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  1. [Rumor] Canucks interested in Tyler Bozak

    If we're looking at ex-Leafs, I'd be much more interested in Leo Komarov over Bozak.
  2. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    After sifting through all those Benning and Linden quotes that came out today, I have to say it's kind of refreshing - for once it seems like everyone, not just the fans but the managers and the insiders, are completely in the dark about how the top ten is going to go down. This really is going to be a fun first round. Some of it is obv how interchangeable that group is, but I think having Montreal and Ottawa in the 3/4 slots are what's mucking things up the most. They've been duelling one another for biggest chit chow franchise all season and they're not gonna let things get dull on draft day. But anyhow my best guess how the Canucks list looks like based off JB's comments about goal scoring and speed (not just skating but general processing/gameplay ability): Zadina (should we be lucky enough he's there!) Hughes Wahlstrom ^just to stress that's not personal preference although I like all three, just my best guess at what they want, with either Dobson or Tkachuck as consolation prizes for whatever reasons, JB doesn't seem to have any interest in Boqvist or Bouchard, which is a shame cause I'm still pretty optimistic for Boq, but on the other hand it'll be a lot less stress over the next cpl years watching him develop -------------------------------------- and my final guess how it actually plays out Buffalo - Dahlin Carolina - Svech Montreal - Kotkaniemi Ottawa - Zadina Arizona - Tkachuck Detroit - Bouchard Vancouver - Hughes Chicago - Wahlstrom NYR - Boqvist Edmonton - Dobson
  3. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    Yeah I was also pretty fascinated to learn about the dyslexia and had some similar thoughts wondering if it translated to 'seeing the game' a unique way. fwiw his coach was asked about it after that came out a week or two back and he said it wasn't an issue from a coaching standpoint, although it did occasionally require creative ways of laying out set plays and systems. YES. And we should know this, we watched Luca Sbisa for, what was it, 3 seasons? He would occasionally get going and jump into the rush and look like the long lost 3rd Sedin. But what happened more often? He would have time and space while the other team made a line change and still manage to get caught flat footed, trip on the puck, do a backflip, get scored on and somehow injure his d-partner in the process. I'm not saying Bouchard is gonna be that level of tire fire because, well, again we all know, Sbisa is a special case, but just ... at 7th, we should be aiming higher. If MTL is really looking to take JK at 3, we are guaranteed to have at least one of Hughes Boqvist Zadina Tkachuck on the board, with Dobson or Wahlstrom as consolation prizes. True Game Breakers.
  4. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    Melnyk will just make whoever they draft in the 6th round legally change their name to Mr. Pink. "...but why can't I be Mr. Purple?" "You're not Mr. Purple, some guy on some other team is Mr. Purple, you're Mr. Pink, got it?"
  5. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    oh hell ya, my ideal scenario since the lottery has been JB making the final decision between Hughes and Boqvist! pretty plz
  6. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    I have a theory that Edmonton is the real reason behind the Hanifin rumours: Carolina was originally expecting to draft, what, 9th or 10th? So they would have been scouting around that level - low top tier / high 2nd tier. The 2nd fell into their lap and they were like, cool we'll take Svech, but they had also honed in on a few guys below and called around to everyone from Detroit down to the Islanders. I think Carolina (whoever's in charge over there, I don't know any more) were the ones leaking rumours to Friedman in order to pressure Chia. Just a couple days later there was also a vague rumour that Detroit was thinking of trading the 6th. They might be pushing hard for Pool Party to join Aho. But from the Oilers perspective it kinda makes sense. Instead of getting someone like Bouchard or Smith, they get a guy much more guaranteed to be NHL calibre, same age as Mcdavid, drafted just four spots below him. here's an Edmonton Sun article from a month ago that goes into a bit of this speculation, but warning annoying auto play video http://edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/edmonton-oilers-trading-their-first-round-pick-quite-possible-this-year
  7. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    Well I'm bored, chairman of the bored, and the combine came and went without JB tipping his hand, so I think I'm gonna go ahead and do my own mock top ten and bow out. Sit and wait for the draft and see how I did. Tbh I've just gotten stuck on a loop through the 5 guys I expect we'll partially choose from (Dobson, Hughes, Boqvist, Tkachuck, Wahlstrom) and it's gotten a little repetitive. Also this is a personal preference style mock, more what I hope will happen vs. what will. 1. Buffalo Sabres - Rasmus Dahlin - reasons. 2. Carolina Hurricanes - Andrei Svechnikov - reasons. 3. New York Islanders - Filip Zadina - sticking with my half-mad/half-heyitkindamakesalottasense trade idea from last week - Isles trade their 11+12 (and probably something else but I'm not a proposals guy so I don't know... Ho Sang maybe?) and get JT a top shelf winger to convince him to stick around. 4. Ottawa Senators - Brady Tkachuck - no 1st rounder next year means they don't have the usual luxury of going strictly bpa, he can step in next year, also conveniently I'd like to see him gone before we pick so I don't have to hear 'shoulda drafted Tkachuck' any more than I already do. 5. Arizona Coyotes - Oliver Wahlstrom - this one just feels right, but they do need to get Keller a big pf partner in crime. 6. Detroit Red Wings - Quinn Hughes - again, just has that feeling of meant to be. 7. Vancouver Canucks - Adam Boqvist - in what turns out to be the most memorable/viral moment of the day, JB recreates the draftfloor Benningface when he sees who he's getting - this time the camera pans back to reveal what he's looking at - it's the Sedins! in sharkskin suits and sunglasses, holding an open glowing suitcase - later, in a state of blackout revelation, John & John recreate the Jack Rabbit Slim's World Famous Twist Contest - the Boqstar has arrived. 8. Chicago Blackhawks - Jesperi Kotkaniemi - who knows, but I still really like Dobson and would prefer he didn't go to a team I dislike where he'll do regular damage to us. 9. New York Rangers - Noah Dobson - sure, why not. 10. Edmonton Oilers - Evan Bouchard - goes on to be a nothing spectacular but solid, purely offensive PP specialist RHD man in Edmonton, which - ahh crap that's exactly what they need. Bonus round - what do the Habs do with the 11th&12th? Veleno, after spending several years in a failed experiment to convert to a winger, tops out as Malhotra style 4th liner faceoff specialist C. Merkley busts, harddddd. Tabernak.
  8. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    That's an interesting one. As much as I would usually handwave away trading down scenarios, Montreal flipping it straight up for NYI's 11&12 kinda makes a lot of sense. Isles get an instant top line winger to convince JT to stay. Habs get their pick of centers, can either double up or go for a C+D combo. Works really well on both sides. Doesn't really affect the Canucks either way, but still, werrrry interesting.
  9. Canuck Young Forwards: Assessing 2017-18

    1 Draft Veleno 2 Sign Stastny 3 Linden comes out of retirement 4 Get some Elias in ya 5 Wrap Nick Dowd in a carpet throw him off a bridge 6 Presidents Trophy
  10. Canuck Young Forwards: Assessing 2017-18

    Boucher's numbers might as well be tossed out the window. Injury replacement in meaningless games at the tail end of a throwaway season. Guaranteed the opposing coaches and D men weren't focusing on him at all - if they did, his production would grind to a halt. No disrespect to him but he's an AHLer through and through. We really should be able to recognize this by now over getting distracted by the newest shiniest possible toy. The LW position is a mess. I really hoped that someone would step up and take it by now, but Baertschi is the best so far and he's a 2/3 tweener. It sucks because the options are to either gift it to Elias or Goldy uncontested or hand out another big UFA contract only to regret it 2/3yrs from now. If only there was a middle option.
  11. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    It was in The Athletic's mock draft at the end of April. It's paywalled but there's an excerpt here https://news.hockeyfeed.com/nhl-news/rumor-red-wings-will-select-one-of-these-three-players-at-the-draft ...Although I'm not sure I completely buy it, and I wonder if it's some GM poker face bluffing going on trying to trade up/down, like JB did with Glass last year. And actually, as someone who's been a little high on Dobson - the more I've dwelled on it the less him & Bouchard feel right. Like, they just don't strike me as Benning first rounder types. I think, given that top 3 is kinda set, and a C is still a bit of a longshot, he's most likely honed in on the separate tier of 4 guys - the two big rugged wingers in Tchuck n Wahlly, and the two crafty speedster D in Hughesy n Boqs. Given the simple math that one of them is guaranteed to be there, I think that's our guy. Except of course if two of them are still around, but them's first world problems.
  12. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    I see the same thing I've seen in past years draft threads - people picking one guy, doubling down and batting away any criticism. There's a lot of good options so just relax and wait for the combine to really settle some dust. So many great prospects. For now I'm setting my tent up in Camp Dobson. The actual draft is far enough away that I can do a tour of the other camps and still wind up back here come draft day, so why not. Dobbie's most common comparisons, at least ceiling-wise, seem to be Suter and Pietrangelo, but if we want a closer to home idea, he looks like Tanev combined with the best attributes of, say, Hutton and Pouliot. Big frame, natural athleticism, booming, accurate shot. So, y'know, if anyone does Canucks fan should know - don't sleep on a Tan Man. Seriously don't sleep on him, his teeth are all f'ed up and he's really stoned.
  13. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    Did this get linked yet? Kuzma interviewing Benning in the lead up to the lottery. http://theprovince.com/sports/hockey/nhl/vancouver-canucks/ben-kuzma-a-bevy-of-blueliners-may-await-canucks-in-nhl-draft-lottery I've been waiting for JB to tip his hand like he's done previous years and I think this is it. There's this quote Followed by profiles of 5 players. They seem to expect that Dahlin, Svech, Zadina, Tkachuk as t4 is set in stone. I think these are the guys they're focused on if we land 6-9 - Bouchard, Boqvist, Dobson, Hughes, Wahlstrom. (not exactly earth shattering news as the rankings have started to solidify, but still a little window into how the suits are coming at it - fwiw I have my money on #2)
  14. Rate The Last Movie You Saw - 2

    The guy who played 'Ray' is an actual career criminal who served time at Rikers Island https://nypost.com/2017/08/19/this-brand-new-movie-star-has-been-in-prison-8-times/ Check out Heaven Knows What - way grittier than Good Time, if you can believe it. Borderline documentary.