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  1. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    Hi everyone. It's been a VERY long time since I last posted anything but in light with what is happening with our top prospects as of late (in particular Elias Pettersson), I feel compelled to put my two cents in because we have some serious talent infusion coming sooner than later. As all of you, I have been blown away by what Elias Pettersson is doing in Sweden in the top league there. Needless to say, I am soooooo happy he is ours!! I have been watching the Canucks for 30 odd years now (wow I am getting old!) and the only other player that has passed through this organization that has demonstrated the puck domination and skillset young Elias clearly has Bure. I would even go so far as to say Pettersson has a very Gretzkyesque type style to his game. He kind of looks like him out there sometimes, same type of slight build, same shiftiness Gretzky had to avoid hits, same kind of calm command and control with the puck, same type of vision where he sees the seams and open areas of ice before anyone else does, and his shot is so accurate. I have to say that I am in no way saying Pettersson is Gretzky 2 but I am saying I can see similarities in their style of play. This is a very good thing because he is only 18 and comparisons to Peter Forsberg are already popping up. He could be scary good. I am a little worried about the expectations Vancouver's hockey market will dump on him when he arrives but there is something about how he handles pressure that tells me he'll be just fine. This one is going to be a superstar, I have no doubt. JB definitely drafted the best player in the last draft and might have even nabbed us a generational player from a supposedly weak draft. I think Benning is putting together a fantastic collection of new young talent we should all be very excited about. I hope Aquillini is taking note and signs both Linden and Benning to extensions because the vision is materializing quicker than I expected it to. Things are looking up in Canucks nation, finally !!
  2. Will Virtanen make the Canucks 2015-16?

    It all depends on him and him alone. I'd imagine he'll be pumped for training camp and want to make an impact, what with being a hometown boy and having the chance to show his stuff with the team he grew up cheering for. Quite the motivating factor. Say what you will but he is not exactly a fringe prospect, he is a 6th overall pick. He SHOULD be making a case to play in the bigs now. He certainly has the size to play in the NHL, can hit, can skate like the wind (might be the fastest on the Canucks if he makes it), and has that NHL calibre shot. I thing he'll bring an excitement and hunger we lack currently and hopefully some goals but let him develop like Horvat did. If there's going to be further massive change to the club (and I think there will be judging by JB's boldness of late), the season ticket holders and Canuck fans will want this kid on the roster NOW to show that the team is moving in the right direction and in a way we can all understand. JB and TL, good job to you both! You both have the balls to clean this mess up and chart a new and exciting course for the team even if we have to let the kids play and miss the playoffs!! Thank you for seeing what needs to be done. I'm all for your plan.
  3. Are we in full rebuild. Or just clueless?

    The only thing I can think of is JB is looking toward the 2016 draft and setting the team up to "unintentially" tank this season. He has gone on record as favouring the 2016 draft over the 2015. He has scouted for that draft and knows who he wants but this time, don't be surprised if it's a top 5 pick he's after. He's disguising this as a transition to youth to appease the fanbase here. He's doing EXACTLY what he said he was going to do when he got here. With the cap problems this year, he has the excuse that he couldn't spend to improve drastically. He KNOWS this will be a tough season and a learning season for our youth and it will likely mean a lottery pick in 2016. The thing is here, no one uses the word tank, especially him but that's what it'll be. I think he understands the Sedins are going to be gone soon and we need some young ELITE talent to take over. You can't trade for that or sign thru free agency, you have to earn the pick yourself by doing badly. JB can't say this to the public but the team is not being strengthened to compete this year. One or two years of this will do wonders for a turnaround, not to mention we'll be able to dip meaningfully into free agency next year and the year after with all the short contracts he's handing out. he is smart and I'm sure he has had this plan all along in order to replace the core of the team.
  4. Nikolaj Ehlers

    Hi everyone. I haven't posted on here in quite some time due to CDC "madness" but just had to post here in support of the OP. This Ehlers .. I think he really is something special to be considered when it's our turn to draft at #6. His talent level and speed is off the charts and although I have only watched a few highlight compilations from this past season of his, I have to admit, he looks scary good. On the elite prospects website it says this about him: -Ehlers is an explosive player who can beat even the quickest defensemen wide with his speed. He plays on his off wing and creates chances with sharp cuts to the middle comple- mented by an explosive wrister. He's equally good with the puck and can handle it both at top speed and in traffic. This was a comment made from someone at Hockey News: _An incredibly skilled forward, Ehlers makes plays at high speeds and doesn’t mind going to the tough areas in order to score. Scouts see him as an excellent complementary player and have even hesitantly brought up teammate Jonathan Drouin as a comparable, as lofty as that sounds. While playing for Biel last year, he even got to practise with locked-out NHL stars Tyler Seguin and Patrick Kane. And along with getting the Mooseheads back to the Memorial Cup for a title defense, Ehlers will be counted on at the world juniors next season with Denmark. In the past 12 months or so, he helped the Danes get up to the top bracket at both the under-18s and the world juniors; an obvious point of pride for him." From Ryan Kennedy in a The Hockey News 'NHL prospect hot list' post - March 4th Apparently was the QMJHL's rookie of the year... Here is another opinion from Dobber Prospects: _Imported from Denmark, Ehlers has replaced the scoring void quite nicely after Nathan MacKinnon made the leap to the Colorado Avalanche. Like his predecessor in Halifax, Ehlers is one of the fastest skaters in the draft, blazing past defenders and utilizing his dynamic elusive cuts in and out of traffic to create room. The depth of intelligence Ehlers possesses for the game allows him to adopt both a shooter and playmaker’s mentality. Rising up draft boards quickly. Profile from: Brendan Ross of Dobber Prospects - Feb. 16th ...and last but not least here is what he supposedly is being compared to. I think we should take notice because we need top end skill on this team and not just a big body. We have some of those in our system already. WE NEED TALENT!! : -Markus Naslund (Skill) Pavel Bure (Speed) Peter Forsberg (Seeing the ice) Mix (Nathan MacKinnon/Jonathan Drouin) Patrick Kane (Style of play) Profile from: Curtis Joe - Feb. 11th Draw your own conclusions but this kid just might be what the Canucks need starting a new era and also trying to bring fans back to Rogers arena. When is the last time you could say we had a truly exciting player. Bure ring a bell? This kid's pretty close.
  5. Jordan Schroeder Talk

    Personally, I think Schroeder has a laser of a shot and I'd like to see him use it much more. I am aware he has great hockey sense and vision and creates opportunities for his linemates, but I'd sure like to see him use that shot of his more often. It's a true sniper shot. He'd bag more than a few if he'd use it. Yes, he IS a great setup guy but he's also a great scorer with a wicked shot. USE IT JORDAN!
  6. Jordan Schroeder Talk

    hey, does anyone know what is happening in Manitoba concerning Schroeder? He's been awfully quiet on the stat sheet for some time now. I assume he's in a major slump at the moment. Anyone have current stats on him ?
  7. Jordan Schroeder Talk

    He saying that because for most of his hockey career thus far, he has competed against and played with older players. He's not used to playing with players his own age. He's also played very well against older players. We'll see what happens.
  8. Jordan Schroeder Talk

    Schroeder's gonna be a beauty ! I have said it before and I'll say it again, he is built like Theoren Fleury and I do believe he'll produce like him at the NHL level as well. Low centre of gravity makes it hard to move him off the puck. His legs are like tree trunks. He has great vision, is a great passer and can snipe as well. He has amazing offensive instincts and a hunger to make things happen. I really wouldn't be surprised to see him pushing for the Calder Tophy this coming year. My point prediction is 62. I know it might sound too high but I really think he's ready to compete with men in the NHL and he will turn heads.
  9. Jordan Schroeder Talk

    He is going to be our Theoren Fleury, you'll see...small yes , but DEADLY!