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I think that Jake will take another good step this year.  20g 15a along with another year of maturity and confidence, Jake may produce around the same as Michael Ferland and I expect his confidence in the rough stuff will increase with the support that will be around him.  All part of his develop.

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On 7/18/2019 at 6:43 AM, dpn1 said:

I think that Jake will take another good step this year.  20g 15a along with another year of maturity and confidence, Jake may produce around the same as Michael Ferland and I expect his confidence in the rough stuff will increase with the support that will be around him.  All part of his develop.

Another opinion here,. Something that a lot of us think if we just have patience stay positive..  this year likely a blossom year for Jake , even when compared to other notable “power” forwards..

 

https://thehockeywriters.com/canucks-virtanen-breakout-season-2019-20/ 

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14 minutes ago, Disgruntler said:

Ferland Petey Boeser

Miller Horvat Virtanen 

Pearson Sutter Gaudette

Leivo Beagle Motte 

 

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I really hope Jake is given a shot with Horvat this year, but he has to really bring it. If he isn't scoring he has to bring his physical game and get under the other teams skin. God I really want this season to start already. 

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If Virtanen doesn't step forward this year then what is it? the coach, or is he truly a bottom line player.

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11 hours ago, vannuck59 said:

If Virtanen doesn't step forward this year then what is it? the coach, or is he truly a bottom line player.

It depends if his stuck with Sutter but green has more guys that can enter the o zone so that frees Jake up. I think his going to start the season like he did last year and we will see Miller bo and Jake cause for once we don't have spread our talent out so thin.....

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58 minutes ago, 18W-40C-6W said:

Watching Ferland is going to do wonders for his game. He will see how effective he can be even when not scoring. Ferland is streaky points wise but he doesn't take a night or shift off. Jake will learn exactly what he needs to be this year, and I suspect he begins his trajectory to what many hoped this season

Go read his two previous team boards. That is not what they say. Don't go all crazy homer now.

 

Don't get me wrong, I was one of the strongest proponents of us trying to get Ferland this ufa period.

 

But no need to make up stuff up.  :picard:  Both fan bases say he took nights off.  But that can be said about almost every player in the NHL. No one can be "on" 100% of the time.

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21 hours ago, vannuck59 said:

If Virtanen doesn't step forward this year then what is it? the coach, or is he truly a bottom line player.

So in your mind 15 goals is "truly bottom line" production is it? Brilliant. Not trolling at all are you?

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11 hours ago, Elias_Pettersson said:

Obviously Ferland will be tried with Petey but I think Ferland on the same line as Jake would let Virt be fearless with his physical game. He can start running people over again and really driving the net since he knows Ferland will be on the ice at the same time to fight for him if needed. Also them with Horvat would be a crazy forechecking line that can keep up with any line in the league.

 

Miller-Pettersson-Boeser

Ferland-Horvat-Virtanen

Baertschi-Gaudette-Pearson

Leivo-Beagle-Sutter

 

Motte

Goldy

 

Good point.

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On 7/20/2019 at 11:23 PM, Elias_Pettersson said:

Obviously Ferland will be tried with Petey but I think Ferland on the same line as Jake would let Virt be fearless with his physical game. He can start running people over again and really driving the net since he knows Ferland will be on the ice at the same time to fight for him if needed. Also them with Horvat would be a crazy forechecking line that can keep up with any line in the league.

 

Miller-Pettersson-Boeser

Ferland-Horvat-Virtanen

Baertschi-Gaudette-Pearson

Leivo-Beagle-Sutter

 

Motte

Goldy

 

Plus eventually Roussel comes back for even more sandpaper, if only we still had Dorsett that fourth line would be a nightmare. And unless he's waived you wonder where Loui Eriksson fits. 

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51 minutes ago, WonderTwinPowers said:

Plus eventually Roussel comes back for even more sandpaper, if only we still had Dorsett that fourth line would be a nightmare. And unless he's waived you wonder where Loui Eriksson fits. 

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12 hours ago, WonderTwinPowers said:

Plus eventually Roussel comes back for even more sandpaper, if only we still had Dorsett that fourth line would be a nightmare. And unless he's waived you wonder where Loui Eriksson fits. 

Yeah, he doesn't. There's nobody I remove from our roster to make room for him and it only gets more crowded when Roussel gets healthy. Yet people keep posting that he'll be 'competing for a spot this fall'....no he won't. He's not better than the other 4 or so 'bubble' guys at the bottom of the lineup and he's a FAR bigger and unwanted distraction. He's done here (however that ends up being...trade, waived, termination etc).

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I've been kind of annoyed with Jake lately. This is a huge off season for him. There are other players developing behind him (Podkolzin, Hoglander, Lind, MacEwen, Lockwood, etc), and it appears like he's just mailing it in. Partying with friends at the lake or being spotted sitting on a pub deck pounding back highballs. He's having a good time, but he's got to know the NHL isn't a guarantee and can be taken away from him. He's got to try and be smarter on and off the ice. Another player went through this "growing up" (Evander Kane) and is a real good player today. I hope Jake can do the same and doesn't follow Kassian's path instead.  

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