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  1. Elias Pettersson | #40 | C/RW

    Never. Show us the link to your statement. He had 7th in his final ranking.
  2. Brendan Gaunce | C/LW

    Gaunce is light years better than Archie. Archie 'at times' can be tougher but overall not even close. Gaunce is fast, better defensively, better offensive upside [it he ever gets a chance], better hockey IQ and the ideal teammate team player. He is a mini me Bo with less talent. I like Archie as a depth player but he is also well past his best due date.
  3. Tyler Motte | #64 | C/W

    He certainly has been noticeable because he has great wheels and seems to be working hard. What I have seen in the past and continue to see is poor hands. In 79 NHL games he has a total of 14 points. In pro hockey {NHL / AHL} he has not been able to generate many points and that has been the biggest knock on him. So given that and limited size [5'10"], I much prefer a player like Gaunce [6'2"] who has at least proven at the AHL he can produce points and has the size and proven defensive awareness at the NHL level to be effective. Easy guy to cheer for but I just don't see him in the NHL in the near future.
  4. Nikolay Goldobin | #77 | LW/RW

    I always felt that Goldobin thought the game at a different level and now I am even more convinced. In the past every night he made a few plays that sometimes looked like they were a bad play, . . because his teammate hadn't anticipated the better play. Sort of like playing with the Sedin's where they think ahead and needed other players to anticipate that. Now playing with an elite player like Elias, who obviously thinks the game at a superior offensive level, you can see how easy it is for them to build instant chemistry. Their anticipation of each other is remarkable for playing together for such a short time, and should only get stronger if kept together. Last night they were easily Vancouver's best line and should have each had a few more points. For Goldobin, it's also more than just having an elite teammate, because he has obviously come to camp with a different attitude and looks so much more dangerous. Looks like he has finally got the message, . . . great job by Green! All of this will build confidence and I think this will be his breakout year and we should be able to add his name to our elite talent pool. Early days I know, but so encouraging.
  5. Brendan Gaunce | C/LW

    All this negative talk about Gaunce about his lack of offensive stats, despite the fact he has not been played in that role, high d zone starts etc. that most have already pointed out. BUT, I don't hear any of same concern for our newest member Jay Beagle. All I hear about is how good he will be defensively, which is true, but nothing about offense. So let's look at his goals. Starting in 2010, he has only twice score double digits, 10 & 13, all the others range from 2 - 8 per season. He has only had one season with more than 10 assists, so he is a very low scoring defensive forward. Doesn't make him bad, just saying. Do we not think it is possible that Gaunce can score at that pace, and be just as good defensively? I do given more experience and exposure. Again, he is a big body that skates well that has a high hockey IQ that is a team first player. And right now, he is super cheap [what was it that we just signed Beagle to . . . . $3M for 4 years ! ]
  6. Brendan Gaunce | C/LW

    Really don't get so much hype about Leipsic, especially comparing him to Gaunce. Leipsic has ONE more goal, albeit playing in only about 1/2 the games, but he has been put with gifted offensive players and not been required to play the hard defensive role of Gaunce. And please remember all those pushing for Leipsic, he has only 6 total goals in the NHL, is already 24 and playing for his third NHL team, as a third round draft pick. I think he has passed his best before date and at best would be a weak placeholder until more of the youth comes up. He will not be here in a year or two regardless because he is not nearly as good as the talent coming. Whereas Gaunce has proven both in junior and the AHL to have an offensive upside that he hasn't yet translated into the NHL but his size and defensive abilities are enough to wait a little longer to see his full upside. With his other assets, even if he could add 20 points a year 10 and 10, he would be a huge asset. Plus with all the smaller bodies we have, I like his 6'2" 220 lb frame, maybe just use it a little more.
  7. Quinn Hughes | D

    Unbelievable talent on display tonight by Quinn. So excited at what he will bring to this team as we grow. I know he has been compared to many, but to me as I watched him tonight, it is and has been all along Phil Housley that he reminds me of. Same sort of size and both think offense first. Man if he could put up those numbers and have that type of career, how good would the Canucks be over the next decade?
  8. [Signing] Canucks re-sign Troy Stecher

    Has to with the state of our team in a rebuild, otherwise who would choose us? Plus the nature of the beast is that typically free agents get a little more but you don't have to trade assets, they are free other than the money.
  9. Quinn Hughes | D

    It was McCann that clearly earned his way on to the team with his pre-season play and first 9 games and was on fire. I think Virtanen was the add on partly because of what McCann was demonstrating, but he was clearly outplayed by McCann.
  10. Elias Pettersson | #40 | C/RW

    Wow Elias is just outside the top 100 list of NHL Fantasy top 100 forward rankings for 2018-19. This and Quinn just outside the top 50 list for defensemen. The lists are for all NHL players and prospects, and neither of our players have played a single game in the NHL. While it's a fantasy listing, still the future looks very BRIGHT !
  11. Adam Gaudette | C

    I don't think the comparison of the mistake they made with McCann and Virtanen to Gaudette playing this year is fair. Those two played straight from junior. Gaudette will be 22 at the start of this season has been playing for a few years against men, not juniors. To be fair, you really need to compare Gaudette to what Boeser did last year, . . . and that turned out pretty well. [not saying he will have a season like Boeser, just a similar player/age/experience level joining the NHL.]
  12. Here's what we got now !

    He isn't from junior. If he plays any games, he has signed a pro contract so 9 games means nothing. HE WILL PLAY !!
  13. Here's what we got now !

    NEVER ever going to happen!! There is no way that Pettersson is not on this team. They just signed 3 guys to protect him. And he is one of the main guys fans want to see.
  14. Jett Woo | D

    thanks for sharing that. Very interesting to look at now, right after the draft. I think he is a great pick at 37 and in a re-draft, with recovery from the injuries and a different role would probably be a late 1st.
  15. Quinn Hughes | D

    As I just posted on another tread, I just don't see how Hughes isn't on the team. Regardless of everything else, Jim is over the moon with this pick and wants to show off his shiny new toy, and he knows he will excite the fans each and every night displaying his elite talent and speed. Because of this I now see OJ starting in Utica [especially with his injury setback], which will leave some time to sort things out with trades and injuries. What are they going to say to Hughes, you need another year or two to bulk up and grow a few inches?