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  1. Nikolay Goldobin | #77 | LW/RW

    Goldobin gets it. He knows what he needs to work on and probably knows why it's important. If he can master these pieces of the game he could be a force to be reckoned with. I agree with him that his defensive work improved toward the end of the season. It was good off and on the rest of the season, but his consistency improved toward the end of the season. Being stronger on the puck is critical if he is to make the best of his creativity and become a scoring force. He has a lot of other pieces of the puzzle already - passing, vision, stick handling, skating and shot.
  2. Loui Eriksson | #21 | LW/RW

    I think a line next year of Eriksson, Granlund and Pettersson might be a good combination. Two solid two way players with a guy who could become an elite playmaker and scorer. Maybe some Swedish chemistry?
  3. Brendan Leipsic | #9 | LW/C

    I think that currently Liepsic is a bit weak as a 1st line winger. That said, he has the skillset to allow him to fit in on a number of different line styles, so he can be a pretty decent player on at least two of the remaining three line combinations or slot in on the 1st line if needed. I don't see him being a great choice for a shutdown line, but even there could make a workable backup if needed due to injuries etc. Edit to add: Forgot to mention that I think LIepsic still has some upside and could develop into solid top line player, but it might take a couple of years if it happens at all.
  4. goals,goals...from who?

    I'm cautiously optimistic about next year. Pettersson might make the transition right away, or he might take more of an Erik Karlsson trajectory and take a few years to adjust to the NHL game. That said, he dominated the SHL better than Karlsson at a similar age and he seems to make transitions quite well, so he might just jump in and take charge. I'll be very happy to see us hit 250 goals this year. I think the loss of the Sedins will be mostly offset in the standings by the improved team defensive play in their own ends. Team +/- should improve. I have faith in Newell Brown using the players at his disposal to at least keep the pace steady compared to last year's pp, but it will take a bit of a change in style without the twins. Lots of exciting new players but I think we are hoping for more than they will deliver next year. I think in a few years they just might meet or exceed these lofty goals, however. Like Erik Karlsson, some of them will need to improve over time. Not everybody is a stud out of the gate like Boeser (who will improve a bit, but not tons this season imho - one or two more seasons and he'll be contending for the goal scoring lead in the league).
  5. [Poll] Logjam on Defense

    I think we'll see one of Hughes or Juolevi make the team out of camp. We might see both at some time during the season. Whether or not they stick is up to them at this point. I'm excited about both players. It's an interesting coaching dilemma for TG, and I think it could be one of the situations that will define his tenure on the team. What exactly can he make out of a team that is mostly potential and not a lot of proven performers? On the back end, only Edler and Tanev are completely proven quantities. Gudbranson is solid, but still hasn't lived up to his potential. Stecher has had some solid defensive play this last season, but his offensive numbers suffered. How much of that was deployment? Pouliot showed some ability to generate offence but struggled to help the goalies keep pucks out of our net. Hutton had one good year. This year he needs a stellar off season training and to come to camp hungry for success on the ice. He could potentially be sent down if he can't earn his spot, 'asset' management be damned. The Bulldog is a great physical presence despite his lack of size. I really like having him around, but we have a lot of players vying for 8 spots maximum. I'm not a fan of the 'Stecher' treatment and sending guys down who obviously earn a spot out of camp, especially with high picks like Juolevi and Hughes. If they earn it out of camp and pre-season, for god's sake play them.
  6. Who are the bottom 10 teams in 2018 - 2019 (Discussion)

    Any of the bottom 20 teams from this year could make the bottom 10. For Chicago, it all depends on whether Crawford makes a recovery and stays healthy. Their goalie depth isn't stellar.
  7. 2018-2019 - Line-Up - Trades to come ?

    Because he isn't earning a roster spot - not even 7/8 unless he can get back to playing solid hockey on a regular basis. We can't keep everyone, and there are a lot of guys who will develop better with the Canucks than the Comets. I think Hughes might be one, but we'll see during training camp where he fits. And if Hutton can turn things around. It would be lovely to see him do that and make himself trade worthy at least. Asset management isn't holding on to every asset - some times it's knowing when to let go and avoid becoming a hoarder.
  8. 2018-2019 - Line-Up - Trades to come ?

    What's your argument for Hughes not making the team out of camp? Also Gaudette - he didn't look out of place at the end of the season here. I'd say unless Hutton busted his butt over the Summer he's more likely to be sent down and possibly picked up off waivers based on his extended sophomore and beyond slump.
  9. 2018-2019 - Line-Up - Trades to come ?

    Watch for a much faster up tempo team this year. Also watch for a better team in their own end 5 on 5. The Sedins were great players, but most of their points were on the PP and their 5 on 5 play in their own end was really hurting the team. With better depth on D, some strong talent coming up and players more capable in their own end I think we'll be seeing some better results. I don't think JB will have any blockbuster trades or signings this Summer. We already have some top notch talent coming up the development pipe. I think we'll see Pettersson and Hughes in the line up. They are too good to not be there. Stecher should be a good mentor for Hughes to show him how to play defense against the big guys in the Pacific division. Offensively, I think he'll show flashes of brilliance, but it will take a season or two to really shine. Pettersson I expect to jump right in and be a drop in replacement for a Sedin but with less defensive liability. Dahlen also has a shot at making the team out of camp. No idea who he displaces. We have a lot of pieces right now, although possibly not all the right pieces. It will be an interesting chess game for TG to put the right pieces on the ice and I can't wait for the puck to drop. Juolevi is better than most here think. He's probably 50/50 to make the team out of the gate, but the starting D roster is pretty jammed up right now and that's a good thing.
  10. CDC Consensus #7 Overall Pick Poll

    Boqvist is the BPA on that list. That said, he won't be BPA when the Canucks draft because he'll be long gone. I expect either Bouchard or Dobson to be our pick when the time comes because they'll be BPA by then.
  11. Petrus Palmu | RW/LW

    Pavel Bure in 89 was a pretty choice 6th rounder.
  12. Canucks roster year end grades

    Grading on a normal curve means that the bulk will be getting C- to C+. Boeser: B+. This is as good as it gets this year for a Canuck. He had flashes of brilliance and a wicked shot. Injuries reduced his production and he did have the benefit of being at least somewhat sheltered with the Sedins drawing at least some of the oppositions attention. Pretty solid two way player. Horvat: B. He had a solid season and played well both ways, but didn't do anything spectacular. Daniel: C+. Had a decent season without much regression, which isn't bad for a 37 year old ex-superstar. He even started to throw some hits. Not a bad swansong year. Henrik: C. Put up some points, made some nice plays, but like Daniel was not strong in his own end and overall they were both liabilities 5 on 5. Good powerplay performances. Baertschi. C. Would be a C+ with less injury time. He still plays a bit too much on the periphery at times, but when he goes to the hard places he creates some offence. Decent creativity. He can score or make plays. Virtanen: C. He started a bit slow and struggled with consistency but he made steady progress and stepped his game up in the last 10 or so of the season. Wicked fast and decent hands that are starting to catch up with his speed. It's taken a while, but the coaches are getting through to him and he's playing the 'right way' a lot more now. Goldobin: C. Goldobin is another player who is starting to 'get it' in terms of what it takes to make it as a professional. Green is probably the perfect coach for Virt and Goldy as he had to make a lot of changes to his game to make a career for himself. Gagner: C. He's versatile and can slot in up and down the roster when needed, but is occasionally in over his head defensively. His offensive production has been OK, but you can't help but think there's more there, somewhere. Eriksson: C. Offensively he's produced at between 35-40 points pro-rated for a full season, which is less than we'd expect for his history and contract. However, he's been deployed a lot in a shut down role with Sutter and has done a great job in that role. He's a very responsible two way player with significant upside offensively, but he hasn't shown enough in the last two years to justify the contract. WIth a better team around him, he'd shine much brighter. Sutter: C+. Sutter is a stalwart defensively and shows some flashes offensively, but his production wasn't as good as you'd like this season. Still, his line generally outscored the opposition 5 on 5 and they almost always had the toughest assignments each night. Great shutdown duties. WIthout him, this season would have been a tire fire. Poulliot: C. Another player who improved visibly over the season, Poulliot looks like he'll become a solid 2 way d-man in this league. He's still got some work to do in his own end, but he's moving in the right direction. Hutton: D. I like the guy, I really do, but he needs to make smarter decisions in his own end. He didn't use his speed as much to his advantage this season as he did previously and seemed to regress overall. Needs a strong off season to make the team next year. Edler: C+. Plays a lot of hard minutes. Only missed 12 games and put up his best offensive numbers in 6 years. Defensively he got better over the year and he reduced his often flagrant giveaways. Defensively he was good but looked worse due to some often bad goal tending. Markstromm: C. Had a solid end to the season, but was inconsistent the rest of it. If he could find his A game more consistently he'd be a real starter in this league. As it is he's a backup playing more games than he should be. Nilsson: E. Showed flashes of brilliance that were massively overshadowed by incredible inconsistency. Barely backup material this year, needs to get it together to stay in the league. Demko will be challenging for his spot next year. Del Zotto: C. I expected more from him, especially pp production. He was possibly the Canucks most physical defenseman, and at least dominated this hits stat. Neither terrible nor great in his own end, but at least 'good'. Stecher: C. Improved defensively, declined offensively. This might be a neccessary step to grow as a hockey player for him. Here's hoping he works both ends next season. "E" for effort, though. Granlund: C-. Struggled to produce offence, but very solid defensively. Tanev: C. Our best shut down defenceman, but no offensive upside and plagued by injuries. Need more games from him to win. Jokinen: C+. A big surprise, Jokinen found some chemistry here and produced some good numbers. He's a professional and probably wanted to prove that he could still play the game. Solid two way play. Surprised he was just thrown in to the deal. Dorsett: A for the 20 games he played. Too bad he had to retire, he was the heart of the team in a lot of ways. Archibald: C+ with "E" for effort. Archi played a great two way game and still managed some points. A physical presence and he probably just earned a full time spot for next year. Leipsic: C+. Started with a bang and then had fairly solid performances. He could be a keeper. Biega: C+ (modified grade for a guy who's a 7/8 d-man). Strong effort every night, but he did the job well when called upon. Gaunce: C-. Good defensively, but needs to learn how to produce at this level. Might not make the bubble next year. Gudbranson: C. Played a lot of hard minutes, but broke. Need his physical presence. Can't help but think there's better to be seen from him in the future - and we'd better see it.
  13. Re-Signing RFAs and UFAs

    Might I suggest, out of respect for those with trisomy 21, that we instead use the term "Botch" in cases like this? It might be a bit harsh, since nobody really deserves the comparison to that kind of pond scum, but it's much more unfair to use an outdated derogatory term for people with Down's syndrome and who are generally delightful.
  14. Darren Archibald | #49 | RW/LW

    Archibald has found a niche in the NHL and I don't think he's going to change a lot after this point. He's reaching his ceiling, but at least it's a ceiling in the NHL. He can make a living here by playing solid defensive hockey and chipping in a few points here and there on the bottom six.
  15. Loui Eriksson | #21 | LW/RW

    He would be at around 38 points if he played the whole season. Not bad for a guy who's spent most of the season in a shut down role without a lot of pp time. Given the defensive responsibilities, he and Sutter both have a pretty good stat line, most particularly +/-.