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  1. Quinn Hughes Vs Rasmus Dahlin!

    That sounds like fake rationalization to me!
  2. I think you are thinking of Herbie Kabolochuk. Used to play for the Castlegar Rebels.
  3. World Junior Eligible players this year

    I am not one of those. Kesler played his heart out for this franchise for many years. He and Burr were heart and soul guys. At a point he decided a CUP was not going to happen in Van and decided to move on. He fulfilled his contract to that point. Now he must realize it won't happen in Anaheim either.
  4. Sam Gagner | #89 | C/W

    No way should my comments about Gagner be taken as negative to his accomplishments. Any player who makes the AHL and NHL should be recognized as superior hockey players. Obviously Gagner had a great season with Columbus the year before he came to Van. My take on the situation is all about development and the TOI required to bring prospects along. As a fan I have the latitude to make relatively uninformed judgments. Benning has to be far more pragmatic as he goes through a multi year rebuild. IMHO Van has to many vets so I identified Gagner as the player to move.
  5. Sam Gagner | #89 | C/W

    I must be one of those you are referring to. Did not like the signing but saw the reasoning. My issue with Gagner is that he is a perimeter player and his puck possession is challenging. Weighing what he delivers versus how his TOI could be better spent I would not be sorry to see him move on. That decision is also impacted by the number of vets who will likely be on the roster on opening night. Currently there are too many.
  6. Brendan Leipsic | #9 | LW/C

    I think you are exactly right about the sample size concern. Even up I take Leipsic over Gagner simply because he is younger. As Van enters this phase of their rebuild Benning should have the opportunity of trading those players who are not in the long term plan. Development is critical as it adds value. Gagner is a known quantity whereas Leipsic has upside if he is given opportunity. That does not change the reality that either player could be moved.
  7. Brendan Leipsic | #9 | LW/C

    Only on CDC can you have a player like Leipsic pencilled into a top line role. He hasn't even shown the ability to stick for a season yet. Hope he can but I am not jumping on any bandwagon.
  8. Evan McEneny | D

    His injury was very disappointing to those of s who thought he might get some games in Van last year. Hoping the injury does not set him back to badly.
  9. Jonah Gadjovich | LW

    You are so bang on! Anyone who generalizes about how a prospect will develop has not been involved in player development. Fundamentals of the game can be evaluated and weaknesses in a player's game can be identified. Whether developing that player best at the AHL level versus the NHL have to be determined within the context not just on the specific players needs but also on how that fits into what the orgs has going. Tallon might have thought bringing Buffy into the NHL was best because he had the TOI to invest in him. Having confidence in your AHL team is critical in the Canuck's effort to create a winning atmosphere towards a serious CUP challenge. As the prospect depth increase there will not be room in Vancouver for everyone. A strong Utica can develop these players as they wait for their shot or JB decides to move them in an effort to upgrade.
  10. [Report] Luca Sbisa to test free agency

    Prefer Sbisa over MDZ but he will get more term than 1 year and signing him would require dealing MDZ. IMHO MDZ is not a top 4 d-man whereas Sbisa is on a team like the Canucks. Neither are top 4 on a serious CUP challenger. Poulliot and Hutton can fight out the 3LD until one grabs it. At some point barring injury to the roster MDZ or one of Hutton or Poulliot are moved or cut. TOI has to exist for LD prospects from Utica to get some NHL games this year.
  11. Kole Lind | RW

    I agree with you. I highly doubt more than 3 rookies crack the lineup this year. 2 forwards and a d-man. I am really excited about Utica this year. So much youth that can bond as they prepare for future careers with the Canucks. The time line puts no pressure on adding a huge number of rookies on the Canucks. I prefer they establish their pro game in the AHL first.
  12. Or maybe you just read his posts and decide whether he makes sense or not. Usually he makes a lot of sense IMHO.
  13. 2018 Canucks Summer Development Camp

    I believe it was Gaunce pushing up the hill.
  14. Troy Stecher | #51 | D

    Solid assessment IMHO. The question about Stecher is whether there will be a spot for him if offence is his reason for staying. IMO his shot has been a disappointment so far. I did like that his d-side game improved last year. He is quick and his passing solid. He could carve out a role as a transition d-man. Turn the puck up ice either with skating or the pass. As the Canuck forward group improves it will likely help his game.
  15. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    Love the fact that he is working on his hands this summer. He creates so much opportunity that a little more finish and his ppg will climb.