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  1. It's no secret that we are going to be looking for a blueliner at the draft this year. However, looking at their respective rosters, I see reason for concern that picks 4-6 will be used on D prospects (assuming the top 3 of Dahlin, Svechnikov and Zadina go as advertised) as all 3 of Ottawa, Arizona and Detroit have better forwards in the pipeline than defence. What do you think it would cost to move up 2 or 3 spots? To Ottawa: 7th overall, Baertschi To Vancouver: 4th overall
  2. Gudbranson + Baertschi + 2 * 2nd I'm guessing we need to take salary back though
  3. (Rumour) Canucks listening to offers for Hutton

    You will. You could try to say it was a hologram planted by Botchford and the CanucksArmy staff, but you will see it. Routinely.
  4. (Rumour) Canucks listening to offers for Hutton

    If you go to the game and watch him, you'll see. Look for him to "finish his check", about 40 feet out of position (or even the opposite corner) as play develops leaving Hutton/MDZ way too much to do.
  5. [2017-2018] Canucks Prospect Stats Tracker

    Hi guys, I have put the below together which simply pulls the latest from Eliteprospects every few hours. Nothing fancy (and there's at least 2 errors I can see)! https://5464.ca/prospect-stats/
  6. Brock Boeser | #6 | RW

    So, in the media, for the first 6 weeks of the season, Boeser was "slightly behind" Keller in the race for the Calder. For the last six weeks he's "slightly behind" Barzal. Who do we think he'll be "slightly behind" come the end of January? My money is on McAvoy...
  7. At the same stage, he's a bottom pairing guy on one of the bottom 6 teams in the league - does he improve a contender?
  8. When can we extend Jim Bennings contract?

    Not opposed to refund Benning, but he's middle of the road. If a clear better option presents in the next few months, term we should seriously consider. My issues with Benning are that for every great trade (Burrows, Granlund), there's a god awful one (Gudbranson, Clendenning). For every great draft pick (Boeser), there are whiffs (the next forwards taken after Virtanen and McCann in 2014 were Nylander and Pastrnak). In general, the UFA and renewal contacts he's signed are pretty poor. And I'm not sure on the direction (he was all "meat and potatoes Canadian kids" at the start, but drafted 165 lb Pettersson this year - it was the right pick and skill and speed over size and 'grit' is 100% the way forward, but it's worrying he's done an about face so quickly).
  9. Lol @ trading Hutton to keep Gudbranson. Hutton - Tanev is one of the top 5 defensive pairings in the entire league. Gudbranson is a plug we overpaid massively for. Gudbranson doesn't actually bring the physicality people here laud him for. One very reluctant fight against Martin does not a physical player make. We give away way more high quality shots (and shots in general) with Gudbranson on the ice - from the front of the net he supposedly clears. I'm all for having gritty players, but they need to be good hockey players first and foremost, and then actually provide grit. Friedman's thoughts are promising. First team to offer so much as a second is welcome to our worst Dman.
  10. Jim Benning's Drafting

    Can't look at the picks in a vacuum. Say what you want about how good Virtanen and McCann could yet become, Nylander and Pasternak were available at those two spots and you'd be insane to think Toronto or Boston would entertain a 1-for-1 trade like that now.
  11. It's definitely not Pouliot coming out when Gudbranson is healthy. As I see it, it's between Gudbranson and Stecher for the 6th D spot, and I'd be tending towards the latter.
  12. Nikita Tryamkin | D

    If Goldobin can stick with the team and we add another Russian to our roster, there might be enough there to tempt him back. Things appear to be different now under Green, Goldobin is playing with Bo and Boeser immediately after his call up - rookies aren't having to prove it on the 4th line like Jake and Jared did a few seasons ago. If Tryamkin sees that kind of trust in youth and not deference to categorically worse players based on league tenure (Sbisa...), he may be tempted. Tanev, Hutton, Stecher, Juolevi, Pouliot, Tryamkin (+ hopefully a high end D prospect like Dahlin or Boqvist this year) gives us a solid base and the cap space from Edler, Gudbranson and MDZ to potentially pursue Karlsson.
  13. canucks next move is very important

    Give Goldobin a shot starting tonight? Baertschi - Horvat - Boeser Sedin - Sedin - Goldobin Eriksson - Gagner - Vanek Granlund - Gaunce - Virtanen
  14. Erik Gudbranson | #44 | D

    Out of interest, Tom Sestito was a big man that made opposing players think twice about taking liberties, but was a fundamentally flawed hockey player at the NHL level. Why are people so defensive of Gudbranson but were so willing to throw Sestito out the door? Also, the point around his super high even strength on-ice save percentage is fallacious. Yes, it is 0.966, but last year it was 0.888 and career he averages out around 0.918. League average even strength save percentage from 2011 (his NHL debut season) is 0.921, so he's below par on that front.