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  1. There is going to be a gigantic hole at centre when the Sedins' retire so I don't see us being a solid contender before 2020/21. Another issue is that we have a host of smallish players up front (175-185 lbs)....including Jake Virtanen. JV is weighing in at 195 lbs now so don't expect him to hit like a freight train like he did when he played at 225 lbs. The exception is Bo Horvat. In this years draft, we need a skilled centre with size and skill plus some defensemen with size. I don't expect the Canucks to jump up in the standings for at least 2 more seasons which gives us a shot at winning the lottery for the #1 overall pick.....hopefully we can get an impact player like a Matthews or McD or even a #1 defenseman. Luck is going to play a huge part in the Canucks fortunes.
  2. They could also do away with the lottery and award the 15th team the 1st pick, 14th team the 2nd pick etc,,,,that way there is no incentive to tank, instead you want to play hard in every game and finish as high as possible.
  3. This sucks getting bumped back to 5 but we should still get a good player. Question: does the order from the draft lottery carry over to the later rounds or was the draft lottery only to determine the order for the 1st round? In other words, do the Canuck's have the 2nd overall pick in the other rounds or do they have the 5th?
  4. If Nolan Patrick drops to Vancouver, you grab him. I will be ecstatic if the Canucks maintain their position at two in the draft lottery and select Nolan Patrick or Hischier (leaning slightly to him as my favorite). This will be only the 2nd time that Vancouver has chosen 2nd in the draft (the other time being Henrik Sedin at 2)....we have never had a 1st overall pick....ouch. The good news, we could win the lottery this year and get that 1st overall pick. Another huge plus of staying in the top 2 is that in the other draft rounds, Las Vegas picks at 3.....so only the teams picking 1 or 2 are unaffected by the Las Vegas pick in those rounds. I am super excited about this draft....especially after getting bumped down last year....hoping the hockey balls are rolling in our favor this year.
  5. With all the young players coming on board, I don't think the record is as important as having a coach who can take the young team to the next level. There is no way that this team is going to contend for 2 or 3 years (at best) and all of those new high end draft picks are going to need a patient coach/teacher. The Canucks have already said that they are not wanting to part with the youth and are taking the rebuild model as a way to become a contender again versus past models which drafted players and then traded hem for stop gap players who could barely get them into the playoffs. I believe that Benning/Linden have chosen the correct but painful approach. Hopefully, we will get to watch some high end draft picks develop and don a Canuck jersey for a long time .....and of course, get another shot at Game 7 for the SC.
  6. I voted for Travis Green because he is a great teacher for the young team...as was Willie Desjardins. I think it would be great if Travis Green moved to head coach for the Canucks and Willie Desjardins took over the head coaching duties in Utica. The Canucks are still 2 to 3 years away from becoming a solid contender....maybe even longer. This is a really young team and as much as the young guys have impressed, they still have a lot to learn plus they have to develop team chemistry and an identity. With a new coach coming in, everyone will be learning a new system and you can be sure that there will be a revolving door for call ups. At least with Green, a lot of the players know what is coming.
  7. I guess there had to be a scapegoat. Changing coaches is only going to make a huge difference after the rebuild is complete....which will take another 2-3 years (if we get lucky). WD did a great job helping the young guys develop.....maybe the best scenario is for Travis Green and Willie to switch places....Willie to Utica and Green to the Canucks.
  8. Well done boys. We have the 2nd overall pick for the first time since the year that we drafted Henrik! I am looking forward to this years draft.....hopefully the Draft Lottery works in our favor this year. We could even move up to #1.....
  9. The PP is too predictable. Pass it around and around and then get it to Stetcher or whomever else is on the point and let them be the shooter. There has to be shots coming from everywhere to keep the opposition guessing.
  10. He is doing what he has been told to do....play the young guys. We have seen what Megna can do...now let's see what Chaput can do with increased minutes on the top line. Notice that Megna is now on the 4th line.
  11. Yes that was pretty uncool.....not warranted. I have been on the 'keep WD bandwagon' at least until his contract is up but this was a no class move by him. He basically said that if Tryamkin had showed up and played that way against Boston, Vancouver would have won the game. There was a lot more wrong with the game against Boston...WD can't justify pinning the loss on one guy.
  12. If you are going to trade Virtanen (and I am not in favor of doing that) at least do it when his value is higher....right now he wouldn't get you much.
  13. True but there is one guarantee....you will never have a chance at a McDavid or a Crosby unless you are in position to win the lottery.
  14. Exactly, Burrows gave his heart to Vancouver. It is offensive to have a post titled ' Burrows, do we need him'.
  15. No one in Vancouver will ever forget Burrows ( not even the guy who posted a thread 'Burrows, do we even need him' ). Thank you Alex , for wearing the jersey with pride and your commitment to the community. Hopefully, you will be back in Vancouver in some capacity when you retire. There is always a home for you to return to.