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    Yahoo Sports Article - Elias Pettersson on being NHL MVP

    Actually the emphasis on defence was not so much in the 80’s. Also there was a great disparity in athleteticism among the players. The superstars of the 80’s were so much faster and better skaters than the average player. These days our superstars have a smaller gap in that aspect. Teams have employed better training, nutrition, recovery, etc...
  2. Interesting read on EP. This is not talked about enough around the league. As far as I know, MVP goes to the most valuable player to that team and he sure fits the bill so far. I copied and pasted the article below: How’s this for a stat: When Canucks super-rookie Elias Pettersson is on the ice this season, his team is plus-32. When he’s off the ice, it’s minus-46. And that’s just about all you need to know about Pettersson’s MVP case this season. No one expected the Canucks to be any good, but here they are in the thick of the Pacific race halfway through the season. And they’d probably be a lot better off if he hadn’t missed eight-plus games due to injury, because the nights he missed saw the team go 3-5-0— including the game in Montreal last week, in which he only played nine minutes before he was injured — and get outscored more than 2-to-1 (25-12). And technically, Canucks opponents went 5-0-3in those games because in all three of those wins, Vancouver failed to win in regulation. Yes, of course one has to keep in mind that Pettersson’s shooting 28 percent and that isn’t sustainable. And one has to keep in mind that he’s already missed almost 10 percent of the full season’s schedule, so that might factor in as well. And granted, the Canucks’ underlyings stink, especially since Pettersson’s 57.8 percent CF (????) suggests they won’t keep winning as they have: only enough to keep them juuuuuust on the outside looking in, but Anaheim is collapsing right now. He’s a transformative talent, sure, but Pettersson is also the kind of player who’s the future of the NHL. He’s fast and a guy who accelerates to near-McDavid speeds in the blink of an eye, but can change speeds at will to keep opponents unbalanced. He’s big-but-not-too-big, though as many non-serious pundits have noted, not so much that he’s an NHL-ready weight yet. His skill is insane, off the charts of what you’d expect, and only 18 months out from his draft date, he’s No. 1 with a bullet in a redraft. Perhaps most important, he thinks the game in ways other guys don’t and, frankly, can’t. In this week’s 31 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman also makes the case for Pettersson to enter the MVP conversation (not forcefully enough, I would argue), but later quotes Troy Stecher marvelling at a goal Pettersson made out of nothing because he just sees and understands the game on a different level. The problem with Pettersson, in his critics’ minds, is that he is perhaps not respectful enough. Would he have eaten a ura nage in October had he not humiliated Mike Matheson by being too skilled? Would he not have avoided the Russian leg sweep by Jesperi Koktaniemi had he not been tangled up with the Habs rookie as they approached the end boards before overpowering him and skating away? Don Cherry, in a moment of pure, distilled Don Cherryness, said that Pettersson’s most recent injury, which caused him to miss two and a half games so far, was on Pettersson, not the guy who hooked him and took him down a mile from the puck. Because Pettersson was asking for trouble or whatever nonsense Cherry was saying. To me, a person who wasn’t in third grade at the outbreak of World War II, the moments leading up to that takedown looked an awful lot like the kind of hockey play — two guys jockeying for position near a loose puck — that Cherry would normally praise. But Pettersson, a Swede who simply doesn’t “play the right way” (that is, the way the game was played before the invention of cable internet), somehow went looking for trouble on that play and got it. Todd Bertuzzi, who really ought to avoid talking about this kind of thing, also said the Canucks needed someone to Protect little Elias from the brainless thugs of the league like…. Matheson and Koktaniemi? It worked out great for McDavid last Sunday, right? Bertuzzi, just before he said he likes that players like Tom Wilson are still in the league, acknowledged Pettersson should get credit for “going to the dirty areas,” so that was a nice concession. The lead-in to Friedman’s Pettersson nuggets was that his quality of play, and that of McDavid, might cause voters to rethink the way they vote on awards. Maybe a touch optimistic this year, given the state of the PHWA’s voting bloc, but probably headed in that direction. The real thing people will have to rethink in the era of Pettersson and McDavid and Miro Heiskanen and Nathan MacKinnon and all the other U-22 talent now flooding the league and making it faster, more skilled, and more entertaining than it’s been in decades is: Everything. The NHL as you knew it even from five years ago isn’t dead, but it’s dying and it’s doing so way more quickly than you think. How Pettersson slipped to No. 5 in the draft is unthinkable, and that draft was in June 2017, right? How much will change about the way we evaluate — and value — talent in the next five years? Sidney Crosby, the best player of his generation, is the kind of guy that could have succeeded in any era because of his build and the way he plays the game. Joe Thornton and the Sedins are or were in much the same vein. They were ideally suited to the style in the early cap era and continued to evolve even as they slowed down because they were just that smart and the game was never so far past them that they became obsolete. I often say that if McDavid were put in a time machine and sent back to the mid-’80s, he would score about 400 points in a season, but that’s only if some coked-up Patrick Division psycho didn’t two-hand him in the neck behind some 17-point game on a Tuesday night in February. And because the officials — on the ice and at the league office — in this sport refuse to protect star players from these kinds of attacks, maybe the Cherrys and Bertuzzis of the world are right. If people, even the ones whose opinions smart people started ignoring a long time ago, are talking earnestly about how these guys still don’t get the sport, they’re probably right. At least, they’re right about the sport as it was. But Pettersson, McDavid, and all the other high-skill, high-speed guys who follow in their footsteps are likely to remake the sport to suit their needs. Ryan Lambert is a Yahoo! Sports hockey columnist. His email is here and his Twitter is here. All stats via Corsica unless otherwise noted.
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    Time to get even with Matheson?

    We don’t need to get even but we do need guys on this team to stick up for EP. The word is out about his skill level and he has a huge target on his back. Our team toughness as a whole is pathetic. Regardless of who is on the ice, if someone takes liberties, especially if it’s dirty, get in there and deal with him, regardless if your a fighter or not.
  4. I think he is way too slow for this game. Doesn’t have the marketability teams want. I don’t even want him but we are stuck with him since 3/4 of our defence is terrible.
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    Should we go out and get a "tough guy"

    This team truly needs a lot more toughness. Guys who can play and want to get in there to protect their teammates like EP and Boeser. The NHL and refs are not doing their jobs in protecting their stars. Don’t look at them for any help with this.
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    100% agreed but this should have gone in the game thread
  7. I copied and pasted the article that mentions our guy below: For many players, the World Junior Championship is the first time they’ll play in front of an international audience. The stakes are undeniably high. While one tournament shouldn’t be enough to completely tank or skyrocket a player’s stock, it is a great opportunity for them to showcase the work they’ve put in and the growth they’ve achieved. Here are some players we feel really showed off their skill at this year’s WJHC. Tyler Madden - USA (Vancouver Canucks) Madden, a 2018 third-rounder (68th overall) of the Vancouver Canucks, has certainly made an impression during his first games in front of his potential future team's fans. He’s been one of the United States' most aggressive players offensively, driving the net and pushing play forward. Madden has great hockey sense, but he's a pretty small guy in his draft year - listed at 5-foot-11 and 152 pounds - so it makes sense that he was lower on some of the more traditional scouting lists. Still, this tournament has made it clear that, at least against his peers, Madden has what it takes. In the quarterfinal, he had the most ice time among American forwards with 18:17. He was named player of the game in the USA’s round-robin win over Finland. It took time for his efforts to show up on the scoresheet, but anyone paying attention could see that Madden was continually making life difficult for opponents. He makes great plays and he’s starting to adjust his game to a faster pace. While he’s still got some work to do, signs point toward a future as a solid middle-six NHL forward.
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    [PGT] Vancouver Canucks at Montreal Canadiens | Jan. 03, 2019

    Stop trolling
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    [PGT] Vancouver Canucks at Montreal Canadiens | Jan. 03, 2019

    Travis Green is out of his element. This guy is not a quality coach. He failed in many ways today: 1) he did not call for the obvious interference penalty on EP. This was a low scoring game and a power play in this instance could have turned it around. 2) he didn’t seem at all concerned his best player got injured. A coach who has even a shred of passion would have lost it there. Instead we see that stupid look on his face. 3) his attitude was all indifferent about it afterwards. He may have missed the play originally but with replays and all, he ought to have called that player out. Just pathetic! On a separate note, his whipping boy Goldobin keeps getting scratched regardless of him being a top 5 player and producer on this team. Hate this coach.
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    [PGT] Vancouver Canucks at Montreal Canadiens | Jan. 03, 2019

    How is it not dirty? Explain yourself..,. 1) was the puck any where near EP? 2) was EP not taken down on the ice? 3) did EP see it coming? How the hell was this not dirty? Give your head a shake.
  11. Doesn’t matter the intent. That Habs player did this and it was no where near the play. He injured the best Canucks player and there was no response. Just pathetic
  12. Saddens me to see that this team did not stand up for him. This was an unnecessary situation which that Habs player did. He interfered and injured our best player yet no damn response. Shame on the Canucks.
  13. grandmaster

    [PGT] Vancouver Canucks at Montreal Canadiens | Jan. 03, 2019

    100% correct
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    [Report] Canucks recall Sam Gagner from Toronto Marlies

    Sorry 18 goals...geez