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  1. Of our current D core only Hughes and Myers (given the lengthy contract) are long term locks so I don't quite understand why some are having this Juolevi v Rathbone or prior to that Juolevi v Rafferty argument. With Edler in his twilight, Tanev and potentially Stetcher gone this fall via free agency and the likes of Fanta, Benn as short term depth pieces, we will have more than enough spaces for these guys to play (provided they prove capable at this level). Moreover if any of our prospects do prove good enough to crack the roster this management has shown the willingness to let those who merit playing time get into the lineup even if it means burying big salary in the minors (Sven) or in the press box (Loui). Remember having competition for spots is a good thing and having good assets in the system whether as depth, in the lineup or as a trade chip is essential. If you look back on our best teams from the WCE era to even the Sedins peak the one thing that we have often lacked is depth and young competition to battle for spots.
  2. First allow me to note my username bias (chosen all the way back in 06 to be fair which is wild now that I think about it) Naslund was our leading scorer from 99-06, a nd had a three year stretch where he was top 5 in Hart voting and another year where he finished 12th. This falls in line with Hank who also had similar 4 year runs at the Hart (winning once, followed by a 10th, a 9th and 14th place finish) and Danny (who like Naslund won the Pearson). I, like most others here love the Sedins but I feel many forget that their peak lasted roughly as long as Naslund's. The separation is that the Sedins had the longevity as the number one option partially by talent obviously but also because we lacked any sort of viable succession plan to overtake them as our top players in their twilight years and benefit of being on better teams in a salary capped league that introduced more parity. Now that being said the Sedins are unquestionably the two greatest to ever play for the Canucks but please recall that before they became stars (which took a few years) it was Naslund leading the team and was an instrumental mentor for the Sedins and Edler (our all time leading scoring forwards and D Man). People, even then were quick to rag on his quiet leadership style but I think when guys like the Sedins and Edler speak so warmly about his influence on them that speaks far greater volumes than anything else. In terms of playoff success Naslund was an unfortunate victim of circumstance in many regards. The lockout at the peak of his powers, The Moore incident which forever altered his running mate Bertuzzi coupled with poor complimentary pieces surrounding him (this was when Cloutier was letting in clappers from centre ice sparking the beach ball memes on the forums for years and the team was drafting gems like Nathan Smith with its first round picks). In our now 50 year history we flat out don't have the rich history other teams do so should a player who was arguably our best player for a decade of those 50 years be in the rafters? Absolutely, though again I will cite my bias along with a very specific subsection who grew up watching him play.
  3. With all the uncertainty and chaos surrounding the playoffs and its structure I think we stand a better chance of running deep than we would've had the season continued. Who knows? Maybe the pick ends up being the 31st pick
  4. Based on his numbers (currently though subject to change should he light it up or falter with us these last 20ish games) I don't anticipate him getting much of a raise (if at all) on the open market. A comparable from last year's free agency is Nyquist. Nyquist got 5.5 per for 4 years. Toffoli has slightly lesser numbers and despite bouncing back this year, isn't as consistent statistically as Nyquist so I anticipate a smaller deal for Toffolli than what was given to Nyquist. Thus I don't think the contract or term will be much of an issue for those concerned. It'll be interesting to see what else Benning has planned for the deadline and how these acquisitions fare during this stretch drive.
  5. CDC mentality every time we trade picks or prospects. In love with the mystery box even though most of the time we move prospects they amount to mediocre NHL players at best. Not saying Madden won't be good per say but his success is hardly a given. Plus as others have noted we have too many centres as is anyway. To flip that asset for a legitimate top 6 winger, a position we are lacking makes sense especially if we can resign him at a reasonable cost. You have to give something to get something. People operate as if we can trade our junk and get value in return.
  6. Marky's a UFA at year's end so the question is what the UFA market will be for a 30 year old starting calibre yet not quite elite goalie? If there is belief that there's a market that'll offer him long term and / or high salary then I think you have to trade him and run with Demko (who is still unproven but has shown flashes). Obviously if there's no market then you can resign Marky to a 2-3 year deal wherein we get more time to evaluate our two young goalies and that contract is much more moveable than a contract with extended term / money Given our cap situation I think that's the correct move especially given if Demko for whatever reason doesn't work out you still have De Pietro in the wings who also has potential. The more likely scenario? We ride Marky the rest of the year hopefully ending in the playoffs and he walks in free agency for money / term (good for him in that case).
  7. We need cheaper players to fill out the roster when EP and Hughes' ELCs expire. Getting Podkolzin on a rookie deal at that point will be ideal as he is cheap and will hopefully be ready to be an impact player in two years time
  8. 39 million in projected cap space - a large portion of which will go to resigning Kerfoot and Rantanen both of whom are RFAs. That puts them at just 7 forwards signed which means they'll have a few spots to fill up front plus they'll have to find a backup goalie as well. I'm not familiar enough with their farm system to know if they can address these within (thereby allowing them to go for the likes of Panarin who'll command a very high price) but Sakic has a lot of work to do to fill out that roster
  9. Avoid splashing in free agency, it's almost always a mistake because the term will kill you when these 27-30 year old guys want 6-7 year deals. By the midpoint those contracts become albatrosses (which is also why the Miller acquisition despite the high price is valuable as he is on a good deal with excellent term). I don't mind signing depth guys on shorter term deals though - those contracts are way easier to move.
  10. Based solely on what I've read (including that great post in the Other Leagues section of CDC) I like Kakko better than Hughes. Hoping that we land the 2nd pick so it's an easy can't go wrong decision as there seems to be a divide in opinion from 3 onward
  11. He strikes me as a Higgins type utility player capable of playing up and down the line up as needed. Hopefully as we acquire more talent on the wing he can be used as a nice 3rd line piece with Gaudette and Virtanen.
  12. Excited to have two blue-chip smart D Men in the system now. Heard Hughes say he could play either side so maybe one they form an elite top pairing for us. Camp will be interesting with these two pushing for spots as well. I am more conservative in my expectations though so I don't expect all of our kids to come up at once. I think gifting them spots is bad for their long-term development. Of our pool, I will predict only Gaudette and EP will crack the opening day roster with OJ initially being sent down but quickly returning when the inevitable injury hits and becoming a regular
  13. It's important to temper expectations on Hughes - most likely he will require time before he makes the pros. With this fanbase though you just know that if any of the D picked after him make it pro faster or if Hughes shows any sign of struggle next year (wherever he plays) there will be people calling him a "bust" .
  14. I've been on this forum almost 12 years now and usually when the forum is excited about a pick (immediately after the pick) the player doesn't pan out (mostly because the armchair scouts and GMs on here have by in large been idiots) That being said in those 12 years Benning is by far the best drafting GM we've had so in Benning I trust. I hope Hughes pans out to be a superstar for us!
  15. Just combing through our draft history for those complaining that JB went off the board or the "consensus pick" this year and last - Looking at Bob Mckenzie's rankings because he polls multiple scouts for a "consensus" rank 2008: #10 Cody Hodgson Ranked 9 by TSN - obviously didn't turn out despite us getting a "steal" if we followed the consensus rankings, Karlsson went 15 FYI 09: #22 Jordan Schroeder Ranked 15 by TSN - Picked the BPA according to rankings, again bust 11: #29 Jensen Ranked 24 by TSN - again picked a guy that ranked higher than our draft position - another bust, Could make a case for Saad who was ranked higher but point of post is that we've picked players that have consistently ranked higher and that hasn't yielded great results 12: #26 Guance Ranked 20 by TSN - picked player ranked above our slot again - BPA according to Mckenzie - Fringe NHL Player thus far while Pearson and Skjei are NHL regulars 13: #9 Horvat 5th BPA according to TSN - an example of us going off the board, had we gone BPA according to rankings, would have been Nichuskin. I think we did good here going off board 13: #24 Shinkaruk ranked 14 by TSN - we went BPA again and he has yet to find a regular spot in the NHL, won't call him a bust yet but the numbers speak for themselves 14: #6 Virtanen ranked 7 by TSN - not as great a leap as some on here suggest but interesting note Ehlers ranked 10 and Nylander ranked 9 so either way. any of those picks would have been off the board for those arguing for the rankings 14: #24 McCann ranked 16 by TSN - BPA again, jury's still out but note that Pastrnak went #25 and he was ranked 22 15: #23 Boeser ranked 26 by TSN - went off board and while it's early I'd venture to say no one is mad anymore about us going off the rankings So hindsight is 20/20 but the point of this post is to illustrate that just because a player is ranked higher doesn't mean that it is the best pick. As our history has shown, we have often went BPA and those instances have almost always failed us. I won't say Pettersson or Juolevi are going to be bonafide stars but I trust our scouts and as our history has shown going against the rankings have produced some of our biggest pieces for the future.