Smashian Kassian

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  1. Olli Juolevi | D

    Bouchard's been mentioned a PP QB. His stats would back that up. Dobson and Bouchard aren't Erik Gudbranson offensively, they are both quite good. Juolevi's strength is more being a PMD than an all-around matchup type guy. With his passing & puck skills he should project to be part of the top powerplay. At this point we need BPA in all positions. Boqvist is harder to get a read on but hes very intriguing. If he's the real deal and can play the full 200 ft well enough to be a dynamic top pair D then, by all means, he would be wonderful. But if Bouchard or Dobson project better as top pair guys I don't think you can pass that up. Someone's gotta play defense on this team and there's not alot coming.
  2. Olli Juolevi | D

    But can they defend as well as Dobson & Bouchard? Do they translate as top pair guys in the NHL? (In all aspects not just skating and offensive skills) I think people may be sleeping on Bouchard's offense. Pretty impressive numbers and he has good offensive tools/IQ.
  3. Olli Juolevi | D

    Do Boqvist and Hughes really have more NHL potential than guys like Dobson or Bouchard?? A good #2-3 RH D to compliment Juolevi in the future would be ideal. As for Olli; I'm very curious as to whether Juolevi will join Utica or not. A significant role at the WHC would be a great opportunity, but the flip side is may get a better read on where he is at if he ends up here.
  4. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    Anyone have an idea of the comparison between Kotkanemi & Lundestrom? Haven't done alot of digging on them yet but from what I've heard they seem like similar guys with offensive skill & mature 200 ft games.
  5. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    I'm going into the draft lottery basically expecting the worst, so I'm doing a bit of research here of guys potentially available at 9. I wonder/wouldn't be surprised if Joel Farabee is a guy some teams could have a bit higher than where he's currently being ranked. (12-15 range). He's smart, talented, fast & a captain. Pretty good upside there.
  6. I'd be on board with it as long as we don't give up too much. I like the Eriksson idea, though I wonder if Jersey would give him another season to return to form vs making a soft deal to get rid of him. Because we had 2 star goalies & chose to trade him??
  7. [Retirement] The Sedins to retire at the end of the season

    I was lucky to be at the game on Thursday. Its something I will never forget. The crowd cheering everytime they jumped the boards, many Hall of fame chants. Danny's 2 goals and the place erupting after the OT winner. Even in their final games these guys show up and perform for us like they always have. So many memories. As a fan I haven't seen a Canucks team without the Twins, it will be something different next year. You can't replace their leadership I think this team is really going to miss them next year. I know I'm going to miss them. Thanks for the memories Sedins!
  8. It would take a 1st just to take on Seabrook nevermind throwing Tanev in. Even then I don't know, unless its a good pick. Seabrook's 32 with 6 more years at 6.875, that contract's a big anchor.
  9. [PGT] Vegas Golden Knights vs. Vancouver Canucks

    Gotta love Goldobin's confidence. He looked great tonight as the game went along, like an NHL player who can create offense. Not just a callup - borderline NHLer with obvious skill.
  10. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    Well. Jake had his mistakes but was a beast tonight. When he's on he can do so many things, he's been playing better to end the season. Overall he hasn't had great consistency this year, but he has really shown that he can play in this league and be a great player at times. He's shown more consistency towards the end of the season here. He should be a 2nd/3rd line player coming in next season and hopefully he can take the next step with consistency and produce/play like it.
  11. 2018-2019 Potential Line-up (with what we have)

    Lots of question marks in that lineup. Juolevi as a top 4 D, the whole middle 6. I think they will look to bring in atleast 1 forward in free agency, hopefully we don't end up with another Eriksson but there will be some good UFA's available. I think they are going to need to move a defenseman.
  12. [Retirement] The Sedins to retire at the end of the season

    I'll never forget their peak years, they were absolutely dominant, arguably top 5 players in the league for a few years. Can't imagine what it was like to be an Oilers fan those years when the Sedins just absolutely torched them every game.
  13. [Retirement] The Sedins to retire at the end of the season

    I was lucky to get tickets just minutes after the announcement, at regular price too. I'm stunned & bummed they are done, but super excited for Thursday.
  14. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    So what draft position are we looking at now? 7-9 range? Starting to look like we may be in line to grab whichever one of Dobson/Boqvist/Bouchard is available.
  15. [PGT] Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Vancouver Canucks

    Not concerned about the draft lottery. The odds difference is fairly minimal, anything could happen no matter where we finish, even if we finish bottom 3 we would likely get the shaft again. Would rather see young players do well and pick up some confidence going into next year. Worst case we will have a top 10 pick & there will likely be a good defenseman available.