Archibald Jake Virtanen Kellan Lain Brendan Leipsic Frankie Corrado Eric Gudbranson Mike Zalewski Nikolay Goldobin Ronalds Kenins Tyler Motte Eddie Lack Adam Gaudette Jacob Markstrom Oli Juolevi Hunter Shinkaruk Thatcher Demko Anton Rodin Jonathan Dhalen Jordan Subban Guillaume Brisebois Evan McEneny Evan McEneny Anton Cederholm Lukas Jasek Joe Labate Micheal DiPietro Cole Cassels William Lockwood Yann Sauve Kole Lind Alexandre Mallet Jack Rathbone Joacim Eriksson Jonah Gadjovich Due to your successful stint in Buffalo, you were hired to be the Assistant GM of Boston in 2006. During your eight-year stay in Boston, you worked tirelessly like you always do, to help Chiarelli construct what would be the eventual Stanley Cup Championship team in 2011. Your resume speaks for itself. Thank you, Jim Benning, for all your hard and excellent work here. You have been much maligned despite having achieved all you have. I have never been more hopeful and excited for a group of young players and prospects as the one you have assembled for us. I hope you receive the proper accolades and rewards when all your work here comes into fruition.
  2. 41 points
    Love these videos when JB Mic's up really gives you some insight on the hockey world. I like the JB wasn't really willing to give up those draft picks for extra picks just so they can select the guy they want. I've been impressed with the drafts that he has done I'm really excited for all these prospects they have acquired over the years and look forward to more of these videos.
  3. 34 points
    Curious to get the thoughts of others here, I hear daily on 650 ( I enjoy the Canucks coverage overall ) about a few things that grind my gears. Jim Benning: it seems the consensus in the media? Is Benning will be on thin ice come the end of his current contract. We are hearing Benning needs Hughes, Boeser, and his other notable picks to reach max potential on sky high ceilings in order to save his job ?!? I don't get it, am I one of the very few who sees with ownership in place the Benning/Linden regime here long term? Benning has greatly improved the teams overall depth and quality of youth I just don't see how he'd be on a short leash. Nikolay Goldobin: have heard more than a few times and again just now how little Goldobin is viewed even now how he is the Canucks reclamation project who maybe gets flipped for a 4th ir 5th round pick ?!? sorry what? I mean the guy was a 1st round pick, has shown slick skill, speed, and finish. Has spent time in the organization learning the defensive side of the game as well. 22 years old and a scorer's touch that will need scoring. How is he a reclamation project? If anything in a contract year, opportunity to play an offensive role, this reclamation project could pot 20 goals and make some defense look silly doing it. We saw flashes of this last year. Again, scratch my head when I hear project. Logjam at forward? Defense?: one if the biggest ironies here is fans and media alike complain for years the prospect cupboard is bare, not enough players pushing for NHL jobs and the complaint once injuries hit that the Chaput's of the World get minutes. Now the team has greater depth at all positions. Prospects knocking on the door and regulars and depth players under contract. Some people keep sounding off about the team needing to trade out players because there is too many now especially at forward. Or on defense where will Hughes ir OJ fit. You dont go into camp with only enough bodies to fill roles and you certainly add veterans where you can in the event prospects cant make the jump. Worst case is come the end of camp what? Biega, Gaunce go on Waivers ? nobody claims them because 30 other teams are trying to sneak their guys down too.... Like to hear others thoughts as maybe I'm out to lunch but seems there is a voice here that Benning is on thin ice, Goldobin is a project, and the team has too many potential NHL pieces on their roster.
  4. 34 points
    This is the best group of prospects I've seen in my lifetime of being a fan here. Not only do we have a ton of talent, we have a huge variety of skillsets. I hope he's allowed to finish what he's started instead of someone else coming in and taking all the credit.
  5. 32 points
    One of the reasons I like JB as the GM. Guy really respects his team and gives them ample opportunity to state their opinions. I notice that he isn't afraid to take their suggestions or give them credit where due. Very good leadership.
  6. 25 points
    Kudos to the Canucks for doing this again, I find this stuff super interesting!
  7. 20 points
    Horvat will never be an elite #1 center, Pettersson has that potential, but he shouldn't be thrown into the deep end to start.
  8. 19 points
    I always like seeing these but I was really hoping for more soundbites from when Montreal, Ottawa and Arizona made their picks. Maybe Benning, or someone else, loudly wondered "what the f are they doing?" so they couldn't use the footage?
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    https://www.nhl.com/canucks/news/vancouver-canucks-troy-stecher/c-299544262
  11. 17 points
    I was browsing through some Canucks records and came across the list of all-time game-winning goals. I knew Daniel was at the top, and I knew it would be by a fair margin, but I was shocked at the gap: Daniel - 86, Naslund - 49. Then I started thinking, "86? That's an awful lot for a guy with fewer than 400 career goals." So I took a bit of a look through the numbers. Looking at the list of NHL all-time GWG leaders, none of them could stack up as a percentage of career goals. After digging a bit deeper, what I determined is that of all players that have scored at least 250 career goals, only Canadiens great Aurèle Joliat, who won games with 65 of his 269 goals in the 1920s and '30s, had a higher percentage of game winners than Daniel. Now, one could make the argument that having more game-winners in general, regardless of whether or not there are also more non-game-winners, would qualify as more clutch. They're still ending more games on their stick, right? Guys like Jagr, Howe, Esposito, Selanne and many others have more GWG than Daniel, while also having far more career goals. Personally, though, I've always viewed "clutchness" as a measurement of timely production relative to talent level. Guys I've thought of as clutch always seemed to outperform their expectations when it mattered most. Maybe the crux of the argument is that true "clutchness" doesn't reveal itself until the playoffs, making the premise of this thread entirely pointless. Oh, and for the record: Daniel's 86 game-winners were out of 393 career goals, which works out to, of course, 22%.
  12. 16 points
    Jim not only has given the team a full cupboard, but he has a nuclear emergency bunker in the shed out back too.
  13. 16 points
    You gotta give respect to Judd Brackett. Being GM JB is busy enough and you can tell he has 100% confidence in Judd to go out and scout/evaluate players that fit what the Canucks want.
  14. 16 points
    It makes me happy that they were high on Woo. Whenever someone drops to this management group, it always seems to turn out well.
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    Two best players in the two best Swedish pro leagues. At only 19 and 20. Friends, and have played together. And we have them both. Perhaps some optimism is in order.
  17. 15 points
    Next season? Horvat. Future? Pettersson, unless we draft Jack Hughes or someone else equivalent. In that case, EP can be a winger.
  18. 15 points
    Brackett is a rising star. Hope Canucks can retain him for a long time.
  19. 15 points
    I was about to post this you beat me lol. I'm a sucker for these mic'd up moments. It shows us fans how high Benning had Hughes on his list. Gotta love when your GM gets the player he wants. I love how they were hoping Detroit would draft Zadina haha
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    This Montreal based "futurist" blogger and financial dude claims to have a way with hockey insight too and calls EP "generational" and thinks he is a Calder lock. Interesting to see so many people outside of the Canuck fanbase excited for this player to get his NHL career started. There was a lot of buzz in my Ontario trip this summer about him when people knew I followed Vancouver and one person pointed me to this article making the rounds in Ontario and Quebec hockey circles. I cut/paste his article but the videos didn't come across properly so please check out the link if you want to see the whole thing in context he intended. This Player will be Rookie of the Year in 2019 Michael K. SpencerFollow The original business insider. A tech Futurist and Editor of FutureSin. WeChat: mikekevinspencer Apr 26 This Player will be NHL Rookie of the Year in 2019 Elias Pettersson is a generational talent, just pencil him in for ROY honors for the NHL next year. YouTube Oddly enough I’m also a Sports futurist, I’m obsessed with all sports stats and as a Canadian, that includes the game of Ice Hockey to be sure. There’s someone coming out of Sweden who is kind of special. Here is a player who will score more goals in his career than Daniel Sedin did. He already set SHL records, that’s Sweden’s top professional league by the way, for those of you who aren’t die-hard hockey fans. Sweden has a special group of players that hockey fans remember fondly: Forsberg, Naslund, Backstrom, Sedin, it won’t be long before we’ll be adding Pettersson to that list, this kid is that good! He’s essentially broken records for points and playoff points by a U20 player and will dawn a Vancouver Canucks jersey in 2019. In just 13 playoff games, he has 10 goals and 19 points. If you combine regular season and playoff games, he scored 34 goals in 57 games, that’s 0.6 goals a game against the best players in Sweden. That’s 10 more goals this season than Daniel Sedin ever scored. A full 14 more points than Henrik Sedin ever put up, or 1.32 PPG. For his age, this makes Elias Petterson, pretty much the most prolific scorer to come out of Sweden, well ever. Chosen 5th overall in 2017, this is what Eliteprospects.com has to say about him: This year in 2018, he was named SHL Playoff MVP. He turns 20 in November, and he a clutch and desire to win that is seemingly indomitable. Vancouver Courier Let’s not have realistic expectation anymore. Some believe Elias Pettersson is better than (19-year-old) Peter Forsberg and Kent Nilsson. Being compared to greatness is flattering but the NHL is a cruel test for such a rare talent. Based on his production in the Allsvenskan league the year before and the performance of other top prospects, Jeremy Davis of Canucks Army suggested that 0.52 points per game would be a reasonable expectation for Pettersson. He shattered those expectations, averaging 1.28 points per game. He did even better in the Playoffs. It appears as a prospect, he’s evolved into another gear during the 2018 season. Meaning, he’s ready for the big leagues. I’m not a sports better, but if I were, the odds are stacked in his favor to be one of the most dominant rookies in the NHL in recent memory. It’s a tall order, as the NHL younglings are full of surprises and the speed of the pro game is considerable. His shot release is better than many of the Swedish greats and while he’s unlikely to develop into the playmaker Forsberg or Henrik Sedin were, he’s vision and point productivity could be more balanced. He’s a dangler and has an uncanny instinct for the net. He’s the type of player that can create high quality scoring chances all by himself and thus find chemistry with Vancouver’s young core. He’s just 75 kg / 165 lbs but with a lanky frame, he’s need to fill out a bit to compete against men in the NHL. But he has scoring tools that can’t be taught. The kind of vision and flair stuff that you might find in a hockey prospect only a dozen times a decade. He scores nearly a goal a game in his last visit to the World Juniors where the best prospects play, scoring 5 goals in 7 games. Then capped it off with 10 goals in 13 playoff games in the SHL, that could translate into a 70 to 75 point rookie season in the NHL, if everything goes well with upwards of 35 goals. One can imagine him playing alongside Brock Boeser, Vancouver’s latest rookie who had a breakout season. Brock Boeser posted 29 goals and 26 assists and despite missing the last month of the season. Expect Pettersson to crush some rookie scoring records for the Canucks in 2019. I actually believe Pettersson has the capability to be a legitimate superstar and a pure scorer the Canucks have not seen since Pavel Bure. The future is tomorrow for Pettersson in 2019, and his slight frame won’t be the big impediment it once would have been in the new NHL, where raw speed counts. His top-acceleration here will give him fairly enough opportunities to do this:
  22. 14 points
    Love the fist pump by Weisbrod when Detroit took Zadina......and after we picked Hughes,, JB with the thumbs up saying "That was a homerun"
  23. 14 points
    I think you are reading too much into both the media and the typically negative people here on CDC. Benning is not at all on thin ice. They would not have extended his contract if he was. If by the end of the contract he has not built a successful team then sure, but right now they are drinking his kool-aid. As for Goldobin - I believe he will get a chance to show himself this season. But if he doesn't produce, HE is on thin ice I think and it makes sense we would get rid of him for whatever we can get. Which unfortunately won't be much. Personally, I think he will be a better player this season but I really have little conviction behind that belief. Finally, yes, we do have a logjam in virtually all positions right now. It will take some fancy avoidance of the waiver and roster adjustments to try to keep everyone on board but it would be entirely possible (likely?) that we lose a guy like Gaunce as there is just no room for him now. That's a price I, as a fan, am willing to pay to have an overall more talented roster.
  24. 13 points
    This isn’t the AHL aka cdc puck, you have to be a real GM here.
  25. 13 points
    Just gonna leave this here. 2018 first round picks not yet signed: Tkachuk, Hughes, Kravtsov, Wahlstrom, Dobson, Dellandrea, Farabee, Denisenko, Smith, Foudy, O'Brien, Miller, Lundeström, Johansson, Bernard-Docker, Beaudin, Lundkvist, Veleno, Alexeyev
  26. 13 points
    I'd hate to be your contractor if you ever built a house. Barely got the foundation, studs and roof up and you're complaining about how drafty it is.
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  33. 12 points
    You started the damn thread. If you want people to know what you're talking about, get off your ass and actually post a link.
  34. 12 points
    Yeah, Jašek had 132 Extraliga games, 44 WSM Liga games, and 20 games in Champions HL. That's actually quite a lot of pro experience. And Extraliga is a pretty tough league. So he was used to playing some very physical contests versus opponents who were grown men. Extraliga is also a fast league, and Jašek is a burner on his skates, so the pace of the AHL game wasn't really much of an adjustment for him. Lind was a raw rookie, when it comes to professional men's hockey, and it showed. Jašek was also used to switching between teams. For much of his Czech career, he'd be moved between the various pro and junior leagues, team affiliates, and loans. So he had a lot of experience joining new rosters and settling in with new teammates. Lind basically played with one team during the same period that Jašek played on 6 different teams. I also think the jump from WHL to AHL is far more difficult than transitioning from Extraliga to AHL. The Czech league is pretty underrated, both in terms of skill level and how physical they play the game. Those Extraliga games can get pretty nuts. Multiple fights, lots of hitting, scrums after every whistle, and plenty of mixing it up during play along the boards and in front of the net. Not that the WHL is a soft league, but I don't think it's nearly as physically demanding as Extraliga. I know this doesn't fit with most people's assumptions about European hockey, but if you think the Czech game is soft, try watching some Extraliga (especially their playoffs) and then get back to me. I mean, I remember watching a few of Jašek's games last season where the final penalty minutes counts (for a single game) were in the triple digits. Basically special teams the whole game and you'd watch a few seconds of game play between whistles for fights, elbows, crosschecks, slashes, and roughing calls. Plus they'd throw in a couple line brawls for good measure. Just nuts. But those experiences certainly prepared him. Part of what made Jašek so effective for Utica was his ability to muck along the boards and fight for ice in front of the net. He just got in there and got dirty. No fear. No backing down. And he'd give as good as he'd get. He didn't wait for the game to come to him. He seized control of his moments and made every shift count. Lind, on the other hand, looked a bit overwhelmed at times. Seemed to be waiting for his chances and kind of feeling his way through his shifts. Didn't look comfortable with the pace of the AHL game and sometimes seemed a bit lost. He got better as he acclimated, but he often looked like a raw rookie just finding his way. Whereas Jašek looked much more like a seasoned pro (which he was, given his experience).
  35. 11 points
    In the footsteps of the Sedins – Dahlén and Pettersson dream big Jonathan Dahlén and Elias Pettersson. Photo: Ronnie Rönnkvist Elias Pettersson was awarded the 2018 Elite Prospects Award as the most prominent junior player in the SHL earlier this week. As we handed out the award to the Vancouver Canucks prospect, we also took the opportunity to sit down and talk to him and fellow Canucks’ forward Jonathan Dahlén. Here’s a translation of the interview, done by Ronnie Rönnkvist in Sundsvall, Sweden, originally published in Swedish on our sister site hockeysverige.se. Elias Pettersson and Jonathan Dahlén. Here are the two most talked about Swedes in Vancouver at the moment. Heck, maybe even the two most talked about players for that matter. Ever since Daniel and Henrik Sedin let it be known that their distinguished careers were over, a lot of the future hope of the Vancouver Canucks have been placed on this duo, only 19 and 20 years of age. It would obviously be unfair to put pressure on these youngsters to perform at the same level as two future hall of famers, but you’ve got to admit that their potential is exciting. Especially after a season where both players took great leaps in their development. The two first got to play together during the 2014/15 season after Dahlén had moved to Timrå from HV71. And there was instant chemistry between them on Timrå’s junior teams. “The first time we were put together was after Christmas 2014. He was promoted to our team and put up insane numbers. We played together and did really well”, Dahlén remembers. Pettersson had four goals and 13 points in six games and complemented Dahlén really nicely on the team’s top line. “We both make fast decisions and want to play in the offensive end of the ice. We think the game in a similar way… Most times, at least”, Pettersson says with a wry smile. Dahlén: “I like to find openings and go there and it’s a bit more fun to play that way when you have someone who can put the puck on your tape.” Pettersson: “Yeah, I guess you can say that we have to different styles, but think the same way.” Photo: Ronnie Rönnkvist NOT PERCEIVED AS A DUO ANYMORE This season they proved that they can play good hockey away from one another as well. Elias Pettersson lit up the SHL during his first (and only) season with Växjö, winning the scoring title in both the regular season and the playoffs. Dahlén bounced back after a bout with mono during Vancouver Canucks’ rookie camp and led Timrå to a promotion to the SHL after five years down in Hockeyallsvenskan, the second-tier league in Sweden . “I think it was good for the both of us to get away from that a bit”, Dahlén says about constantly being referred to as a duo. “Elias did a really good job in Växjö and when I came back to Timrå, I proved I could play without him as well. It was good for us to get that confirmation. Not only to show people what we can do by ourselves, but also to prove it to ourselves.” The comparisons to the Sedins is something that they’ve had to listen to ever since Pettersson was drafted by the Canucks last summer. At this point, they can joke about it to although it’s an obvious honor. “They say that we are ‘the new Sedins’. No pressure…”, Pettersson says while bursting into laughter. “I don’t know if we can create that kind of chemistry right now, but if we do, I’ll take that any day of the week.” Dahlén: “We obviously play well together because our styles complement each other. If we get to play together as long as the Sedins did, it would be great.” “SOMETHING I COULDN’T REALLY IMAGINE” Pettersson’s season was as close to perfect as you could imagine. He won the Swedish championship title with Växjö while capturing gold with Team Sweden at the World Championships in Denmark. Dahlén, on his part, was the big star while Timrå qualified for the SHL. “I look at my season like… Not unreal, but something that I couldn’t really imagine when I started to work out with Växjö last summer”, Pettersson says. “That Timrå got promoted was also huge for me. I couldn’t have wished for anything more from that season.” Dahlén: “For a long time, my dream had been to get Timrå back into the SHL. It was pretty sick and unreal when it happened. I didn’t really anticipate that, even though we finished first overall in the regular season.” How much did you follow each other during the season? Pettersson: “We knew what was going on. It obviously got a lot easier when Dahlén came back and play over here as I always follow Timrå.” Dahlén: “I’m not really that interested in the SHL, but it was fun to watch Elias in Växjö. They almost won every single game and scored a lot of goals.” Jonathan, what did you feel about Elias’ success this season after making the move from Timrå to Växjö? “It’s hard to say something that hasn’t already been said. It’s pretty unreal to do what he did. Not a lot of players have been able to do that at his age.” Are you surprised? “I knew he would be fine in the SHL, but it’s not like I would have guessed that he would have 56 points, win the championship title and be dominant in the playoffs. And that he would become a world champions. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have guessed that (laughter)”. “Neither did I”, Pettersson chimes in with a big smile on his face. Photo: Ronnie Rönnkvist NOT AFRAID OF THE AHL After their success in Sweden it’s time for both to leave their home soil to make a mark in Vancouver. “We both want to play in the NHL as soon as possible and we have obviously talked a bit about playing together in Vancouver”, Pettersson says. “We don’t work out together during the summers, but we try to push each other. We’re both motivated by the possibility of cracking the line-up as soon as possible.” Dahlén went to North America after his season in Sweden ended and played a few games with Canucks’ farm team Utica Comets in the American league. “It was good for me to do that and get a feel of what it’s like. Just to feel that you’re able to play there. I’ve only played in Hockeyallsvenskan before, so it was good to get that confirmed, that I can compete there”, he says. “I don’t feel like it’s impossible to go directly from Hockeyallsvenskan to play in Vancouver. I’m going to do everything in my power to make that happen.” And if you have to go to the AHL in the beginning? “I haven’t even thought about that, I’ve only thought about the NHL”, Pettersson says. “Sure, it could happen that I don’t get to play in the NHL right from the start. If I don’t, life will still go on. There are players that weren’t even drafted that make it to the hall of fame. A career is long.” Dahlén: “I can’t count on playing for Vancouver (from the start). We’ll see what happens, but I’ll do everything I can in camp to get a crack at the NHL. If I get sent down, I’ll keep the same attitude down there, just work hard and try to get a call up as soon as possible.” Do you hope to get a chance to play on the same line with the Canucks? “Absolutely!” The question is answered really fast by both of them. Pettersson: “I would love to do that!” Dahlén: “To go from playing alongside each other on Timrå’s U18 team to playing together in Vancouver would be a pretty awesome journey.” Pettersson: “Yeah, to first play with each other in Timrå and then have Jonathan be traded and then me be drafted by Vancouver so we would end up in the same NHL organization is pretty cool. Especially as we both have had the dream of playing in the NHL.” Dahlén: “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I was traded from Ottawa to Vancouver in February and that they drafted Elias later that year. I don’t know, but it can’t be that big of a coincidence.” Have you talked to Daniel and Henrik Sedin and received any advice that you can bring to Canada? “You met them more than I have since you were there training last summer”, Pettersson says while looking at Dahlén. “I’ve only said hi, but I think I’ll get a chance to talk to them again once I get over there since they’ll be staying in Vancouver.” Dahlén: “I even met them before I got drafted. They actually asked me about Elias, about “that center from Timrå”. That was way before he was drafted. They are really the most humble people you can imagine and their careers were so sick. You really just sit there with big ears trying to absorb everything that they say.” Pettersson: “It’s really good that there are several Swedes over there on that team. It’s nice to be able to talk Swedish every now and then. We’ll see how close they (the Sedins) will be to the organization. Vancouver will probably want them around to help the younger players, but at the same team they might need a break from hockey. You never know.” With files and photos from Ronnie Rönnkvist. @UffeBodin Uffe Bodinuffe.bodin@hockeysverige.se
  36. 11 points
    "Hey, Troy - well done on the new contract!" "What do you think of Hutton's contract?"
  37. 11 points
    Fun to watch. Shows clearly how happy the team was with this draft. With Hughes, they’re positively giddy (as was I). And Woo is pretty clearly their guy from the opening of day two (really sounds like he was a clear first rounder on their list). Madden they’re also obviously quite high on and had targeted on their lists well ahead of the spot he’s drafted. Sounds like they were considering Skarek with that pick and probably had him as the top goalie in the draft (as did I). I really like the bit where Judd says he sees Madden replacing “our guy” (Gaudette) in his role with Northeastern. Should be fun to watch if TM has a similar development path to AG. Then there’s Manukyan, who again, they all seem really excited about at the table. As for Utunen and Thiessen, they’re less animated about them in the clips, but both were solid picks and from post draft comments it seems like they were happy getting both in the spots they were picked. I also like the bit where Judd basically says CHL goalies in the late rounds rarely ever pan out. Definitely a smarter move to go with the NCAA bound netminder in the 7th. Brackett always impresses me in these videos. Probably the best drafting decision Benning’s made since coming to Vancouver was promoting Judd to director of scouting and just letting Brackett basically run the draft table for these last couple years. Jim clearly still has the final say on everything but it’s interesting to watch how much everyone looks to Judd to make the call on most of the draft day decisions, even including the trades. This is what you want from a scouting department and its director and it seems like the Canucks are finally in a really good place with their draft table. It’s taken decades and several GMs for us to get here, so credit to Benning for finally putting a draft system and personnel in place in Vancouver that seems to be working well and likely should pay dividends for years to come.
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    Absolutely. Nothing wrong with disagreement within management (I think it’s healthy) but the guys were all on the same page come “Game day.” That’s a testament to JB (and TL.) One thing I’ve admired about the on-ice group, despite all the losing, they seem to still be a team and pulling in the same direction. That usually starts at the top.
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    Get an inside look at the Canucks 2018 NHL Draft as Jim Benning, John Weisbrod and Judd Brackett continue to build for the future of the team.
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    I'm not surprised you're oblivious on both counts - while being both outspoken and obnoxious nevertheless.
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    He'll look huge next to Johnny Gaudreau, that's all that matters.
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    You know how sometimes when you flush the toilet one turd comes back? Instead of asking the turd what it wants, maybe just flush again.
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    Thank god someone finally has a plan around here! I was beginning to get concerned. Consider that concern alleviated. Phew!
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    Sorry if it seemed like I was coming after you. Really just intended to reply to @73 Percent’s post. Anyway, seems we’re all on the same page. Cheers! I have a weird schedule that allows me to follow a fair amount of hockey from European time zones. Actually, when I’m free, I’ll watch a game just about any time of the day, but mornings (in Vancouver) tend to be pretty much open for me most days, so I’ll often have a Euro game on while I’m drinking my coffee and reading the news. Also following Jašek, in particular, has been a bit of a hobby for me. I think I just like keeping track of the lesser known prospects, especially the ones that are tougher to find info on (Jašek, Rathbone, etc). At some point, I just realized that there were likely other CDCers (like yourself) who were interested in this stuff. So I decided to post a bit more often in the prospects threads to share whatever I was finding. Figured I was already doing the “work” so why not post about it?
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    Hey guys, we've been talking about possibly decreasing the time limits to 3 hours starting on Monday next week. Just thought I'd see if there was any opposition to that?
  46. 10 points
    I've hidden the worst of his posts but repeated violations in a very short time frame: 1. You will be tolerant and respectful of your fellow visitors. Do not: Personally attack other users. Attacking an idea is acceptable, attacking a user is not. Start flame wars, troll or otherwise post with intent to provoke other posters Retaliate to personal attacks or trolling (use the report link) Harass, stalk, or shadow other users with intent to provoke. Use abbreviations such as 'STFU' and 'GTFO' 3. Do not post violent, sexually explicit, hateful, racist and vulgar comments. Explicit language and intentionally bypassing the word censors will not be tolerated. INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT Users on these forums should not be exposed to graphic violence, hate talk, or explicit sexual content. This includes advocation of hate, cruelty and illegal actions. Consider a 'one-click' rule to be in place - you may not post or link directly to any page that contains inappropriate content. Moderators will edit or delete inappropriate content immediately. TROLLING Trolling is defined as posting with the intent of annoying or provoking a negative reaction from other users. We realize this can be a grey issue in many cases, and moderators will use their discretion and judgment to sort situations out. The following is considered trolling: Posting a negative topic about a group. For example, a "Why are ____ always ______". Posting about a person instead of the topic at hand. Please keep discussion topic based. If you are talking about another user in a way which is not relative to discussion, you're doing it wrong. Using personal information or images to attack another user. This includes making negative comments about where someone has been educated, where they grew up etc. Mocking other users by imitating their posting style and behaviour. Being rude, condescending, overly critical and aggressive. Spamming board rules, or telling other users you've reported their posts. Posting abrasive negative judgement on the quality of posts (eg. 'Your opinion is moronic, ignorant, stupid) Stay civil and discuss the topic rather than the users. FLAMING Flaming is defined as posting insults, or something intended to insult another user or group of users. Indirect attacks are included and not tolerated. Not allowed: 'You're a moron'. 'Anyone who thinks _____ is an idiot." 'Only a complete idiot would say that." Moderators will look at the context of situations to determine whether an attack is indirect. It is not acceptable to flame forum members, but some leeway is given to flaming people outside of the forum like public figures and celebrities, as long as the intent is not to antagonize other forum members. To be honest we let a fair bit go, especially in this thread, but many of his comments were incredibly hateful and sexist, and well beyond what could be deemed acceptable almost anywhere. Far beyond reposts and memes.
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  49. 10 points
    I know people are giving him flack for his poor stats, but if you look into how BAD the team was, you'd understand. 2017-2018 ECHL 72 25 - 42 - 5 196 295 55 7 Did not make playoffs 25 wins, 42 losses. GF 196 GA 295 The team went from a final 8 finisher to a bottom dweller. What else do we see here? ECHL 1. Branden Komm 1 2.04 .929 | 2. C.J. Motte 28 3.45 .910 | 3. Ivan Kulbakov 22 3.63 .902 | 4. Alex Sakellaropoulos 1 3.96 .875 | 5. Eric Hartzell 16 4.56 .874 | 6. Jake Paterson 4 5.31 .854 | 7. Matthew O'Connor 6 5.12 .853 | 8. Teddy Florence 0 - - | 9. Kent Nusbaum 0 - - | 10. Jake Reed 0 - - | Based on the goalie stats, it's clear that the entire team got slammed with goals. Context is everything.
  50. 10 points
    Mono is transmitted through humans, not rats.
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