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  1. Last season Petey hit the wall shortly after the all star break, this season he lasted a little longer. He's not yet physically mature enough to play a whole season producing at a 1C clip while being hooked, hit and held more than anybody on the team. We should have expected his performance this season to drop off around 60 games. He's looked like he's running on fumes for a couple of weeks. He'll gain another 10 or 15 pounds of muscle this offseason and last through game 70 next year. It's a maturation process, he's basically playing with the body of a skinny 18-year-old. I heard Eddie Olczyk on a podcast a couple of weeks ago. He said that he would lose over 20 pounds in playing weight during the course of the season. Petey can't afford weight loss like that, he doesn't have 20 pounds to spare.
  2. According to Brian Burke, who was a GM in Miller's draft year, everyone loved his physical attributes but he dropped because people questioned his mental makeup such as an inability to accept criticism. Some GMs saw him as kind of uncoachable. He has obviously overcome those faults in his game and become a leader on this young team. It wasn't the trade that made Miller grow up, it was growing up and playing on a championship caliber team with world class players who were a lot better than he was. When Stamkos tells you to get to a spot for a pass, or dump and chase harder, or backcheck harder, you do it.
  3. I don't mean to bash Brock, but he also played most of the season with Miller and Petey and on one of the best PP units in the league. This is also a team that plays a fairly wide-open style. LA has become more of a low-scoring team the past two seasons and I would think playing there when they are as bad as they've gotten after being a regular cup contender made the game harder for everybody. So it makes sense that Brock had eight more points. Honestly playing on that line should have gotten him more. I like Brock and understand he's still developing, just saying that in this case the rental is an improvement. Since this is supposedly the leading edge of our window I wouldn't be crushed if the Canucks gave Toffoli a contract and looked to move Brock.
  4. When Brock gets back, he'll be either second or third line, I'm pretty sure Toffoli is stuck to Petey and Miller for the duration. Even though Petey was fighting the puck tonight, that line was still dangerous because of Miller and Toffoli's play. Petey should have had two tonight. Also keeping Toffoli with Miller and Petey increases the chances he signs with us after the season, because he can see the potential of winning a scoring title and another cup.
  5. Honestly, all around game, Toffoli is better than Brock. He's more responsible defensively, he may not have Brock's finish, but he's a better skater and is a better passer with a higher hockey IQ.
  6. Toffoli has very high hockey IQ and thinks the game at a level with Petey and Miller. Jake is much better this year, but he still doesn't think the game at their level. I wouldn't mind Jake on Bo's line as they are more of a transition line where Petey and Miller tend to be more of a cycle, play-making line. Toffoli might be the perfect match for Petey and Miller, higher hockey IQ than even Brock, who is pretty much only a finisher where Toffoli is a great finisher, but he can distribute too.
  7. No doubt in my mind Marky is our MVP, not just for his stellar play but also for his obvious leadership on this team. Marky should be in the Hart trophy conversation and an obvious Vezina finalist. If the remainder of the season plays out as the first 75% has, Hughes should be an easy Calder choice and a Norris finalist as well. I think Bo should get some Selke consideration and I wish there was an award for what Miller has meant to this team. Not only has he been far better than expected but he has brought a whole new winning attitude to this team. This is team is far harder on the puck top to bottom than any Canucks team in the past five years. I think that's a work ethic, professionalism and attitude that Miller brought to Vancouver.
  8. Can you imagine how good the twins would have been with Miller on their wing?
  9. Eell Well this move opens a regular spot on the 4th for Big Mac. Seems like JB solved the top 6 forward and toughness issues with one move. This move also suggests that Brock is gone for a while longer. If it's really a shoulder injury, then when he's back, he probably won't have his shot or one-timer, so he'll be a regular 3rd liner until fall camp.
  10. It's funny how one injury has changed the dynamic of both the third line and Bo's line. With Gaudette in for Sutter, the third line is more of a scoring line and less of a shut down line. Without Sutter, Bo's line and the 4th line are getting the tough matchups and more D-zone starts.
  11. Marky was great in the first, but the D was very casual in the second and left Marky out to dry. You can't expect him to play 100% all the time, but those saves in the first were timely and gave the boys confidence. I know there were two or three he would like back, but a win is a win.
  12. Here's hoping at the deadline the Canucks are still in the race and Benning has no need to trade him.
  13. I think CDC folks are funny, Tanev, a fragile, 50-60 game per year stay-at-home home Dman with zero offensive game and no grit was easily worth a 1st a year or so ago, but Demko, a goalie prospect who was a college and AHL stud who has played well in the NHL is only worth a third and is a reclamation project? Riiiiiihgt.
  14. Yes, the concussions are an issue, but lots of players have had some concussions and still are successful, Sydney Crosby ring a bell? Ayone who has been watching Demko can see that his fundamentals are sound and he was a stud in the AHL. At his age, he's worth much more than a third. Plus he'll get more starts down the stretch to further improve his resume. You don't think teams looking for goaltending help haven't scouted him?
  15. The stat comparison was minus the one blowup game a few weeks ago. Prior to that their stats were pretty equal. I think anybody looking at our team's prospects would put Demko in the top two or three. But yeah, pretty sure what you said above is what I wrote more concisely.
  16. That would depend on whether we could get more for him this year, a playoff bubble team with weak goaltending might part with a lot to get a great young goalie prospect.
  17. Except these days backups are expected to take on much more of the load and can often be as important as the starter. Look at Toronto, the lack of a quality backup was one of their biggest problems earlier this season, I think I read they were like 0-14 with a backup in goal at one point. I say keep Demko for now, sign Markey to a five year deal, we'll know by the trade deadline if Mikey is the real deal. If the Canucks are buyers at the deadline keep Demko and deal him over the summer for picks, if we're sellers, deal him in a package with LE and maybe Baer for picks/prospects. If we keep them both, one will have to be exposed in the Seattle expansion draft and we lose him for nothing. At this stage their stats are pretty equal, but Markey brings the leadership intangibles and Demko has concussion history.
  18. This is why IF the Canucks have to expose a goalie in the Seattle expansion draft, I think it should be Demko. He's injury-prone and has suffered concussion problems which always seem to be lurking around the corner for players with these issues. Marky is the better goalie and has been much healthier in his career. Mikey might be ready to be a #2 after that draft, he's having a fantastic year in Utica and it looked like he took over as the #1 after not winning that spot out of camp.
  19. This team is not the same without Edler. Look at our record with and without him over the past few years. I thought it was a mistake to put the "C" on Bo, he's feeling the pressure and it's effecting his game. They should have put the "C" on Edler for a couple of years, he's really the glue guy on this team, quiet leadership, unflappable personality, a player everyone likes and respects. Don't get me wrong, I love Bo, but if your captain is a forward it's expected that when the team needs it he'll reach down and find another gear, like Crosby, Toews, Messier, Iginla, etc. With Bo there is no extra gear, what you see is what you get, maximum effort every night, which means when the team needs extra, he has nothing left to give. Honestly, they should call Goldy up, give him a month to make it or break it playing every shift with Petey and Miller. Not a period before Green puts the lines in a blender, but every shift. Petey has shown very little creativity without Goldy, yes he's still getting his points, but it's obvious to me that even Miller doesn't process the game at the same level as Petey. The Canucks have only one other player under contract who sees the ice the same way, and that's Goldy. Petey looks joyless out there, it's obvious that he's also putting a lot of pressure on himself and that's affecting his game.
  20. I absolutely LOVE this guy. Great player, says the right things with the media and in spite of draft year questions about coachability according to Brian Burke, Miller seems like great veteran leadership. I'm sure JB did his due diligence before making the trade, but no doubt this has been the acquisition of his career. Finding a inexpensive, under-used player of this caliber with term, and he ONLY cost us a 1st rounder, no prospects or additional picks? That's robbery!
  21. Neither Hrudy nor Friedman are "Torontonian" critics. Hrudy is the TV color guy for the Flames, so he sees the league and in particular the Pacific a lot. I think his relationship with the flames tends to color his perspective some, but he is certainly NOT east coast centric. Juice was teasing him over a poor choice of language regarding Pearson, but you have to admit last year was a very bad year for Pearson if not quite rock bottom. Nobody who is offloaded twice via trade is having a good year. Neither of those trades was quality asset for quality asset but the exchange of disappointing players looking for a fresh start. Good for him to have turned it around. Friedman has his finger on the pulse of the entire league better than anybody in media, hence his position on the HNIC panel in spite of never having played the game. I listen to his podcast and he is always very fair to the Canucks. That said, I got a kick out of Juice on the panel and hope he becomes a fixture, his sense of humor and insight really improve their segments.
  22. Great full-game effort by the boys, they did a great job back checking, I can't count the number of Oiler pockets picked by Canucks skating hard and staying with their man. I thought Stecher was an unsung hero, and I've changed my mind on Hughes' lack of size, at least in the short term. Last night his body position was perfect and how solid he is on his skates allowed him to physically push guys like Draisaitl off the puck along the boards. He has learned since Draisaitl schooled him in the first game, good on QH. Last night's game was tailor made for Tanner Pearson, hard, heavy and not pretty, I wish he'd play that way every game. Side note, Smith was awful last night. Neither of those low post goals (Leivo and Pearson) should have gone in.
  23. Fantenberg is left handed. I know that Travis prefers to play Dmen on their correct sides due to the speed of the game. Back when I played I didn't care, there were benefits to playing the off side, like walking the blueline forward and having a better angle for shots and passes, but hearing Friedman and Marek on their podcast I realized something that I hadn't thought of, the first pass as you come around the your net is either on your backhand or delayed which with the speed of the game is significant.
  24. If they are out long, look for Miller to move to the middle on the third line and be on be PK2. Until tonight, Miller has taken the majority of the first line faceoffs, I suspect to preserve Petey's left wrist and hand.
  25. I agree with this. QH is fun to watch, but his defensive zone play needs A LOT of work. He was on the ice for four goals against. On the last two Washington goals, a man was screening with nobody challenging him, and Quinn was about five feet away checking NOBODY. He looked like he was waiting for a pass or something. Go stand next to the guy, check his stick and maybe the shot hits you. Yes Marky was not great, but it's hard to stop what you can't see. He made some incredible saves early to bail the boys out, the boys let Marky down by not bailing him out!