CaptainCanuck

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  1. Artyom Manukyan | RW

    Thanks for posting this. Maybe it’s just an optical allusion but he actually doesn’t look that undersized in the video.
  2. Olli Juolevi | D

    It seems like there are a lot of differences in opinion on Juolevi. You either love him or think he's a bust. So here's a question: Given what we know now would you still pick him at #5?
  3. Olli Juolevi | D

    I certainly haven't given up hope for OJ yet. I haven't had a chance to watch him much, but from what I've seen he's looked solid. Not special or spectacular in any way, but solid. If he can turn into a 2nd pairing d-man I'll be ok with the pick. The Canucks have plenty of forward prospects and definitely need help on defense. That being said, to all those defending OJ saying he'll be better than Tkachuk, sorry, I'm not buying it. Anyone who can come into the NHL at 18 and do what he did is a pretty special. Looks like he could be on his way to a 20 goal season this year and he just turned 20. Don't like Tkachuk? Fine. Keller and Sergechev are looking stellar this year too. The draft is a crapshoot. I don't blame Benning for the pick. He clearly saw something in OJ that he liked and I'm fine with him going off the board a bit if he feels like it's the right call. But if you can honestly say right now that if given the chance to go back to that draft you would take OJ again, I'm sorry, give your head a shake. There were clearly better options available. Benning obviously can't come out and say it but I'm sure even he wouldn't make that pick again. It's ok to admit the Canucks made a mistake guys. It doesn't make you any less of a fan.
  4. Olli Juolevi | D

    Unfortunately I'm unable to watch the game (at work) so I can't comment on how he's playing this game. I thought he looked alright in their first game though. I'm hoping he shows us something in this tournament and starts proving the doubters wrong, but when it comes to Juolevi I'm tempering my expectations. I've accepted the fact that Juolevi is never going to be a star defenseman, or the guy to quarterback our power play. I'm just hoping he can turn into a top-4 dman for us. It's still early but it's safe to say there were better players available with that pick. I don't blame Benning for that. The draft is a crap shoot and you can't hit a home run every year. The Canucks clearly wanted a defenseman (even though I'm a strong proponent of always picking the BPA which was clearly Tkachuk) and the consensus was that Juolevi was the best dman in the draft. Plus, Benning went off the board a bit with Pettersson and look how that's turned out. You just never know. Why don't we all just temper out expectations when it comes to Juolevi and just hope he continues to improve and develops into a regular NHLer?
  5. Brock Boeser | #6 | RW

    Brock Boeser named rookie of the month for November. https://www.nhl.com/news/brock-boeser-of-vancouver-canucks-named-rookie-of-the-month/c-293556494
  6. Too Early to call Kassian a dissapointment?

    For me the Kassian for Hodgson trade will always go down as a horrible trade for the Canucks, even if Kassian somehow becomes a good player. The Canucks made this deal when they were taking a run at the Stanley Cup. They were leading the league in points had a serious chance of going all the way again? So what do they do? They traded one of their most consistent forwards that season for an unknown commodity. A guy who was, at the time, playing in the AHL. How does that help the Canucks' cause? It doesn't. Not one bit. It was a boneheaded move. I don't care if Hodgson wanted out. Gillis should have A) gotten someone back for him who could have an immediate impact, or B ) waited until the offseason to pull the trigger on a deal like this. Even if Hodgson was asking for a trade I'm sure he could have been talked into staying for the rest of the year, especially since the Canucks were a top contender. Anyways, to answer the original question: no, it's not too early to call Kassian a disappointment. I think by this time we were all hoping he'd at least a legit 2nd/3rd line winger. Is he a total bust yet? No, there's still time for him to break out. But like I said above, even if he does that doesn't make this a good trade.