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  1. We should tank. Two years of no playoffs won't hurt us. Tank and draft Hischier. Trade Tanev+ for Duchene. Rebuild complete. Duchene - Horvat - Boeser Baertschi - Hischier - Virtanen Gaunce/Granlund - Sutter - Lockwood Juolevi - Tryamkin Hutton - Gudbranson Brisebois - Stecher
  2. I think Boeser will have to be on a line with at least one speedster. The only way he's on a line with the Sedins should be on the powerplay. I could see next year's lines look something like.. Daniel - Henrik - Hansen Baertschi - Horvat - Eriksson Granlund - Sutter - Boeser
  3. It sounds like that, although Sam Reinhart is a good player and will be a future #1C, the cost of acquiring him is too much if that cost is Juolevi+. Sounds like a hard pass from both teams then?
  4. No. Like Hutton, Reinhart is expansion exempt as he played his first pro season last year (2015.16). He was still playing on his junior team in 2014.15 and thus only has 1 year of experience. So by trading for Reinhart our protected forwards would then be: Daniel, Henrik, Eriksson, Sutter, Horvat, Baertschi, and Hansen. This leaves Gaunce unprotected. The forward group for 2017.18 would look something like: Daniel - Henrik - Hansen Baertschi - Horvat - Reinhart Eriksson - Sutter - Boeser Gaunce - Chaput - Virtanen Dorsett With defense: Edler - Stecher Tryamkin - Tanev Hutton - Gudbranson Pedan, Subban And assuming Sbisa is picked by Vegas for expansion. Trading for Reinhart would vastly improve our forward core, and the upcoming draft could see us add a Mittelstadt or Hischier to it as well.
  5. BUF: Olli Juolevi, Markus Granlund, and CLB 2nd Round Pick VAN: Samson Reinhart Jim Benning gets his man, as a few years ago he was rumoured to have offered the 6th overall pick and Hunter Shinkaruk for the 1st overall pick. Reinhart can step into the lineup immediately to help with a "playoff push" (because they are all about making the playoffs) and play alongside Eriksson and Sutter to make a formidable 2nd line. Reinhart has the potential to be a future right-handed, playmaking #1C and can take over the reigns from Henrik in a year or two. Juolevi is Benning's prized pick from this past draft and has all the tools and toolbox to be a top-pairing defenseman, but with Hutton, Stecher, Tryamkin, Tanev, and Gudbranson looking like they are the Canucks defense core now and in the future, wouldn't it make sense to trade from a position of strength? Buffalo gets their top-pairing defenseman for the next decade to play alongside fellow Finn Rasmus Ristolainen, a current middle-6 forward in Granlund who has the potential to be a serviceable top-6 playmaking winger as well as a 2nd round pick (albeit a low one) for added value. The Canucks can then use this year's 1st round pick to draft an offensive forward and this year's 2nd round pick to draft an offensive defenseman. Future Canucks ______ - Reinhart - Boeser Baertschi - Horvat - Virtanen Gaunce - Sutter - Lockwood/Gaudette Tryamkin - Tanev Hutton - Stecher _____ - Gudbranson Demko Markstrom
  6. If we don't trade Tanev for a forward the likes of Domi or Landeskog or Duchene, wouldn't it be easier to trade them a 2nd Round Pick for "Future Considerations" with that being the reassurance for them to select a forward that Vancouver does not protect? So when all is said and done, Las Vegas selects a forward like Markus Granlund (oh no!) or Anton Rodin or Brendan Gaunce AND has an extra 2nd Round Pick for the draft. This allows us to keep all our defensemen and gives us extra time to trade one of them (like Tanev).
  7. Juolevi and Tryamkin future 1st pairing anyone? With Hutton and Gudbranson on the future 2nd pair and maybe Brisebois and Stecher on the future 3rd pair. Solid future defense core if they pan out to their potential. Well, I mean like Hutton and Gudbranson are basically #4 defensemen already, and Stecher plays top-4 minutes but needs to show this level of consistency on a larger sample size. But ya, good job Benning lol!
  8. OOOooooOoOoooooo I like, I like! I wouldn't give up our 1st this year though. If anything, I would much more readily give up Horvat and Tanev or Horvat and Hutton and a pick (not 2017 1st Round). I would go as far as Horvat, Tanev, and a 2017 2nd round pick for MacKinnon. Reason being is that, even though this is a "weak" draft, I'm really high on Nico Hischier. He's from the same Halifax Mooseheads program and is scoring very very well on a much much weaker Moosehead team (when comparing to MacKinnon's Moosehead team that also had Drouin as his teammate). If we can trade for MacKinnon and still finish in the bottom-5 to draft Hischier we'll have a very good team built from the net out with puck movers on defense and strength down the middle. Virtanen - MacKinnon - Boeser Baertschi - Hischier - Gaudette Juolevi - Gudbranson Hutton - Stecher Demko Markstrom
  9. I like the Virtanen pick, but something in my gut tells me that if we drafted Ehlers instead Benning would have drafted Tkachuk to get that physicality. Imagine our top line... Tkachuk, Horvat, and Ehlers with Boeser and Baertschi on the second line...

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    2. Hairy Kneel

      Hairy Kneel

      Ehlers has cooled off the past 9-10 games it was reported somewhere..I think JV hit a speedbump somehow but I think he can catch up to Ehlers especially in the playoffs where physicality and speed are important.

      Passing up a top 6 big forwardc like Tkachuk was a huge mistake and I think were going to have to wait at least 4 years for Julevi to push for a spot.

    3. luckylager


      It might look more promising right now, but I can't say how I feel about the picks yet. Joulovi looks like he'll be the real deal though.

    4. Quantum


      The other thing is that VIrtanen is 20. He's got a lot more hockey to play before he can even be put in the "bust" category. A year or two in Utica isn't the worst thing. Remember, it took Bertuzzi (the player Virtanen gets compared to often) until he was 25 to find his NHL footing. Patience will be key with Virtanen. Just because Ehlers and Nylander are producing now doesn't mean Virtanen won't be producing later. Personally, I'd rather have Virtanen, Horvat, Boeser, Juolevi, and the rest producing all together in two seasons rather than have one player sort of producing now on a teaming that's meandering around.


      Also, it could be worse -- we could've selected Michael Dal Colle instead of Virtanen had Virtanen been plucked by the Islanders with the pick before. (Though, I doubt that, I suspect had Virtanen gone #5 that the Canucks would've likely selected one of Ehlers or Nylander over Dal Colle).

  10. I don't think our vets have enough gas in the tank to last a full season under Torts, nevermind playoffs. Columbus have young legs and a lot of their guys are mobile skaters.
  11. "Continued treatment and rehabilitation have not improved his condition and... surgery offers the best long-term outcome." That suggests that he's been playing with an injured wrist for at least a few weeks for them to have a look at it and how it will function/perform in game. I wonder if the Martin fight had anything to do with it, or if he had his wrist injury even before then. Best of luck to Gudbranson!
  12. Value-wise not enough for just Edler? What if, instead of taking on Fleury or adding a 1st Round draft pick to their side and considering the drop in stock for Pouliot the trade is modified to... PIT: Edler VAN: Maatta and Sprong
  13. *Dealing at the trade deadline if we're out of a playoff spot and Benning decides to go into sell mode... EDITED PROPOSAL: ORIGINAL PROPOSAL
  14. You keep Gudbranson, expose Sbisa, and trade Las Vegas a pick for "future considerations" and they take someone like Rodin or Biega. Considering our annual need for defensemen, I really think the Canucks should consider doing that. Barring any other trades, we'll have a top pairing of Edler and Tanev, a second pair of Hutton and Gudbranson, and a bottom pair of Sbisa and Stecher. Pedan and Subban can be the seventh and eighth defensemen, and have Juolevi be a wild card where he can stay in London for his final year if he isn't quite ready for the NHL. EDIT: Forgot about Tryamkin! Edler - Tanev Hutton - Gudbranson Sbisa - Stecher Tryamkin - Subban
  15. No worries! I'm really interested in how Tolvanen will do at this year's WJC. Finland had a good team last year with Laine, Puljujarvi, Aho as well as Rantanen and Kapanen up front I think. This year a lot of them have graduated into the pro leagues and I'm not sure how they'll do. Hopefully Juolevi will be a calming presence and move the puck effectively up ice. And we'll see if Juolevi and Tolvanen will connect lots on the powerplay to utilize Tolvanen's shot.