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  1. Gadjovich has the edge in numbers but a lot of that can be attributed to situation. He's also much closer to an NHL body than Lockwood and fits the net front presence. I also like what I've heard from him in his interviews. Definitely seems to be down to earth with a good work ethic. On the other hand, I've watched highlights of both and Lockwood definitely passes the eye test. The kid is fast and throws a lot of hits. Also has very good hands at high speed. Overall I think Lockwood has higher potential and next year will be in a situation where he will be counted on to provide offence and leadership. Expecting a big jump from him next year. Excited about both but my vote goes to Lockwood.
  2. Born in Medicine Hat then moved to Edmonton from age 5 to 9. When I moved to and lived in Edmonton, I was there for the first 4 of the Oilers cups and began minor hockey at the same as well. Obviously growing up in Edmonton, I was a huge Gretzky/Oilers fan. I'll never forget the day before I moved to White Rock, the U-Haul van was all loaded up and my parents and I were sitting on the floor in our house watching TV and eating pizza when the news broke that Gretzky was traded to the Kings. I was so heartbroken and angry at Pocklington for trading him that I immediately swore my allegiance to the LA Kings and stayed a Kings fan for the next few years. I remember when I moved to the West Coast, I hated the Canucks (not surprising considering I was a former Oiler and current Kings fan). Over the years my stance on the Canucks softened and I slowly began to wish them well. I would even cheer for them here and there when they weren't playing the Kings of course. By the 1993/94 season I found myself pretty much cheering for the Canucks full time. My Mom took me to one game from every series from their 94 run (including game 6 of the final). I am now a die hard Canucks fan and have been ever since that spring (my three sons' middle names are all Canucks). Unfortunately it's been 23 years of disappointment ever since. Lol. I live back in Medicine Hat surrounded by Oilers and Flames fans and my young hockey playing sons always ask why we cheer for the Canucks when they're so bad. They're pretty young so they don't quite get the concept of fan loyalty, haha. I don't know if I'm gonna be able to keep them Nucks fans with all the McDavid hysteria around here but I always tell them that when the Canucks finally do win a Stanley Cup, it will just make it that much sweeter. I just hope I live to see that day. Ha.
  3. Well this is the third straight vote I've used on Goldobin so maybe third time's a charm.
  4. Baertschi was a 1st round (13 overall) pick as well.
  5. Palmu! Wow, very skilled. 5'7" is a huge road block to overcome and he's almost 20 years old but man does he have a ton of tools that can't be taught. Seems very solid on his feet which isn't surprising considering his thick build and low centre of gravity. Very quick, very shifty with dangles. Unreal vision and ability to fit a pass into a small window (he plays the point on their powerplay unit as well). He has an accurate shot that is lightining quick or hard depending on the situation. A lot of goals going bar and in. Check out this highlight package: I might be the most excited about him simply because he was taken so late. If this guy had a couple more inches on him, I would guess he would've been taken 3 rounds earlier or taken in last year's draft.
  6. I was pretty busy the last couple of weeks so I didn't get to do much homework like I have the last couple years (or maybe I'm just not as excited about having a high pick as I have been in the past seeing as its our 3rd time in 4 years). I didn't know a whole bunch about most of the players ranked in that 3 to 10 range and was initially underwhelmed with the EP pick but admittedly I probably knew the least about him. After watching his highlight packages, I'm much more excited for this pick. I'm not worried about him filling out and he is 6-2. It's a different league now. Size isn't the huge advantage it used to be, skill is the name of the game. I have zero problem with this pick now. Watched the highlight packages for Lind, Gadjovich and Palmu as well. Lind seems very comparable to Virtanen. A straight line somewhat physical player with a good wrist shot. Not quite as thick or physically imposing as Jake but hopefully with a bit more hockey sense. Didn't see a whole bunch of playmaking highlights but it's an 8-10 minute highlight package so obviously it doesn't mean he doesn't have that ability. It was hard to get a good read on Gadjovich as almost his entire highlight package was spent in front of the other team's net. He did show he can pick corners from in tight and seems quite adept at deflecting shots. Or if need be he can bang away, bang away and bang away some more and simply will loose pucks into the net. Either way, 46 goals is a good accomplishment. I saw very little playmaking but again, it's only 8-10 minutes of highlights. Palmu on the other hand. Wow, very skilled. 5'7" is a huge road block to overcome and he's almost 20 years old but man does he have a ton of tools that can't be taught. Seems very solid on his feet which isn't surprising considering his thick build and low centre of gravity. Very quick, very shifty with dangles. Unreal vision and ability to fit a pass into a small window (he plays the point on their powerplay unit as well). Did I mention he has an accurate shot that is lightining quick or hard depending on the situation. A lot of goals going bar and in. I might be the most excited about him simply because he was taken so late. If this guy had a couple more inches on him, I would guess he would've been taken 3 rounds earlier or taken in last year's draft. Check out this highlight reel: All in all, I'm quite pleased with this draft. Loving EP and Palmu's upside. I'm optimistic about Lind's and Gadjovich's power forward potential. Not as optimistic as some on here but they have the ability to find the back of the net one way or another and that is something the Canucks are truly lacking. I couldn't care less if the goals scored aren't the prettiest. I just care that they're scored. Goaltending prospects are solid. A little thin for prospects on the backend still but they'll have to work on that over the next couple drafts.
  7. Please stop with the Marc Crawford suggestions people. After his success with the Avs team that had 3 first ballot Hall of Famers and several other star players, he has underachieved at every other NHL stop with some very talented rosters. He does coach an upbeat style and is a likeable personality which would generate interest but I don't believe he's the answer. We've been hearing lots about Green the last couple years but another rookie coach might not be a great idea. I'm actually interested to see which coaches are let go after their teams are eliminated earlier than expected from playoffs. There could be some big names with proven a track record of success. No rush to find a coach when a more qualified candidate could become available.
  8. Vancouver 2010 was the only Olympic hockey tournament that I've really enjoyed (North American ice surface makes for much more exciting hockey and the atmosphere surrounding that tournament was incredible). The Salt Lake 2002 gold medal game was exciting but the rest of the tournament was held pretty stale. I'm fine with this decision. The NHL is a business and the Olympics takes away from that business. Not to mention the risk of injury to players who are integral to their NHL team's success (ex. Tavares). NHL success trumps Olympic success.
  9. Well I'm inclined to agree with you, I think it can actually work out for the Canucks. While it doesn't seem ideal to lose a year off an entry level contract, it could save the team much more money for Boeser's second contract. Most talented young NHLers seem to breakout their third full season in the league (except for the cream of the crop prospects, usually a top 2 draft pick, will breakout immediately). Many young players tend to regress or at least plateau in their sophomore season. If you can get a player to commit to say a 3 to 5 year deal on his second contract about $2 million cheaper the savings could be well worth it. Imagine Horvat had burned a year off of his entry level deal to only play a handful of games in his 18 year old season. His deal would've been up last year and the Canucks may have been able to sign him to something like a 4 deal at $3.25 million. The Canucks would certainly be in a better position with their salary cap in the coming years. As it stands now, Horvat will be due something north of $5 million for the next several years. It could go either way so it is a gamble. Perhaps Boeser does breakout in the NHL the next couple seasons, then you've just lost a year of cheap production. But if he does take a couple years to figure it out at the NHL level, the money you save on his second contract could be very valuable. Either way, I'm glad to hear that he's so eager to join the Canucks as soon as possible and begin his pro career.
  10. There seems to be confusion about the NCAA playoff format. I posted this a few pages back but I'll post it again: They're in the final four of their conference (NCHC). If they win that, then they'll automatically move on to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championships. The NCAA Championships consist of 16 teams (the 6 conference winners and 10 other teams chosen by an NCAA selection committee) which will be announced on March 19. So even if UND doesn't win their conference next weekend, they can still be selected to the NCAA Championships. The 16 teams will be divided into 4 separate brackets (referred to as Regionals) consisting of 4 teams each. Regionals are held at 4 seperate locations and are all on the same weekend (March 24-26). Regionals have semi-finals and finals and that's it. The winners of the 4 Regionals move on to the Frozen Four. From the beginning of the NCAA Championships it's all single elimination meaning 4 total wins (semi & final of your Regional then semi & final of the Frozen Four) gets you crowned National Champions. The Frozen Four is held April 6-8 in Chicago this year.
  11. Yeah, because that's the reason why he didn't sign with Vancouver.
  12. CDC implodes on JB and somehow WD in 3...2...1...
  13. They're in the final four of their conference (NCHC). If they win that, then they'll automatically move on to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championships. The NCAA Championships consist of 16 teams (the 6 conference winners and 10 other teams chosen by an NCAA selection committee) which will be announced on March 19. So even if UND doesn't win their conference next weekend, they can still be selected to the NCAA Championships. The 16 teams will be divided into 4 separate brackets (referred to as Regionals) consisting of 4 teams each. Regionals are held at 4 seperate locations and are all on the same weekend (March 24-26). Regionals have semi-finals and finals and that's it. The winners of the 4 Regionals move on to the Frozen Four. From the beginning of the NCAA Championships it's all single elimination meaning 4 total wins (semi & final of your Regional then semi & final of the Frozen Four) gets you crowned National Champions. The Frozen Four is held April 6-8 in Chicago this year.
  14. If SJ wins the cup, it's a sure win for both teams if that makes sense. Not every trade has a winner and loser.
  15. Pretty much the most ridiculous post I've ever read. Go tell that to a grieving parent who was coerced into vaccinating their child for the "greater good". I'm sure the fact that other parents get to watch their children grow and lead regular lives while their own family is destroyed is a great comfort to them. All because a child might catch some relatively benign disease that the overwhelming majority who are afflicted with it completely recover from and then have natural immunity for life. I can't believe how many in our society have completely lost the ability to use reason and think for themselves.