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  1. As we all know Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini took to twitter yesterday to apologize for the season the team just had, and while I am sure his heart was in the right place it was wholly unnecessary. Any fan who really looked at this team coming into the season understood that when injuries hit the depth wasn't there to make up for the losses. This doesn't make the season a failure. The organization did the right thing allowing prospects to continue their development away from Vancouver, rather than forcing them into a tough position before they were physically and emotionally ready for it. In the end they will be rewarded for this decision. The most important decision the Canucks made IMHO was to re-sign Jim Benning and allow him to continue building what he started. Stability and continuity within an organization is important during a rebuild. He has made mistakes, but there isn't a GM in the league that hasn't, but what he has done is help put together a scouting staff that this fan base is confident in. Going into this upcoming draft there is a confidence among fans that they will get it right that hasn't been here in this franchise's history. On the ice this organization is putting together a depth of prospects that is impressive and while not all of them will turn out the way we hope, they don't necessarily need to. This is the advantage that depth gives you. No better example of this then what is going on in Utica right now. With Canucks out of the playoffs all eyes will be on the Comets and the prospects they have assembled for their playoff run. Trent Cull and Ryan Johnson deserve a lot of credit for the season they have. The players that have come to Vancouver from the farm have been slotted into the lineup and haven't looked out of place. Heading into next season training camp will be the most highly anticipated in team history, and for good reason. Fans believe something positive is being built here. I am on this forum quite a bit, and post from time to time. I applaud the fans that take time out of their days to watch and keep people informed about what is going on with the Canucks prospects playing throughout North America and Europe. If there is a game that I can't catch I come here, because I know there are fans who will have watched and are giving the lowdown on what happened. It's really phenomenal and I hope it continues! We posted our podcast here two years ago and we have continued push our message of passionate, yet respectful discussion on the Vancouver Canucks. The link to our Post-Mortem episode on the Canucks season is below. Feel free to listen. https://justabitoutside.podbean.com/e/episode-91-canucks-post-mortem/
  2. Jonathan Dahlén | C/LW

    If I heard Benning right between periods last night he seemed to hint that it would be more likely that if Dahlen loses today that he will head straight to Utica. I would love to see his team move on, I would to see him here for Saturday, and I would love to see him head to Utica in time to see him help the Comets go on a playoff run. There is no scenario that isn't a positive for his development.
  3. Kole Lind | RW

    https://twitter.com/SDavidsonWKTV/status/981354465029705728 https://twitter.com/SDavidsonWKTV/status/981354465029705728 https://twitter.com/SDavidsonWKTV/status/9813 Here's a story from a local news station as they introduce Kole Lind to Utica. It's impressive how this town rallies behind the Comets.
  4. Adam Gaudette | #88 | C

    In the games that I have watched he has been the first on the ice on the PK, he is taking the important defensive zone faceoffs, and when the game is close he is on the ice at the end of games with the net empty. At the very least that is a very good indicator that coach Jim Madigan has trust that when the chips are down he will get the job done in the defensive end.
  5. Time To See The Youngsters

    I have never understood this idea that you plunk all your youngsters into the lineup to "see what they can do". How about instead you take each prospect on their own and put together a development plan that fits what he needs to get him to play at his highest potential. If that means he can come into the NHL as a teenager then so be it, but there are precious few who can handle not only the physical pressures, but also the mental pressures that come with playing in Vancouver. I know we all want to see these prospects sooner rather than later but if keeping them away from Vancouver to develop elsewhere, both physically and mentally, allows them to become the best versions of themselves at the NHL level isn't that the point anyways? I am looking at the bigger, more distant picture that allows these great young prospects to get to a point where they are helping this franchise hoist its first Stanley Cup.
  6. Adam Gaudette | #88 | C

    I don't usually jump out of my seat for an empty net goal but I did for this one. It personified what kind of a player he is. Hard work and never say die!
  7. Thatcher Demko | G

    IMO Demko will be up here next year splitting starts with Markstrom. Maybe 60/40 in Markstrom's favor unless Demko shows he can carry the load. The Utica Comets this year have been a very under reported and a great story. I think many assume because of the constant injuries with the big club that they would be struggling too but it hasn't been the case. They won again last night and have collected at least a single point in their last 12 games, a new franchise record. Demko has looked great, Holm had another multi point game last night, after a 2 goal game last weekend and seems to be rounding into form on North American ice. You have to give a lot of credit to Trent Cull, Ryan Johnson and the organization down in Utica for the job they're doing.
  8. I think there is reason to be both excited and a little cautious about what this list means. I respect Craig Button's opinion, he spends time watching each of these players. I'm sure there are players not on this list that will have good NHL careers, maybe Kole Lind is one, and there will be players on this list that won't pan out. I do find it funny that there are some on here trying to dismiss this list who would probably on here screaming at the top of their lungs if the Canucks had no-one in his top 50. This organization has decided that it needed to improve it's drafting and development and Craig Button's opinion is that we have taken tremendous strides in the right direction and that is something to be excited about. Maybe next year Canucks draft picks from this upcoming draft will be on there, or guys like Lind, Gadjovich or Rathbone will continue to develop. In the end the proof will be what happens when these prospects enter the NHL, but for now I am much happier having our prospects on this list then I am to have us shutout like in years past.
  9. Adam Gaudette | #88 | C

    Watching the game tonight the Canucks missed what Dorsett brought to the table. Madigan's story about Gaudette and Kevin Roy is what has me excited to see this kid. Sutter is a decent 3rd line centre but he lacks that edge that is needed to go up against the other teams best players. I want that player who has the arrogance and belief that he can go up against any teams best player and go after him for 60 minutes. He may not always bring the same level of skill a McDavid or a Gaudreau has but he will never be outworked. I have watched 10-15 games Gaudette has played this year and his dogged pursuit of the puck is impressive. He doesn't take shifts off and has swagger to his game. If he can bring the intangibles that Kesler and Dorsett brought with some of the scoring touch he has shown at Northeastern we have an important piece going forward.
  10. When can we extend Jim Bennings contract?

    Mike Gillis hired him as a scout but this regime moved him up to director of amateur scouting which we can agree is a little bit of an upward move. I would like to think Jim Benning had some say in the move considering Linden has no scouting experience and Benning has spent the majority of his career working as one. Regardless this move was made under this regime and it was clearly a step in the right direction.
  11. When can we extend Jim Bennings contract?

    One of the arguments I constantly hear from Benning detractors is that Judd Brackett deserves the lion share of the credit for the turn around in Canucks drafting. For years fans wondered how Ron Delorme kept his job despite the Canucks pitiful results at the draft table. Previous GM's had an opportunity to overhaul the scouting system. Brian Burke didn't do it, Dave Nonis didn't do it, Mike Gillis didn't do it, but Jim Benning did do it. Part of his job was to make sure he put the right people in place and his eye as a scout allowed him to find the right person in Judd Brackett to turn our drafting results around. There hasn't been a time in the history of this franchise where there has been this much positivity surrounding Canuck prospects. Now you want to fire the man partly responsible and replace him with someone who has no loyalty to any prospect or player in the organization? If you look at the best franchises in professional sports the thing they have in common is great ownership that puts people in place to run the team and entrusts them to do the job through the ups and downs. The Steelers have had 3 coaches since 1969 and they have sustained success for almost 50 years. In the 80's Frank Griffiths gave Pat Quinn that kind of power and he turned this franchise from a joke to a franchise that was respected. I want that kind ownership and that kind of trust back for this franchise.
  12. When can we extend Jim Bennings contract?

    Would love to know where you got the 3.5 year stat? IMO it's an extremely telling stat, but the question is how do you interpret it? Is it due more to the poor job done by the GM or is it due to ownership and organizations with itchy trigger fingers that feel the grass will be greener with a new GM running the show? I'm sure it's a combination of both but what I do know is that we are coming to 25 years without a Canadian team winning a cup and that all can't be due to poor management. Maybe if organizations would give GMs more time to put their visions in place Canadian teams would be more successful. It's impossible to say.
  13. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    I'm going with the positive that because the shootout wouldn't mean anything in the standings he didn't unleash his grade A moves. That's my belief and I'm sticking to it.
  14. Adam Gaudette | #88 | C

    I try not to get concerned over these kinds of things. I think anyone in his position would be wise to at least explore every option available to him but in the end I am confident he will see the way this organization dealt with Brock Boeser and the success he has had and he will sign here when his season ends at Northeastern. He has gone through some great development in the NCAA and by the end of this season or at the beginning of next season there should be a spot down the middle available for him if he proves he is ready.
  15. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    Pettersson with a nice little Bobby Orr moment flying through the air to score that goal.