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  1. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    Wow, yes. My bad. Swede in Russia. Was confusing him with Rodin a bit. Rodin was an altogether different beast. Here's hoping Elias stays much healthier than both of them!
  2. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    Lol, it wouldn't. But it's the SHL vs NHL reality check thing... I mean, the guy was a wizard in that league and looked like a fish out water here. Not just on that play, he was lost from day 1 in Vancouver. Obviously we're talking about two very different guys at completely different points in their careers with much different skillsets, but it's a cautionary tale to be sure. Please know: EP will get rocked. He will get up, be pissed about it, and dangle the goalie right to the goal line for a beauty. I guess the only legitimate concern is that he gets hit and is set back a bit, losing confidence to go to hard areas. I just don't see it with a kid that driven though. Plus he's evasive as hell, he'll be fine. I honestly think Dahlen will be too...
  3. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    I'm glad I'm not making the pick, this seems like a bit of a tough one. You know how local sports media is here. I still say Hughes > Boqvist > Bouchard > Tkachuk > Dobson > Wahlstrom is my preferred order. I think Hughes exemplifies the "new NHL" from the backend. We'll need big shutdown Dmen, but you don't get that at 7OA, you take pure unbridled skill. His skating and breakouts could change everything for this team. Not to mention, I'd be pretty okay with the Hughes brothers coming to replace Hank and Dank as our new fraternal tandem It doesn't provide a ton of confidence building a D-corps around a 5'9ish 165ish lb defender (let's be real, why did he bow out of the combine...), but his slick play gives us another weapon in our arsenal, and this new wave of Canucks is going to be all about offence! I like Boqvist almost as much... his highlight package is the best of the bunch, but it's a lesser league. Is he Karlsson or is he simply another Liljigren (or even worse, Philip Larsen?). We tipped the risk:reward scales last year when selecting EP, is this another one? Like, watching him play, you could make some pretty outrageous proclamations about his upcoming season in the SHL... much like you could with Pettersson last year. But we're not drafting for the SHL, we're drafting for the NHL... Bouchard I like for a better overall package. For some strange reason he kind of reminds me of Dion Phaneuf, without the hitting, though... but is that the worst thing? A big, NHL-style defender that can put up points. I think he plays next year, too. Tkachuk so we don't get pushed around anymore. Clears room for EP and Dahlen, maybe becomes a bash bro with Virtanen. Dobson is a plug-and-play defender. Watching him play, I'm a little surprised at his offensive numbers as I don't think he's the best shooter or passer from the backend, but he just seems to put the puck in the right places. He can also play proper defence, which is key! Close to NHL-ready too. Wahlstrom is a stud. Would rock the A after a few years, real charmer... but we've already got the cannon in Brock. I just don't see how we take a sniping winger with such obvious holes at 1D and 1C. Scared at what he may become for another team, though... Kotkaniemi is good, I think he'll be another team's Bo Horvat one day.
  4. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    I think we all just want to ensure that EP doesn't get Philip Larsen'd... that hit said everything that needs to be said about NA pro vs Euro pro. (It's also the only reason I flinch about selecting Boqvist in the draft... is he Larsen or Karlsson, y'know?) I personally don't think Elias needs to change a damn thing, but 5-10 extra pounds would be great. It's a non-issue, as it's practically impossible for him not gain that kind of weight entering into adulthood...
  5. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    That’s it. That’s the configuration. Watching that unit score goals could make even the most miserable mid-November evening less depressing.
  6. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    Yeah, I see Demko being very Holtby-esque in terms of both ability and demeanour. You’re totally right though, goalies are better today on average, but there are less truly dominant players at the position. Brodeur won games, series, cups almost entirely on his own. We simply won’t see that today. Johnathan Quick looked close earlier in the decade, but his play just wasn’t sustainable. Even Price who has more tools than any goaltender in the history of the league looks worn out at this stage in his career... The only reason I make that assertion on Demko is that it’s all right in front of us... Elias is skinny, might never get his weight up to Western conference standard; Dahlen, also undersized trying to play a power game; even Brock, the stud that he is, has limitations being a shoot-first player... Demko is 6’4 with elite abilities, a good attitude, and is already playing excellent hockey at the pro-level as a young athlete... he is as close to bust-proof as a goaltender can be. If he ends up where it looks like he’s headed, he’ll be a fan favourite in short order and for a long time to come. Anyways, this a Pettersson thread, and I loves me some EP. Nobody will dazzle like him, if he reaches his ceiling (be real, there is no ceiling on what he can do) he will be our unquestioned best player, I just see Demko being the rock that holds it all together.
  7. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    I honestly appreciate this optimistic energy. It stands in firm contrast to the usual vitriol of CDC. But anyone can make bold claims. The names you're using cannot be thrown around lightly. Elias may well skate among them, as he has the highest possible potential you can have as a player coming into the league. He could become the face of the new NHL - he looks to be that good. But he's done nothing in North America yet. He needs time and needs to gain some bruises, climb some hills, etc. to become a special player. My bold claim is that the Canucks best player for the next 5-8 years will be Thatcher Demko.
  8. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    I think we’re going to settle into the reality that EP is an elite piece/borderline franchise player (like Backstrom) but not a Swedish Connor McDavid. The biggest thing I think we’ll see is how underrated Dahlen is as a player... The two of them together will be magic, even if not on the same line.
  9. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    Do this experiment with the Canucks, you’ll get similar results
  10. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    Yep. I hope so too. People need to realize that Jake has gamebreaking ability despite not actually being a star player. He just needs to learn to pick his moments and expose other teams when they're tired or just plain soft, just like Wilson does. Jake knows he will be rewarded for good play, Green seems to support him. But Wilson gets to play with talented forwards because he's earned the trust of his coach. Jake will have to do the same, but he could easily fill a similar role for us if he can prove his worth.
  11. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    If somebody was even close to getting on pace to those totals they would be elevated to the NHL so quickly... Points don't come like they used to, though. Pettersson will be a point-per-game player in the NHL, and in this era that is difficult to come by. I imagine he has the odd 90 point season, but he's genuinely not McDavid...
  12. [Value Of] John carlson

    Excellent player in his prime. If we move Tanev he'd be a great guy to bring in to help our kids. $8.5 is insanity, but we'll eventually offload Edler too. I'd be pretty comfortable trying Carlson, Juolevi, Boqvist/Dobson as building blocks for our new D corps going forward. We've got busy-bee workers that can fill out the rest of the defence group: Stecher, Chatfield, Brisebois, Sautner, Hutton, etc. and Guddy the lumberjack to help sell merch. This is not just a flash-in-the pan career year for John Carlson. He's always had this ability, he's only just now experienced to the point of being able to control the game.
  13. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    I hope Elite Pete wears #40, it just really seems to suit him and his unique playing style. I also really like Dahlen wearing #54, something about it feels pretty original.
  14. 7th Overall: 2018 CDC Draft Consensus

    Swing. For. The. Fences. Hughes Boqvist Wahlstrom Bouchard Dobson in that order. Ideally, I want a creative offensive PP quarterback to: feed Pettersson and Boeser, be open at all times for the point shot, and walk the blue line with Juolevi. Kotkaniemi will be another team’s Bo Horvat, though.
  15. Olli Juolevi | D

    Olli definitely doesn't "jump off the screen". If Tanev is 'understated', then Juolevi is dead silent. I personally would have preferred a more remarkable defenceman with such a high pick, but I can see the need for a cold-as-ice, no nonsense defender. His passing needs to be his focus. A calm defender that can dish the puck is EXACTLY what a team with Boeser, Pettersson, Dahlen, and Lind is going to need going forward. I just wish Olli looked like he was having a little more fun on the ice, but it's not his style. I do think he could really reassert himself when surrounded with other offensive guys. His passing along the blue line/creating plays on the PP is his number one attribute, so if he develops any sort of chemistry with our new snipers, he could really carve out a nice spot for himself... I have not lost faith in this prospect. He's not who I would have taken at 5th OA, but he is a great player. Tall, good skater, gets a decent (wrist) shot off, and makes well-executed passes /can keep pace with high skilled players. Sounds like an eventual number 2 D to me, but let's bring him to training camp...