Wolfgang Durst

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  1. Brendan Leipsic | #9 | LW/C

    I see Jonah Gadjovich on the team in two years from now. Most likely he will be slotted in on the 3rd line as LW. I think Gadjovich has an edge over Leipsic in terms of the two way game and the ability to win puck battles along the boards and in the corners. Could be a fierce competition between Leipsic and Gadjovich battling for the LW spot on the 3rd line.
  2. Brandon Sutter | #20 | C

    Just read the pass it to bullis on the Vancourier. Wagner is also not very amused giving Beagle and Roussel 4 year contracts. I think it's common sense that those two players are overpaid. I don't care because I wanted the Canucks to add grit and size. Both players bring grit and size. To look objectively on the current roster I really have the concern that goal scoring might be an issue again next season with two checking lines centered by Beagle and Sutter. What's really missing is a 2C, a playmaking centre who scores and provides the leaning environment for Pettersson.
  3. Brandon Sutter | #20 | C

    Humbly, I had the best plan. I sought to initiate a discussion in a discussion forum by referring to two reports. You have to admit that the discussion really took off.
  4. Erik Gudbranson | #44 | D

    I think adding Gudbranson was a huge misunderstanding. Canucks thought they would get another Ed Jovanovski. They really thought Gudbranson would play a similar style of hockey, meaning this physical game. Instead it turned out that Gudbranson is not that physical force Ed was. I heard him in an interview almost at the start of the 2016/2017 season, when he joined the Canucks. When asked about his game he mentioned that he strives to close passing lanes and to block shots. That's exactly what the Canucks got in the end. Once the first half of the season 2016/2017 was played some hockey analysts looked at the stats and found that Gudbranson has just an average number of hits. Given his size you would expect that he was at the top of this ranking. Canucks fans were more than happy when Tryamkin was on the ice. It was Tryamkin who played the physical game - not Gudbranson. Even in the stretches Gudbranson was healthy he did not live up to expectations. I don't see him on the Canucks roster in the future, maybe next season but not beyond. It says a lot about Gudbranson that Jim's main reason for keeping Gudbranson is that Canucks play often against tall and physical teams like LA, Ducks, Sharks. Implicitly he is saying we need some size on the backend. Far not enough to be on the roster of a team aiming to become a playoff team again.
  5. [Rumour] Puljujärvi on short leash?

    Moving a RHD in Tanev out Adding a LHD in Sbisa or De Haan (who is no longer available because he signed with the Canes) ----> Does this make sense?
  6. [Rumour] Puljujärvi on short leash?

    There is already a countryman with Granlund on the team. No need to add another Finn to make feel Juolevi comfortable.
  7. [Rumour] Puljujärvi on short leash?

    1. Did they kill Yakupov? Not sure about it, because he didn't gain traction being with other teams either. I think Yakupov doesn't have the tools to be an NHL regular. I think you can't blame the Oilers for the fact that Yakupov did not become an NHL regular. Agree on the fact, that the Oilers rushed him. But they rushed also other prospects and they pan out in the end. 2. Did they kill Draisaitl? 3. Did they kill Hall? 4. Did they kill Mc David? 5. Did they kill RNH? The Oilers are just like any other team in the league. The teams draft young prospects and after some time they recognize that some of the prospects they drafted pan out and other prospects don't. That's just the way it is. What I am saying is that you should even take into consideration that Puljujärvi might not be the player many hockey analysts and scouting services thought he would be or might become. Personally I think teams have to be patient with prospects. Some prospects need some more time to emerge than others. Puljujärvi could be a prospect requiring some more time to develop. Canucks need also to be very patient with Olli Juolevi, Jake Virtanen, Nikolay Goldobin, just to name a few. Canucks should stay away trading for him. There is absolutely no organizational need for adding another RW. Personally I see the spots on the RW filled with the following players: # 1 RW- Boeser # 2 RW -Lind (hopefully) # 3 RW -Virtanen
  8. Brandon Sutter | #20 | C

    Two interesting reports out there on Brandon Sutter: Time has come to trade Brandon Sutter: https://thecanuckway.com/2018/07/02/vancouver-canucks-time-come-trade-brandon-sutter/ Canucks don't need Jay Beagle (because they alreday have Brandon Sutter) https://thehockeywriters.com/vancouver-canucks-dont-need-jay-beagle/ Have read a while ago that the California Teams (LA, Ducks, Sharks) show serious interest in Sutter. The chance that he gets traded has risen since Canucks added Beagle. Beagle and Sutter play a quite similar game. Both are defensive forwards, play tough minutes on the PK, and are supposed to mentor the young players on Canucks roster.
  9. It's not that JB was not creative enough. Trading for a center is extremely difficult. Just read Jim's statement about trading for a center, he made shortly before the draft: Benning: It's so hard now to trade for centremen, that if you like one you just draft him, then you've got him in your system and develop him. It seems almost impossible to trade for one in today's marketplace #canucks 2:01 AM - Jun 22, 2018 Curious about the better ways to add a center? In this years draft: no way - Habs took a center on #3, Yotes on #5. The best two center in this years draft were off the board when Canucks picked at 7. Adding a center via trade costs you dear: either draft picks, the Canucks are not willing to surrender because those picks are like oxygen for them or prospects. Canucks are not willing to trade prospects away they consider to be part of the next core. Jim views Tanev, Sutter and Edler as vital in terms of mentoring the young kids and stabilizing them. Those three players are also not available as a return for a center. What's left on assets which can be dealt away in exchange for a center? Gudbranson, Hutton, Eriksson, Granlund, Goldobin. I sure Jim tried very hard to acquire a center via trade. The reality is that the asking price other teams requested was just too high for the Canucks. I fully agree with the Canucks approach to keep draft picks and intriguing prospects and not to surrender them in trades. How many center were traded during the 2017/2018 campaign? How many center were signed by teams in free agency ? I am pretty sure that if you answer both questions you see have tough it is to acquire a center via trade.
  10. Neal is definitely not willing to join the Canucks. He is a sniper and has much better options than the Canucks. He turns 31 in September and can still play for a contender. De Haan is a stay at home D-Man. Canucks are deep at LHD: Edler, Pouliot, Juolevi, Brisebois with Hughes arriving soon in the lineup. De Haan would take one spot of the young players (Juolevi, Brisebois). Would not make sense. Agree that MDZ and Hutton should be moved.
  11. Question 1: Who are the right guys ? Question 2: Are the right guys willing to join a team like Vancouver?
  12. They did in the past with signinig a goal scorer in Loui Eriksson. Enough said.
  13. [Report] Canucks in on Tim Schaller

    That's just perfect! Vancouver Canucks are going to finish at the bottom in the 2018/2019 campaign again. This means they are going to pick in the top 10 in next years draft again. Can't wait for next years draft
  14. [Report] Canucks in on Tim Schaller

    JB learned his lesson well.
  15. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    Would like to add another success achieved in the 2017/2018 campaign: He reached the final of the CHL (Champions Hockey League) with his team, the Växjö Lakers. The Växjö Lakers are the second best Team in Europe. Elias Pettersson played 11 games and registered 6 goals and 3 assists which leaves him at rank 5 amongst Swedish Players in the CHL Tournament. http://www.eurohockey.com/stats/league/2018/1332-champions-hockey-league.html?season=2018&type=1&position=0&nationality=SWE