Mathew Barzal

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  1. I just realized. Are we going to waste another year of Horvat's prime, and then saddle him with two plugs for wingers again when normalcy returns? God I hope Hoglander or Podkolzin blow us away. 

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    2. Phil_314


      We still have Pearson for this season, and he's a good winger for defensive/ two-way support.  If Podkolzin comes in and proves he's ready we'd probably have a well-rounded top-6 (skilled two-way top line, heavier second line).  I also wouldn't view the 2nd line wingers as precariously, since I think if anything they need to figure out who plays bottom pair D, and if Holtby's still good.  The wingers will be fine (MacEwen can fit in a pinch, Hawryluk's probably got the speed to match, and even Motte could have upside).

    3. -AJ-


      Pearson isn't incredible, but he's a capable second line guy. Virtanen could get there, but he's admittedly a stretch right now. Hopefully he takes another step.


      I expect Eriksson to be relegated to the bottom six or extra forward positions.

    4. J-23



  2. At the level of bewilderment/shock where you can't help but just maniacally laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation. I hope this is some Aquilini money management bull$&!# because I don't want to accept that Benning &^@#ed us. 

    1. Dazzle


      People are so ridiculously impatient and shortsighted. There are three things affecting this team now.


      1) Flat Salary Cap

      2) Expansion Draft

      3) Offer sheets


      Benning is ensuring his team is protected from all three factors. This is why Benning was insistent on short term.

    2. Brad Marchand

      Brad Marchand

      I've been strangely indifferent to everything that's happened. Not that I'm happy with how it's played out, but I can't find the energy to be angry or even annoyed.

    3. Zhukini


      4) Money tied up in players who shouldn’t be playing 

  3. Pack er up people, see you all come draft time. 

  4. Miller - Pettersson - Boeser
    Toffoli - Bo - Pearson
    Leivo - Gaudette - Virtanen
    Sutter - Beagle - Motte

    That's some forward depth, hope our defense can keep up lol ...

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    2. NewbieCanuckFan


      It's not a question on whether our D can keep's whether they can stay healthy.


      We have depth on the bottom end of the lineup (defensively) but it's razor thin up front (top four).

    3. Mathew Barzal

      Mathew Barzal

      Edler and Tanev are the defenseman I trust in our own zone currently. Even if healthy I question our ability to handle forwards with the size+speed combo come playoff time.

    4. NewbieCanuckFan


      Myers has been fairly reliable in his own end so far for us...I am worried when Tanev or Edler get their usual injuries (we’ve been lucky so far....knock on wood).  As that means Myers will be facing not just more minutes but tougher ones as well.  He can’t do it alone and we have little depth on the blueline to handle even if one of those two are out.  

  5. Feel like Green has no concept of how to coach the top six. Every single line plays a hard nosed bottom six style of hockey. When I watch Horvat he's playing like he's still with Dorsett and Kassian.

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    2. smithers joe

      smithers joe

      i agree with those 4 top six players. green’s job is to find the players to go with them. i think of the bottom six players, pearson has shown to be the best fit with bo so far. green has tried several line mates with bo. i don’t know what kind of line mates would work the best  with bo. maybe we don’t have them yet. i admit louie is miscast but until they find the right winger for him, louie’s defense allows the other two, to press harder in the O zone. 

      imo, if people assigned ever forward to the line they should be on, there would only be 4 top six players. how is that green’s fault? 

      jake has really improved but still might be a 3rd liner.  leivo had some success there but really is a 3rd liner. 

      benning was hoping that ferland would be a top six winger. that hasn’t worked out yet. 

      in bending’s favour he may have drafted the other 2 top six wingers. 

      don’t think anyone on the farm is ready yet, i could be wrong. 

      i’m not saying that a new view of a coach couldn’t improve their out put but pardon the expression, you can't make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. 

      green should be allowed 6 top players and then if they can’t take this team to the next level, then fire green and benning.


    3. Ghostsof1915


      Kole Lind has 39 points in 49 games. He's just learning to be defensively responsible too. 

      I'm kinda disappointed Gads has only 14 points in 32 games. However 10 of those points are goals. 

      It just kind of sucks we have a lot of players who aren't pulling their weight (err salary?). 


    4. CanuckleHorse


      Coaches are supposed to bring out the best in their players and give them structure that will help them become the best they can be. They also need to have a system in place that gives their top players a chance to shine. They need to motivate and manage these players correctly and help them to recognize their fullest potential.

  6. The Tyler Myers hype train didn't last very long. That contract though, woof. 

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    2. Phil_314


      @Tystick my thoughts exactly, if he watched Tanev and would make the simple play and contain things he would probably be less error-prone.  Awful seeing him whiff on pucks and get beat when he could've simply made the simple calm maneuvers.  Maybe it's just not his kind of play though.

    3. Tystick



      I think he will find his style. IMO, he's fully capable, just makes too many aggressive plays.

      Seems like he wants to do it all, but sometimes less is more.

    4. SabreFan1


      He's been this way since his 2nd year with the Sabres.  Sometimes he's good, other times you want to facepalm while watching him.


      I still have hope Edler and the coaches will help make him more consistent.

  7. If we can get a #1 RHD at a similar age I think we should do it too.
  8. Zegras should have been a Canuck, what a farce. Hope Benning genuinely exhausted his options to move up. 

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    2. vinny_in_vancouver


      I like Zegras too for his hockey IQ, but a few things that Podkolzin has is that he has pest potential - high motor, physical. He reminds me of Matthew Tkachuk and Brendan Gallagher somehow, and I think that's what we need in a top 6 role.

    3. King Heffy

      King Heffy

      He's basically Tkachuk without the character issues.  

    4. DontMessMe


      @King Heffy M Tkachuk produces lots of points :)

  9. Praying for a Bruins - Capital's matchup now. What a gnarly game. 

  10. McDavid is unfair. 

    1. MikeBossy


      So much talent wasted in Edmonton - same with Leon. They deserve a better fate.

    2. 6string


      Connie's good.:ph34r:



      Fckin Coilers. It had to be them.

  11. No qualms with Makar taking the Calder, what a freaking talent. 

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    2. BrockBoester


      @Pears Bet accepted but how much savings are we talking here?

    3. smithers joe

      smithers joe

      it was interesting when benning was asked about taking pettersson. he said they had him picked over the other forwards taken in the draft. but when asked if he would have taken pettersson if makar was still available? he said that would have been a tough call, as he saw makar as a franchise d-man.

    4. Jimmy McGill

      Jimmy McGill

      I think you could make a case Quinn is the better dman without the puck but yeah, that offensive skill set is quite something. I do think we're going to have RoY finalists 3 years in a row tho which is a nice feat for Benning. 

  12. Watching Petey's Allsvenkan highlights ... he really loves that dab celly.

    1. BrockBoester


      Pete all about dem memes

    2. -AJ-


      I bet Petey's secretly the dankest memer on the team.

    3. BrockBoester


      @-AJ- He's a big fan of these things

  13. Awful hit on Gaunce today. Hope he's okay.

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    2. -AJ-


      Gross. Say goodbye to your NHL hopes, McCarron. If the AHL has any credibility that will be at least 10 games.

    3. J-23


      Garbage play.


      I hope someone on Gaunce team &^@#ed that guy up.


      Apparently he hurt someone the other night as well.

    4. Nuxfanabroad


      A reason I don't really like top prospects playing in that sh*t-show. F*ckin deplorable

  14. Forgot Gaudette was there to send off the Sedin's. Whatta beaut.

  15. Late night thoughts: With the way things are heading we might end up with a 1994 redemption series. 

    1. goalie13


      The Flames trying to get redemption after losing three consecutive OT games to lose the series?  You would think they would have moved on from that by now.

    2. Squamfan


      this time Erikkson hitting the post :ph34r:



      No way, this year Loui E is going to bring some smart hockey to show the fans what we all hope he still has and spread smart hockey to the younger guys.