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  1. Don't mind the peanut gallery. You can't measure a player simply by their production, but you didn't simply focus on numbers, you included defensive awareness, lineup situations and reasonable expectations. I would agree with almost all of your targets.
  2. I love the optimism, and I actually like the pick myself.. but its still a seventh round pick. I won't be counting on him developing into a great player because so very few players taken in the later rounds become even 'decent' players by NHL standards (100+ career NHL games). I will however pay attention to his development and hope to see positive steps and maybe one day he'll progress into an NHL player. Counting on greatness from any newly drafted player is high hopes.. counting on greatness from a seventh rounder is setting yourself up for disappointment.
  3. I'd say thats about right. To make the playoffs, they'll need solid goaltending, secondary scoring and some good health luck. To fall down to 12th, shaky goaltending and little secondary scoring.
  4. Edit* Fixed that for yah A yeah my bad.. what were we thinking.
  5. Chris Pronger was drafted in 1993.. since then, many, many, many defensemen have been drafted with far superior skills than Tate Olsen and not a single one has turned into the next Pronger. Temper expectations. Especially with a 7th rounder
  6. High and wide I'm ok with some of the time. What I dislike is 'crest-shots'. When a guy wears out a goalie's logo, it shows me he doesn't have the time, space or wherewithal to move the angle and get the shot to a corner. Virtanen appeared to have more cresters this past season and that could be explained by missing a summer of training and losing the repetition. Like you said, its a skill that improves with practice. Jared's shot is just so heavy and his release is so quick. I'm very excited to see how he looks during TC this fall. I have a feeling he'll be turning many heads.
  7. ^^^^ Okay, we are officially best buddies! My responses to those questions are as follows.. 1) I was a big proponent of adding Nylander to the organization. I felt that this team needed an heir apparent to Henrik and he was the closet thing available. I of course thought like others and hoped that one of the top 5 teams went off the board a bit and let Bennett or LD fall to #6, but c'est la vie. I actually had it ranked as First choice: A top 5 faller. Second choice: Nylander. Third choice: Ehlers and fourth choice: Virtanen. A distant last would have been Ritchie. 2) When they drafted Virtanen, I was content. From all reports, it seemed like JB would grab the powerful home-town kid and that made a lot of sense for a lot of reasons. LA had just won its second cup in 3 years with the meat and potatoes style that the Canucks lack(ed). My thoughts were, "He's big, he's crazy fast, he sniped 45 goals in his draft year and hey.. the kid is one of the youngest in the whole draft! I'm okay with that." 3) My all-time favourite is so tough, but I like to ask people that just to get an eye into what they deem to be of the highest quality of player. For me I always loved Mario Lemieux; in my mind he was the most talented player that I ever got to see up close and personal. However, I'm a little young to have witnessed all his greatness so I defer to Burnaby Joe. Sakic's ability to rise to any occasion and his consummate professionalism made him seem almost super-human. His skills, his accolades, his constant abuse of the Canucks and that deadly snap shot were a reminder of how lucky we all were to watch individuals like him, Stevie Y, Forsberg, Jagr and Lemieux... play every night. To me, the 1990's represented a period of greatness for the NHL. Maybe because I was a kid when it all happened, but there just seemed to be so many HOF's and so much excitement. Good times. Oh and Pizza is never the wrong answer. Pizza is my cure-all.
  8. Of course!
  9. Whoa whoa whoa... Before we can be best buds, I have a few questions: 1) Who did you want Vancouver to draft at #6 last year? 2) What was your thought after drafting Virtanen? 3) Who's your favourite all-time NHL player and why? You've already aced the McCann portion of the test.. I look forward to seeing the rest of your thoughts! **Edit** I'll add one more question.... favourite junk food? Very important
  10. I've said that before as well. Obviously he doesn't have the explosive speed and skill of Duchene, but their skating styles are very similar and just the way Jared carries himself on the ice. How awesome would a Matt Duchene-lite be?? Real awesome!
  11. Nope. Just overpaid for a player whose playing-style lends to injury and lessening production. If healthy, he'll put up 40ish points and show up big in the playoffs. Anaheim's internal cap has set them up well with room to make a signing like this, but i'm sure fans and brass alike won't be too happy when Kesler, Perry and Getzlaf are all 35 and making a combined 23+million.
  12. This organization is starting to load on up heavy shots. Virtanen, McCann and Boeser are serious shooters. Id venture to say that McCann has the best overall shot (power+precision). Jake needs to work on the accuracy and Boeser is a year behind in strength and development but man can he rip the biscuit. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best set of prospects the Canucks have ever had.
  13. I'm confused why most people think the Canucks would pay him anything close to 2 million. 1 year 1.1-1.3 million seems awfully fair for a guy who hasn't established a NHL roster spot before.
  14. Shinkaruk is listed as 5'11 and usually around 175-180. Bjorkstrand is listed at 6'0 and 175. Both weighed around 5-10lbs less at the pre-draft combine. Very similar sized forwards.