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  1. Here is a little lesson in hockey management... there are no hard "trends" in the NHL. NHL success is dictated by the quality of the players on your team, not by the style they play. Do you honestly think that the NHL has changed so much, inside of a few years, that the narrative that big, hard-working teams can't compete is actually true? Yeah, no... Most second-rate GMs follow what they believe are growing trends and usually end up trying to catch up and just end up looking stupid. Every year, a different "style" of team wins the Cup and everyone thinks that "that's the way the NHL is going". Detroit wins and it's all about "European skill".... Boston and Los Angeles win and suddenly the shift is toward "size and grit". Then Pittsburgh shakes things up and all we here is "speed, speed, speed". One team wins with a Norris and Vezina-winner and suddenly everyone thinks that the key to success is to build from the next out. Then all that turns on it's head, when another team rides two generational talents to back-to-back Cups. Personally, I always got a kick out of the clowns who said that two-way centers like Toews and Bergeron were more valuable than elite skill players like Crosby, Malkin, McDavid and Karlsson, just because their respective teams won the Cup (without factoring in the other 22 players on the team. Now, all of sudden, defense is the only way to win championships. But what does it really takes to win a championship? A damn good team, regardless of the style that team plays. Even though everyone likes to think there's a magic recipe to success, that's simply not true. What do all the recent Cup winners have in common? They're all tremendously well built, with franchise-level talent, a plethora of depth throughout their line-up and tremendous leadership. Whether that skill and depth is tough, skilled or speedy, isn't the reason they won. It was because they were damn good. The Canucks will find success not from following trends but accumulating as much talent and depth as possible, whether they're skilled or gritty, North American or European, big or small. Just focus on building the best team to can.
  2. That's idiotic. Tanev is a first-pairing guy, not a second-pairing guy. There are less than 5-10 players in the NHL that are better pure defenders than Chris Tanev. And, with that said, the Canucks are not trading their 5th pick AND a first-pairing defenseman for a 3rd overall, when the third overall pick is not seen as being all that much more valuable than the 5th pick.
  3. This has to be one of the oddest analyzations of Crosby and Ovechkin that I've ever seen. Crosby is the most well-rounded player in the NHL, maybe of all time, and always looks dangerous. He's constantly battling along the boards, playing great defense, setting up plays and making everyone else around him better. Not to mention, he's great in all areas of the ice and does all of the little things, even when he's not scoring. OV, on the other hand, may look invisible an entire game but score a pair of goals off the powerplay with his deadly shot. Completely backwards.
  4. I'm assuming you haven't been following the recent combine info? Makar has gone through a growth spurt and is pushing 6ft. By the time he's done growing, he'll likely be comparable to the weight and height of Karlsson, Keith, Josi, Letang, etc. What's wrong with that? This isn't 1998, when sloths like Hatcher ruled the roost.
  5. Johansen? Tarasenko? Kuznetsov?
  6. If he didn't like losing to Crosby for the last 10 years, he's not going to be thrilled with spending the next 10 years losing to "the Next Crosby". Poor OV.
  7. When you're an 18 year old ectomorph, weighing in at 150-160lbs, adding another 40 pounds in 2-3 years is going to be almost impossible. Pettersson doesn't look like he will be able to physically withstand the rigours of the NHL, which is why I'd stay away from him. I mean, why take a chance on Pettersson when you can take a shot at Vilardi, Glass or Mittlestadt?
  8. If he didn't want to play for an NHL team, why didn't he just stay with the Canucks?
  9. You're forgetting Kopitar. But that's even more proof that you need franchise level talent to succeed. People keep claiming that Benning is building this team in the mould of Boston circa 2011. But they seem to forget that Boston had a perennial Norris-contender (and winner) in Chara and perennial Vezina candidate and winner in Tim Thomas (along with the absurdly good Patrice Bergeron). You need superstars to win the Cup, even if you don't have Gretzky/Crosby-level generational talents on your team. Not sure we have those guys on the roster yet (although I have high hopes for Boeser and Demko).
  10. People probably won't like this answer but I don't think he currently plays for our team yet. Horvat is an absolute gem, as is Boeser, but the face of your team should be a franchise player. Pittsburgh has Crosby, Edmonton has McDavid, Chicago has Kane, Ottawa has Karlsson, Toronto has Matthews, and so on. As good as Bo is, his development is going to have to reach an unexpected level, to reach the level of "franchise player". Can he be that good? Who knows? But this team needs an elite, superstar level talent to compete with the big boys. We've had Bure, we've had Henrik/Daniel but I think we're still waiting on the next one. Bo can be the heart of this team but I'm not sure if he'll be the engine.
  11. It makes absolutely no sense to send an 18 year old to Europe, where he has to acclimatize himself to a different culture/language/style of hockey, when he can easily develop in the OHL. Auston Matthews is the exception, not the rule. Pretty much every Canadian star in the NHL developed in his own backyard.
  12. The real question, how many people in this thread have actually seen Vilardi or any of his competition play? I love threads like these. People form such cold, hard opinions, based pretty much on the opinions of others.
  13. Huh? No, he didn't.
  14. Stay away from Petterson and target the likes out Vilardi, Middlestat, Glass, etc. if we drop in the draft. He's certainly talented but I'd rather move away from a culture of creampuffs and draft someone who can make an impact in the playoffs. We are shaping up to be the easiest team in the NHL to play against and I'd like to see this draft change that. Praying for Patrick and Gadjovich.
  15. So, when things don't work out for you in life, just play the race card? Sounds right on par with today's society... just blame your circumstances on somebody else. No one is discriminating against Jordan because of the color of his skin. They're discriminating against his play in the defensive zone.