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  1. [Report] Canucks recall Adam Gaudette

  2. Matt Brassard | D

    He's definitely an important player for Oshawa. He's their clear cut #1 defenseman and often serves as the engine for their offense. Plays nearly all his minutes alongside their top forward units at 5v5 where he initiates and supports their breakout, joins the attack on the rush, or when they get set-up, he often runs their offensive zone system from the point. He also plays on their top PP unit, sometimes staying on ice with both units and playing through the full man advantage (although less so far this year since Oshawa has built a deeper D with more options). And he's always the first Dman hitting the ice when they start 3-on-3 OT. He's just "the guy" on that team. Plays big minutes every night and gets used in all situations, but his value is most evident in how much they depend on him to create offense. Just on shot totals, you can see how important he is to their attack. Brassard's played 3 fewer games than most of his teammates (due to the injury and rehab), yet he leads that entire team in shots on goal, both in raw totals, where he has 5 more SOG than the next Generals player, and per game shot rate, where he has around 2 more SOG per game than anyone else on that team (Brassard is actually 2nd in the entire OHL, and the #1 Dman by the country mile, in SOG/GP). So much of the Oshawa offense, especially when they get set-up in the zone, revolves around working the puck up top and running their plays through Brassard. He doesn't always earn points on their goals (he produces a lot of "3rd assists") but when the Generals are really clicking offensively, Brassard tends to be the Dman you see on the ice when they score, and it's no accident. He's also a strong on-ice presence defensively, physically, and as part of Oshawa's leadership group.
  3. Matt Brassard | D

    Brassard had 1 assist, 6 SOG, and 4 PIM (high sticking double minor), and was even in a 6-5 OT loss. He now has 4 points (2G 2A) in 5 GP. He’s also averaging just over 6 shots on goal per game.
  4. Michael DiPietro | G

    DiPietro named first star tonight as he saves 38/40 to lead Windsor to a 5-2 win over Kingston. He's now 2W-3L in 6 games with a 0.907 Sv% and a 3.02 GAA.
  5. Place the blame where it belongs: Travis Green

    Blame all the Greens. Dallas, Mike, Cee Lo, Seth, Tom, Eva, Brian Austin, Al, Red, Travis, and the Jolly Green Giant. As a protest, I’m refusing to eat my vegetables for a week.
  6. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Florida Panthers | Oct. 13, 2018

    Yeah, that's my feeling as well. We can worry about two points in a few years when those two points are the difference between playoff seeds. Right now, two points are the difference between draft lottery seeding. Right now is the time to be setting the tone for how this team responds when our star players are targeted. Right now is when you build that culture. Right now is when you build a foundation of team toughness. Every guy having his teammate's back. And sending notice to the league that this isn't a team that takes this kind of crap anymore. Not from anybody. And especially when it comes to Pettersson. I can appreciate that we played a good game, stayed focused and disciplined, and came away with a well earned win. And I know that this kind of game helps build the winning culture for a young team. I don't mean to devalue this win in any way. But I just feel like, separate from the W's and L's, we lost something tonight. Something that may come back to haunt us. We had a chance to set the tone. To make it clear to the entire NHL that Pettersson is special. He's in another class. He gets special treatment. He's not to be touched. Not unless you want to get "touched" in return. Hurt Petey and you get hurt. It's a really simple message. And one we failed to send. I'd have much rather seen us sending that message now instead of later (when two points are going to be much more important for this team).
  7. Jett Woo | D

    No, unfortunately Woo won't be AHL eligible next year. CHL players need to be 20 years old (as of December 31st of the year the AHL season starts) or have completed a full 4 years of major junior. The earliest Woo can meet AHL eligibility requirements is the 2020-21 season. He's currently 18 (he turns 19 next summer) playing in his third full season in the WHL.
  8. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Florida Panthers | Oct. 13, 2018

    All the recent discussions comparing Pettersson to Gretzky makes me think about would've happened in the old days if it was Gretz getting body slammed behind the net. I'm not saying that we needed to see a line brawl from the Canucks (although I would've been absolutely fine with one tonight). But when you think back to the old days, there were times when Gretzky just took a clear dive, wasn't even hurt, and it still led to a full tilt line brawl. Sometimes multiple line brawls over the remainder of the game. Because somebody touched Gretz. Or they just appeared to. Didn't matter. This message was sent. This happened in close games between contending teams. Hell, this happened even in the playoffs. And it happened when Gretzky wasn't even the least bit hurt on the play. If Gretzky had gotten body slammed and (possibly) concussed, you can be damn sure his mates wouldn't be thinking just about the 2 points. They wouldn't be simply taking names and numbers for a response three months later. They'd be settling it. Right then and there. And if they couldn't settle it immediately after the play, they'd keep going after the guy all game until he paid the price. Whatever it took. Now I'm not necessarily calling for a return to the old days. And I know the game has changed, and mostly for the better. But it would've been nice to see this team respond with something. Just something. Show us something that's maybe somewhere in the middle between an all out, bench-clearing brawl (which is exactly what would have resulted if it were Gretzky targeted and injured the way Pettersson was), and just doing **** all about it (which is what we saw from our boys tonight). Pettersson is the most exciting and talented young player we've had since Bure. He may eventually prove to be the best player we've ever had. And he just got targeted, run, body slammed, and sent off the ice with an apparent head injury. If there was ever a time for this team to send a message (and not just to Matheson and the friggin Florida Panthers, but to the whole league) it was tonight. The message should have been: hurt Petey and we will hurt you. Instead, it was: hurt Petey and... um... well I guess you can just go ahead and hurt Petey because we won't do anything about it.
  9. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Florida Panthers | Oct. 13, 2018

    So I guess the response is coming in three months? Next game versus Florida is January 13th. Just over 40 games from now. So we wait half a friggin season for payback. If it even happens. The score needed to be settled tonight. Ideally right after the hit. Otherwise, the next shift Matheson played. Really disappointed in this group right now. They should be hardwired to respond when Pettersson gets targeted for a dirty play. There should be absolutely no hesitation. Every man on the ice should have been looking for blood.
  10. Tyler Madden | C

    NU wins 5-0. Madden with 1PP goal, 4 SOG, +2, and 11/22 (unofficial--my count) on faceoffs.
  11. [GDT] Vancouver Canucks @ Florida Panthers | October 13, 2018

    Canucks should've just folded Torts up into his Murphy bed, nailed that sucker shut, and padlocked his office for the rest of the season. Would've saved this team a tonne of grief.
  12. Tyler Madden | C

    Madden can definitely win draws. 2/2 already tonight. And last game he was 14/21. Running at near 70% as a freshman playing 1C.
  13. Adam Gaudette | #88 | C

    From everything I've heard, the Canucks firmly believe Gaudette has top-six ability. However, the way our roster is being constructed, he'll probably play third line. Possibly in a similar way to Kesler back in the day. Slotted into a third line role at 5v5, but still playing top-six overall minutes due to his usage on special teams.
  14. Tyler Madden | C

    Today's game is officially broadcasting through Atlantic Hockey (subscription) again. There is a free stream available, but it's not the kind I can link here. Madden will once again centre the first line.
  15. EP uses what kind of stick?

    I think he's using a Bauer Vapor 1X Lite currently. Looks like it anyway.