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  1. Actually, I am not astounded in the least that he is putting out those players in the big West. The time for an actual change in the guard is now. The expiry date for a lot of our players has been passed. We simply can't continue 'competing' with a worn out core and doing nothing but patchwork and upkeep every year all just to squeek into the playoffs barely (we know what likely happens from this point). Change is staring at us whether we approve it or not. Out with the old (most of it) and in with the new. There comes a point in a team's evolution where this happens. Detroit's model works to a point of keeping them in the middle of the pack and more than not, making the playoffs, but it doesn't help them win a Cup. There is more of a tendency towards youth in the new NHL and building through the draft. We have one of the best talent evaluators in hockey as our GM. I trust that he knows what he is doing. He is keenly aware of the 2016 Draft and if ever there was a perfect time or window to speed up a 'rebuild', the Canucks will find themselves in that position right now. My gut feeling is he and Trev (and Aquaman), are ok with the team going south in the standings for one or at most two seasons with the idea of acquiring a #1 elite young centre and a young elite stud defenseman. At this stage, I believe it is more pressing to get that #1 young franchise centre to succeed Hank when he moves on, which is very soon most likely. We've seen the succession plan for our goalies unveiled. Now we need the centre position succession plan to be dealt with. Although we have some very good C prospects in the system right now, none of them are what you could call truly "Franchise" material. I am talking about undisputed, elite, high end, blue chip kind of talent. Someone like Henrik Sedin who this player would effectively be replacing. I am hoping Benning is going all in to somehow get Auston Matthews for the Canucks because truly, he is what this organization needs to chart a new direction post Sedin era. He supposedly tried to get Reinhart 2 drafts ago. I think he wants the centre position dealt with in the next draft. The Sedins are not getting any younger and are losing their ability to carry a team like in earlier years. I am not sure how many people realize this, but Matthews is seen as a 'generational' talent much like McDavid and Eichel. On a talent level, he is compared to being just as good as Eichel and had it not been for the fact he was not eligible for this last draft by a mere 2 days (age requirement), he would have been talked about on the same level as both McDavid and Eichel . I don't know about you, but we have a chance here to get him if we play our cards right and the evolutionary timing in the organization could'nt be better for this to actually happen. One year down for 10 to 15 years of gain. It looks like a pretty good trade-off to me.
  2. They will do as badly as we think this year because, unlike last year, we will have less of a veteran presence and more rookies. Rookies will make mistakes while learning. Last year's team was all veteran and that's why we won more.
  3. Put yourself in their shoes. Would you tell the season ticket holders, the fanbase here, and the NHL outright that you're tanking for the top pick in the next draft? First of all, it would be immediately frowned upon by the league (although Buffalo made it look too obvious last year) and here, people wouldn't buy tickets to go to the games. Notice they're not guaranteeing the playoffs, they're only saying they'll try and shoot for the playoffs. Every team says that. We're no different, but the truth is this team is being dismantled not to win now but to win in the future and that entails top 5 lottery picks or if we're really lucky, the 1st overall. Believe me, all of Vancouver would be overjoyed if this scenario happens. They just won't EVER say that is what they 're doing....but that is what they're doing!
  4. I think this is exactly what will, should, and HAS to happen for the Canucks as a hockey club and as a business. Well thought out post! Here's hoping for Chycrun or Matthews although it would probably be better to get that elite #1 centre in Matthews to take over from Henrik on the 1st line. Getting a young elite franchise centre is a priority for this club and nobody will trade them if they have any good sense so we have to draft one. We can draft an elite franchise defenseman the following year. if we do this, we'll have the complete nucleus to build around : a franchise centre, a franchise defenceman, and franchise goalies in Markstrom and Demko.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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 ?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. He is going to be our Theoren Fleury, you'll see...small yes , but DEADLY!