Mathew Barzal

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  1. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    I've been hoping that happens for a while now. In fact I even wanted Hansen there when he was a Canuck, I have no idea why the Canucks personnel are so averse to just putting the players with cannons at the top of the circle and teeing them up. Hansen had one of the best one timers on the team and it was really disappointing we didn't use him there. Honestly speaking, I'm not a fan of Virtanen's game. It is extremely reliant on North-South hockey and when we actually retain puck possession and enter the cycle he ends up doing his own thing because he is inept at reading the play. What he does have going for him is that absolute laser beam of a shot. If he can lock that down I think he'd be akin to David Booth in his prime. I think loading him up on the right side is a great idea.
  2. If you're not watching CGY - EDM, you're missing out. Playoff game vibes, holy $&!#.

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    2. Cromeslab


      I’m following,good game so far

    3. J-23


      What a game so far

    4. MikeBossy


      Man these two teams have such a hate for each other - I have to agree with Burke - the F(lames) dont have the boys to handle the Oilers physical play - wow


  3. Ok Virtanen Haters... time to man up

    Virtanen provides intangibles that neither Nylander or Ehlers can provide, so consistent 45-50 point seasons for him would probably put him in the conversation. That's assuming both Nylander and Ehlers dont improve much on their back to back 60 point seasons.
  4. Ok Virtanen Haters... time to man up

    Nobody hates Virtanen, he was just the product of a (what looks to be) poor drafting decision. He had no right being a sixth overall pick. However, he was picked there and he's liable to the scrutiny that comes with that kind of draft pedigree. He's definitely impressed this season, but that's after four years of being unimpressive. You can appreciate what he is now but still acknowledge that he has a long way to go to validate being drafted 6th overall with Ehlers and Nylander behind him.
  5. [GDT] l CANUCKS @ SABRES l 10:00 PST l SAT, NOV 10 2018

    It would be super nice if Virtanen could spend an offseason with Henrik Sedin just working on his passes. It's just a flaw in his game that shouldn't be there right now.
  6. Nikolay Goldobin | #77 | LW/RW

    In the same boat as Baertschi to me. Middle six tweener putting up numbers because they're riding shotgun to a workhorse.
  7. Good teams know they're good, and take their time to warm up. Once they hit their stride around the forty game mark our defense will be absolutely shredded. Our offense, while potent, is relying a lot on young talent who will inevitably run hot and cold. We don't have the defense to grind out those cold months.
  8. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    Haha, I doubt your average joe is as invested in the Canucks as us. No one is going to 'look up' anything, just see the other draftees around him.
  9. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    Given what we know now, I think everyone would be thrilled if we got a Hansen out of Jake. But he will never be judged based on his own true potential, he will be judged based on where he was picked. And it will always be hard to justify his production based on that alone.
  10. Brock Boeser | #6 | RW

    Man, watching today's game it's genuinely hard to watch Boeser accelerate from a stand still. He needs to be taken to the Horvat school of skating.
  11. Pettersson Meets With the Media

    Pettersson is an absolute heart throb. Skill beyond my wildest imagination and the silver tongue to silence the media instigators.
  12. Jonah Gadjovich | LW

    Can anyone who's been keeping up with the Comets comment on how Gadjovich has looked in his limited role? Specifically is his speed a big flaw in his game?
  13. Troy Stecher | #51 | D

    I think we should move him at the deadline for whatever we can get. Hughes will make him irrelevant. Stecher is a nice feel good hometown story but he gets crushed by physical competition and has no exceptional skills to offset that deficiency.
  14. [Report] Mike Matheson suspended 2 games

    Obviously not. Let me clarify, I'm not okay with what Matheson did. I'm just sympathizing with the punishment because there's been no precedent for suspending based on over-physicality. People should not be getting suspended based on whether their target was injured or not.
  15. [Report] Mike Matheson suspended 2 games

    Not a part of hockey legally, but almost every playoff game has physicality as dangerous as Matheson's throwdown in some shape or form.