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Labate and Carcone have been decent for what they're worth.

 

Hutton is really impressing me, I had a feeling he'd breakout with Gudbranson and another year under his belt but wow he looks like he'll easily score 40 points next season and lead our defence offensively.

 

Gaunce looks like he's on the verge of nailing down a roster spot full-time with his all-round decent play.

 

Obviously Stecher has been outstanding, granted he's getting groomed by playing with our best defenceman and lots of PP time, but they were some very pretty plays and exactly what we needed. I knew Larson would be a waste but didn't expect Stecher to be this good. Give the kid the number 6 spot to start the season, and have him and Edler running the first unit PP.

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Here's Jeff Paterson's list of winners and losers after 1 week of preseason, along with the best goal clip. 

 

http://theprovince.com/sports/hockey/nhl/vancouver-canucks/jeff-paterson-canucks-try-grenier-on-for-size-but-he-doesnt-fit?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 


Winners in Week 1 of the preseason:

1) Troy Stecher tops this list, even though the rookie from Richmond has played just one game. But what a game it was — a goal and two assists, including a sublime helper on the game-winner in his Canucks debut on Tuesday against Edmonton.

2) For a guy who hadn’t played a game anywhere in eight months, Anton Rodin hasn’t looked out of place in preseason NHL action. He had the game-winner on the power play against the Oilers, and has a couple of assists, too. He still has much to prove before he can be called a legitimate NHL goal-scorer, but his offensive instincts have been on display in his two outings so far.


3) Brendan Gaunce has been given every opportunity to show how much he wants to make the opening-night roster. Gaunce is the only Canuck to suit up for all three preseason games so far, and he scored a nice goal on Tuesday against Edmonton. He’s skating well, using his size effectively and is on the cusp of being an everyday NHL’er.

4) Joe Labate has had an eventful first week of the preseason with a goal, a fight, a handful of big hits and a few unwanted penalties. A fourth-round pick in 2011, Labate turned pro last season after four years of the University of Wisconsin. The 6-foot-4 Minnesotan has played with an edge all week, but he showed some touch scoring off the rush against Edmonton.

5) Richard Bachman has shown well making the most of his two starts in San Jose and Calgary. He was perfect in stopping all 20 shots he faced in half a game in the Bay Area, and only gave up a pair of power-play goals in 40 minutes of action in Cowtown. Destined for the farm, Bachman has to stay sharp in the event of an early-season recall. Someday down the line, Thatcher Demko will get the call, but until he learns the pro game, the veteran Bachman will be the first netminder summoned from Utica.

 


Losers in Week 1 of the preseason:

1) Alex Grenier
 “To the eye, Grenier appears to have the tools to play in the NHL. However, hunger and an inability to bring his best to the rink on a nightly basis seem to be holding him back.”

It seems the Canucks agreed, as, after two indifferent preseason games, the 25-year-old’s name hit the waiver wire on Saturday, effectively ending his preseason.

Last year at camp there was a big buzz about the 6-foot-5 winger and enough curiosity on the part of the Canucks’ coaching staff that they gave Grenier a chance to skate alongside the Sedins. He had that opportunity again briefly in one of the six games he played for the hockey club during two separate recalls from Utica last season.


But in those games and his two games this week, Grenier failed to deliver. He has National Hockey League size, but either doesn’t want to or know how to use it properly.
 

 

2) Jake Virtanen didn’t make it out of his first preseason game unscathed, suffering a shoulder bruise late in the second period in San Jose. It doesn’t sound serious, but it’s not the way he or the hockey club wanted the power forward’s preseason to start.

3) Philip Larsen hasn’t done much in his return to the NHL. He’s played twice, seen plenty of power-play time, but has yet to pick up any points. This isn’t to write him off. It’s just to say his first week of the preseason was underwhelming and he needs to do more.

4) Olli Juolevi is 18 and needs to bulk up to play in the NHL. That much was clear on draft day and was reinforced in his preseason debut. He wasn’t bad, he’s just not ready for prime time. But he’ll get there.

5) Jayson Megna was signed this off-season as a depth forward with 54 games of NHL experience in Pittsburgh and with the Rangers. Did you know Megna was in camp? Do the coaches and management? Probably not.

 

PTO Performances

Handicapping the three players in camp on professional tryouts after week one: Jack Skille has been the most prominent of the bunch. Tuomo Ruutu has had a few moments. James Sheppard hasn’t done much to stand out.

 

 

Best goal of Week 1

Rodin’s game-winner late in the third period against Edmonton. The Swede’s finish was nice, although the set-up from Stecher was nicer as he worked his way down the right wing boards and drew the Oilers’ penalty-killers to him. Then, as the middle of the ice opened up, he fed a cross-slot pass onto Rodin’s stick, and he had no trouble converting.

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, AlwaysACanuckFan said:

Here's Jeff Paterson's list of winners and losers after 1 week of preseason, along with the best goal clip. 

 

http://theprovince.com/sports/hockey/nhl/vancouver-canucks/jeff-paterson-canucks-try-grenier-on-for-size-but-he-doesnt-fit?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 


Winners in Week 1 of the preseason:

1) Troy Stecher tops this list, even though the rookie from Richmond has played just one game. But what a game it was — a goal and two assists, including a sublime helper on the game-winner in his Canucks debut on Tuesday against Edmonton.

2) For a guy who hadn’t played a game anywhere in eight months, Anton Rodin hasn’t looked out of place in preseason NHL action. He had the game-winner on the power play against the Oilers, and has a couple of assists, too. He still has much to prove before he can be called a legitimate NHL goal-scorer, but his offensive instincts have been on display in his two outings so far.


3) Brendan Gaunce has been given every opportunity to show how much he wants to make the opening-night roster. Gaunce is the only Canuck to suit up for all three preseason games so far, and he scored a nice goal on Tuesday against Edmonton. He’s skating well, using his size effectively and is on the cusp of being an everyday NHL’er.

4) Joe Labate has had an eventful first week of the preseason with a goal, a fight, a handful of big hits and a few unwanted penalties. A fourth-round pick in 2011, Labate turned pro last season after four years of the University of Wisconsin. The 6-foot-4 Minnesotan has played with an edge all week, but he showed some touch scoring off the rush against Edmonton.

5) Richard Bachman has shown well making the most of his two starts in San Jose and Calgary. He was perfect in stopping all 20 shots he faced in half a game in the Bay Area, and only gave up a pair of power-play goals in 40 minutes of action in Cowtown. Destined for the farm, Bachman has to stay sharp in the event of an early-season recall. Someday down the line, Thatcher Demko will get the call, but until he learns the pro game, the veteran Bachman will be the first netminder summoned from Utica.

 


Losers in Week 1 of the preseason:

1) Alex Grenier.

 

2) Jake Virtanen didn’t make it out of his first preseason game unscathed, suffering a shoulder bruise late in the second period in San Jose. It doesn’t sound serious, but it’s not the way he or the hockey club wanted the power forward’s preseason to start.

3) Philip Larsen hasn’t done much in his return to the NHL. He’s played twice, seen plenty of power-play time, but has yet to pick up any points. This isn’t to write him off. It’s just to say his first week of the preseason was underwhelming and he needs to do more.

4) Olli Juolevi is 18 and needs to bulk up to play in the NHL. That much was clear on draft day and was reinforced in his preseason debut. He wasn’t bad, he’s just not ready for prime time. But he’ll get there.

5) Jayson Megna was signed this off-season as a depth forward with 54 games of NHL experience in Pittsburgh and with the Rangers. Did you know Megna was in camp? Do the coaches and management? Probably not.

 

PTO Performances

Handicapping the three players in camp on professional tryouts after week one: Jack Skille has been the most prominent of the bunch. Tuomo Ruutu has had a few moments. James Sheppard hasn’t done much to stand out.

 

 

Best goal of Week 1

Rodin’s game-winner late in the third period against Edmonton. The Swede’s finish was nice, although the set-up from Stecher was nicer as he worked his way down the right wing boards and drew the Oilers’ penalty-killers to him. Then, as the middle of the ice opened up, he fed a cross-slot pass onto Rodin’s stick, and he had no trouble converting.

 

 

 

 

Why didn't he write anything explanation about Alex "dusty" Grenier??

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Not going to lie, Borna Rendulic has surprised me the most (also surprised I haven't seen his name more). I had expectations to some degree for most of the people at camp, even Ruutu and Skille, but this guy, "never heard of her" as they say.

 

This guy has some pretty great stick handling abilities and a high compete level. He's also young.

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