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  1. Well at break the team is doing much better than most have imagined. Some players have really taken an additional step. Who is your fav among those in the poll. Or who did I miss. As an additional, write in who is the biggest disappointment to date. There are a few on the team that haven't lived up to what the fans expected. Jacob Markstrom - Biggest winning percentage of his career Thatcher Demko - extremely solid numbers as a young goalie 26 games into his career J.T. Miller - on track to be his career best season Jake Virtanen - already career bests Tanner Pearson - On track for career best points, maybe even goals Adam Gaudette - twice as good as he was last year and not a liability I vote for J.T. Miller. He's been impressive to watch. Biggest disappointment is Benn. I really thought he was going to be a game changer on the back end.
  2. I looked at our schedule ahead and I don't have a good feeling about it. We could easily find ourselves in the midst of a bad losing streak if we don't find an extra gear and some more heart. Everyone is ramping up and we seem to be slowing down.
  3. Look at the goal differential. Also look at goal allowed per team
  4. I would have loved to touch on this as well as bringing stats into it. Probably could have made this a very lengthy article. At that point though it harms people actually taking the time to read it and react to it. Surely I do respect the aspect that those kind of players bring to the game. So many of these guys become local legends, but not the recognition they deserve for the efforts they bring day in and day out. Especially in the playoffs.
  5. Looking at the history of a few great hockey teams. There are some common threads emerging with our young Vancouver Canucks. In the mid 80's a few players transformed a team, they played for the Edmonton Oilers. The catalyst of this was Wayne of course. We all know of his elite talent level. What he also brought was elevation to his teammates. What is elevation and how can it be quantified in relation to those around you. First you have to look into practices. When you have an elite talent going against you in drills you learn by watching and competing against. This also reflects in goaltending, defence and offence. An elite shooter will elevate a goaltenders reaction time and anticipation. Elite skaters will force D-men to think and react quicker to movement changes and shifty tactics. Offensively elite playmakers will teach fellow players how to create those openings and get shots off quicker and more accurately. Another example of a great elite player was of course Mario. He did the same thing with his team in the 90's. Very similarly with Edmonton Pittsburgh kept the same goaltenders and developed them. Sure back in the late 80's early 90's the averages were horrible, but these goalies elevated. Surely in each case it took a few years to get everything to work. It did for each of these teams. I'm not saying that we have a player or two who will be regarded as one of the greatest ever. Elements of their games are elite though. Which brings me back to the elite elements elevating the rest of the team. We have a young D-man with elite skating and playmaking ability. We have an amazing shooter in Brock and an Elite talent in Skating and play making. I think that the dividends of the past few years are now showing tangible effects of that. Looking at Markstrom I think he is one of the best indicators of that inward elevation. I can also see hints of it within some of our veteran defensive core. The future is definitely going to be interesting. What are your thoughts on how internal competition has elevated our team. (I could have gone deeper with statistics and focusing on work ethic, but that would have made for a long dry read)
  6. Just finished watching the game. I almost ditched the game, after 2-0 down at the end of the second and short handed. Scanned a bit ahead and was like 2-2, what the heck did I miss. Rolled back and watched the third. So reminded me of the WCE when they actually decided to stop the teasing of the opponent and send them home with a loss. Man I loved listening to those games on the internet. They were never out of any game.
  7. OMG thank you for that. What a great read, you kept the suspense up right until the end. Great job. To bad Louie couldn't keep the suspense up, that ended first game as a Canuck.
  8. There is some serious hilarity in here, which CDC sorely lacks at times. Thanks to the fun posters. The guy get 6 mil and a public figure. Part and parcel to you negative peeps. There is nothing saying I think he's a pathetic hockey player, in my original post. Just what he's doing besides playing hockey for the Canucks. (pathetically of course, needn't be stated )
  9. We aren't playing Louie...because he is currently earning his pilots licence so he can fly the Air Canucks jet.
  10. NOPE. PP was awesome. Gave so many different looks.Edler distributing to the shooters, and taking shots himself. Three shot angles from two guys who can rip it, and one guy who can place it. Then another looks was the down low net side presence Another look was Miller down low screening. The best was moving both Boeser an Petey down the half walls, then posting Miller in the middle of the box. There is not much more you can ask of a PP. The only other look you can get is dropping both guys even closer to the front of the net(Miller and Bo), so Petey and Boeser can rip passes through the box to each other.
  11. After game two this year I was really worried. Game three was awesome. Four a nail biter. This was one of the best games in years. Edler was gold. Boeser sucked though. Three secondary assists in a row. Pathetic and weak. Would have rather seen Louie in the game.......or was louie playing so $*&%*&$^ hard to tell.
  12. So no talk of Kevin being signed anywhere? This league is so weird how players like Iggy and such are just ghosted. Gone are the days where a guy can skate around the rink and say his goodbye's. Well it's pretty rare now.