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  1. Victoria Royals Thread

    Yeah sorry, in my head 2013 draft = this year, 2014 draft = next year.
  2. Victoria Royals Thread

    Yep... They got worked for most of the first two periods, but took over near the end of the 2nd. As was the case on this past Sunday afternoon, they run into problems when they try too much individual stuff. Guys take it upon themselves to try and stickhandle through the entire team end to end, don't make efficient passes, and get frustrated. Things turned around when they started moving a bit better and distributing the puck. The two guys I've been most impressed with are Gogolev, Magee, and Hicketts. Gogolev has soem nasty mitts and brings a playmaking element they don't really have in the top 6. Magee could be the captain this year, seems to be an energizer for offense. Hicketts is incredibly smooth and efficient in the way he operates; I can't believe he's only 16. If he could grow a few inches and start pushing 6 feet, he could be a first rounder next year. Attendance is pretty low though right now compared to where they were last year. I'm hoping that as they get on a roll, people will start rolling in.
  3. Frank Corrado Talk

    Which late rounders are exciting from 2008? What counts as a late rounder? 2008: Froshaug doesn't appear to be coming this way anytime soon. Rai is an unknown. Morgan Clark was released. 2009: Connauton (is 3rd late?) shows promise to be an offensive contributor, Peter Andersson plays that quiet, solid 2-way Swedish game teams covet, Joe Cannata is a solid NCAA goaltender, and Steven Anthony just won a Memorial Cup and signed a contract.
  4. Anton Rödin | RW/LW

  5. Attn: Invalid Sources

    Just to put the final nail in the coffin, Bob McKenzie is calling out NHLSourcesSay on twitter as not being credible.
  6. Adam Polasek Talk

    He currently plays for the PEI Rocket. I suppose that is the root of the issue.
  7. Alex Friesen Talk

    It would be quite an accomplishment. Like it or not (I do not), the WJCs tend to select based on pedigree and often draft position. It would be against the odds for a 6th round pick to make it, but not impossible. Jamie Benn made it as a 5th round pick, Della Rovere as a 7th. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it would be a tad out of the ordinary. That said, I agree with what you're saying and would love to see him there.
  8. Jordan Schroeder Talk

    Posted on: Thursday, October 28th, 2010 By A.J. Atchue Like many young first-round draft picks before him, highly-touted Vancouver Canucks prospect Jordan Schroeder arrived for his first NHL training camp as a pro this fall with the eyes of fans and media trained squarely on him. But after the forward turned in an admittedly less than stellar performance in a September prospects tournament and was ultimately assigned to the AHL's Manitoba Moose later that month, and after new Moose coach Claude Noel candidly described Schroeder's play as "average" -- a comment which then made the rounds in both Vancouver and Winnipeg -- you could be forgiven for thinking that as far as everyone's first impressions were concerned, it wasn't ideal. The 20-year-old Schroeder, though, tried to take it all in stride. "It's disappointing, but it's disappointing for anyone," he said of being sent to Manitoba. "This is my first year of pro hockey and it's going to take time. I definitely learned a lot of things going into camp, and I'm going to learn a lot of things (in the AHL) too. Just like many great players who have gone on to be stars in the NHL, you have to prove yourself here first. "And with the media, they're going to blow some things out of proportion and say some things that maybe aren't quite true. You just have to let it blow over your shoulder, go out there and play good hockey." Playing good hockey is naturally what attracted Schroeder to the Canucks in the first place, and he's done plenty of that already. A native of Prior Lake, Minn., Schroeder grew up in the hockey-mad Gopher State but was the first in his family to play the sport. In 2008, he suited up for his home-state University of Minnesota and promptly put together a 13-goal, 45-point season en route to winning WCHA rookie of the year honors. In June 2009, Vancouver scooped him up with the 22nd selection in the NHL Entry Draft. Then, following his sophomore year at Minnesota in 2009-10, Schroeder joined the Moose late in the season and celebrated the occasion by scoring a goal on his very first professional shift, part of a 4-0 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on March 21, 2010. He wound up with 7 goals and 15 points in 17 regular-season and playoff games for Manitoba to close the campaign. In Schroeder's mind, the time had come to leave college and turn pro full-time. "No doubt, it was time for me," he said. "I needed to step my game up at the next level and prove that I can play here. The AHL is a great league, I've been shown that here in the first few games, and I just have to keep plugging away." Playing primarily with some combination of veteran Marco Rosa and fellow rookies Aaron Volpatti and Cody Hodgson -- the latter of whom was drafted No. 10 by Vancouver in 2008 -- Schroeder has recorded 4 assists and a pair of shootout goals through six games for Manitoba on the young 2010-11 season. At just 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, Schroeder is never going to be one of the bigger bodies out on the ice, so he has to compensate for his lack of size in other areas. "I think my main thing is to be a playmaker, create scoring opportunities," he said, "but I'm not going to be able to do that if I'm not moving my feet or always pressuring the puck, constantly working hard. I've got to use my speed and skill." Noel agrees wholeheartedly with that assessment. "He's really clever, very creative and looks like he's going to be a really good player for us in a lot of ways," said Noel, who has primarily been using Schroeder, a natural center, on the right wing in an effort to boost his play along the walls as well as his versatility for an NHL career. "He has to use his speed and use it effectively. He can't get tied around the boards too much because he'll get locked down, so he has to be evasive, but he can still dig and get at loose pucks." Noel likens Schroeder to a Patrick Kane-type player – not necessarily big and strong, but someone who can lose a one-on-one battle but still outsmart the other player and use his cleverness to make an effective offensive play with the puck. "Jordan has the tools and the attributes to put it all together," Noel said, "but there's a process for that because at this level and the next level, he can get shut down pretty quickly unless he's smart and finds ways to be effective. But he's going to be a smart offensive player." Aside from continuing to harness his offensive talents and translating them to a pro game which features a big uptick in talent from college, Noel and Schroeder both agree that the rookie needs to build up his strength and consistently put himself in position to win battles in the dirty areas of the ice. In turn, that will lead to him having control of the puck more often in situations where he can use his speed and playmaking ability to create offensive opportunities. "I just have to be constantly moving my feet and then coming in on the backcheck, stealing pucks, and going back down offensively to become a threat," Schroeder said. "(The coaches) sit you down and let you know things you need to work on, and I take it as a learning tool. You can't take it as negative feedback. You have to work on those areas." For his part, Noel is quick to put that "average" comment from training camp in the proper context as it applies to Schroeder's game and those like him. "I didn't mean it in a disrespectful way. What I meant is that essentially, all players have to try to have some form of impact on the game," Noel said. "If Jordan's going to have an impact on a game, it'll because he has the speed, smarts, he creates, and he makes things happen. If those things aren't happening, then it's an average game." "He has to figure out, like a lot of young players, how he's going to use his strengths that he has and turn them into an NHL career," the coach continued, "because a lot of players have skill and speed. Once he starts being effective at this level, he'll find that he'll be able to play (in the NHL). I like him a lot." http://www.moosehock...senews/407/1961 All seems like good things, hopefully he can continue to develop his ability to separate himself from defenders with speed and skills, then make those slick passes that he's capable of with a little bit of time.
  9. We are very excited to add PK to our lineup. We look forward to him developing into an elite offensive force from the blue line.
  10. Kevin Bieksa you are really...

    1. Nice. 2. Two words. On topic - Bieksa has not been the root of the Canucks problems right now, so he should not be taking the blame. I'm actually pretty impressed with the way things have gone thus far regarding Bieksa. This seems to be a combination of the permanent whipping boy facing the brunt of a mass panic-button attack.
  11. Loui Eriksson (4,266,667 NTC) [uFA 2016] - Travis Zajac (3,887,500) [uFA 2013] - Bobby Ryan (5,100,000) [uFA 2015] Taylor Hall (3,750,000 EL SR) [RFA 2013] - Jeff Carter (5,000,000) [RFA 2011] - Tyler Seguin (3,550,000 EL SR) [RFA 2013] Dustin Penner (4,250,000) [uFA 2013] - Rich Peverley (1,325,000) [uFA 2012] - Andrew Brunette (2,333,333) [uFA 2011] Magnus Paajarvi (1,525,000 EL) [RFA 2013] - Saku Koivu (2,500,000 35+ NMC) [uFA 2012] - Derek Stepan (820,333 EL) [RFA 2013] Marcus Johansson (1,250,000 EL) [RFA 2013] Stephane Robidas (3,300,000 NTC) [uFA 2014] - P.K. Subban (3,500,000 EL) [RFA 2013] Zach Bogosian (3,375,000 EL) [RFA 2011] - James Wisniewski (3,250,000) [uFA 2011] Anton Babchuk (1,400,000) [uFA 2011] - Andrej Meszaros (4,000,000) [uFA 2014] Jack Hillen (525,000) [RFA 2011] Ryan Wilson (551,666 EL) [RFA 2011] Cam Ward (6,300,000 NTC) [uFA 2016] Jonathan Bernier (843,333 EL) [RFA 2011] Thomas Hickey (1,316,667 EL) [RFA 2012] Kyle Beach (1,170,833 EL) [RFA 2013] Colby Cohen (800,000 EL) [RFA 2013] Nazem Kadri (1,720,000 EL) [RFA 2013] Luke Adam (750,000 EL) [RFA 2013] Travis Hamonic (875,000) [RFA 2013] OTHER: Tyson Barrie ( unsigned ) (KELOWNA - WHL) Scott Glennie (900,000 EL SR) [RFA 2013] (BRANDON - WHL) Calvin de Haan (1,500,000 EL SR) [RFA 2013] (OSHAWA - OHL) Total Cap: 66,477,832 / 71,400,000 Cap Space: 4,922,168
  12. Anton Rödin | RW/LW

    Tough 3rd, but nice that Rodin got a point.
  13. Anton Rödin | RW/LW

    Where can one do this? Thanks
  14. Burrows? Do We Really Need Him?