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  1. Nikita Tryamkin | D

    I guess the truth is... up in smoke?
  2. Olli Juolevi | D

    Mad respect for the username. Great books.
  3. Kole Lind | RW

    The release on his shot is deeeeecent.
  4. Jalen Chatfield | D

    If we draft for character and ability, this shouldn't really be a problem. Something I'm irrationally worried about is the perceived logjam that'll develop over the next few years if we keep this up, though. It's like my BeAGM modes. Too many high potential player forced out of the lineup by assistant coaches because there are slightly better players (right now) ahead of them. Then those players lose out on development time. Also, if you add in the human element, it'd be hard to see so much talent ahead of you and figure you still have a chance.
  5. Lukas Jasek | RW

    We thank you. Kinda in the same boat. He might pan out, he might not. I would love for him too. I do think playing in Europe should end for him this season. Next year, Utica. Could be a stacked team, and who doesn't like prospects developing in a winning culture? I don't Jim Benning doesn't.
  6. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    That's interesting... Maybe we should make something of Benning's comments about "where he ends up"? Benning almost always talks about the immediate future of players rather than their long term value.
  7. Michael Carcone | LW/RW

    Carcone looks like a Sicilian wardog. We need him in our kennel. Even if his purpose is just to push our developing stars in the minors, I think we could win out big here.
  8. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    Honestly unbelievable. Well, it is until I think about Burr's defensive value and his worth as a leader on and off the ice. Still highway robbery though.
  9. Yeah, honestly, he kicked ass for a rookie right out of the OHL. There's no arguing it. The antics are crap. He's full of piss and vinegar, that one. I kinda like it, and kinda don't. I really liked Burrows' antics. But the kid definitely stepped over the line a few times. I'm surprised he didn't get more crap.
  10. Kole Lind | RW

    I really like that Benning's "administration" has prioritized intelligence and character the last couple drafts. These are inherited traits for the most part that can't be taught. That's not to say they can't be accentuated or dulled, but for the most part they're ingrained from the get-go. Lind, Gaudette, Petterson, and Juolevi are all examples of this. Gadjovich seems to fit the definition as well. I'd add in some of the other picks from this year but I haven't seen enough of them to comment. I think the greatest asset of these traits is their coachability. The players can understand the dynamics of the game like their coach does, and so his strategic adaptations won't be wasted on them. This could and should make for a terrifically tactical team. I'm so freaking into that. Back to Lind - I see him as a middle six forward with scoring ability, but he could excel. I feel (major hope here) like he might be Benning's Pominville of his tenure as GM here. That would make me soooooo happy. God I can't wait for preseason. GCG!
  11. Canucks have absolutely no star power!!!

    I feel like I'm at the end of the first act of "The Reanimator"
  12. Canucks have absolutely no star power!!!

    Looks like a lot of people here didn't read the article... It's saying that if you take an aggregated measure of balanced stats, our players are making less of an impact than other teams' players. This is not that complicated. We have been an abysmal team for three years (the length of their "study"). It's not at all controversial that we have no "stars" who're carrying the team. Horvat, Henrik, Daniel. All them are outside of the parameters set up by the study. So, go ahead and gripe about the bias of Eastern media or whatever else, saying we totally have stars. Fact is, our team has sucked and probably will suck for a year or two more. What this article could do for us, as a fanbase, is make us more critical of our moves and create upwards pressure on management to be creative and include analytics in their decision-making (something they did with Dahlen, Petterson, Goldobin, and all of our FA signings). I just don't get why people are pissed off. It's only a model, not fu&king Camelot.
  13. Olli Juolevi | D

    Yeah man. Where would he fit? I can see it as a cap dump, but not as a trade for Gudbranson....