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If you go down the list and look at the one sided losses the Canucks have suffered... a lot of them are to teams which have bigger players or bigger lines.

 

So for example, Washington... Winnipeg... even Tuesday night's loss to Vegas was a lot to do with the fact the Canucks could not handle the Ryan Reeves line.

 

The Canucks do not have real counter against players who are strong on the boards and who can hit and push people off the puck.  Obviously speed is also important... when the opposing team has the combination of speed and size, its a problem.  We see these endless cycles in the Canucks zone with the smaller Canuck defense just bouncing off larger forwards.

 

Most of the Canucks defense is small to medium size... the exceptions are Edler and Gudbranson... and when those two are out of the lineup... it shows.

 

In my opinion the #1 priority of Benning has to be acquiring some larger sized... but also mobile defensemen.

 

From my perspective, first on that list has to be Tryamkin.  Canucks  have his rights, he fits all the descriptions of what the team needs... it is just a matter of getting his attention and interest in moving back to the NHL.

 

The next summer has to be all about drafting/acquiring/trading for big mobile defensemen.

 

We already have another smaller skilled defenseman in Quinn Hughes... but he has to be paired with someone with size.  All the defensive pairings have to be a blend of size and skill. 

 

Right now the Canuck's D is too small.

 

 

 

 

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It was also painful to watch the Canucks try and take the puck away from Getzlaf's line.  They had us pinned in our zone for a minute on each of their shifts it felt like. 

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2 hours ago, vannuck59 said:

You need Size, Speed, and Skill. That's to win, not smurfs.  JB better start drafting that. Tampa has a lot of small skilled guys but on the back end they are big

I think we need to try to trade for that. If we draft them now they are 4 or 5 years away. Even woo is 4 yrs away.  That's too far out 

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Small team

The average height of an NHL player is just over 6'1", you can be sure the Nucks round up when measuring height

#   name, position, age, height

51 Troy Stecher D 24  5-10

64 Tyler Motte C 23 5-10

9 Brendan Leipsic LW 24 5-10

55 Alex Biega D 30 5-10 

26 Antoine Roussel LW 29 5-11 - injured not playing

77 Nikolay Goldobin RW 23 5-11

89 Sam Gagner C 29 5-11 

47 Sven Baertschi LW 26 5-11 - injured not playing

5 Derrick Pouliot D 25 6-0

53 Bo Horvat C 23 6-0

60 Markus Granlund C 25 6-0

4 Michael Del Zotto D 28 6-0

18 Jake Virtanen RW 22 6-1

88 Adam Gaudette C 22 6-1

6 Brock Boeser RW 21 6-1

 

Over 6'1"

8 Christopher Tanev D 29 6-2 

59 Tim Schaller C 28 6-2 

40 Elias Pettersson C 20 6 -2

27 Ben Hutton D 25 6-2 

50 Brendan Gaunce C 24 6-2 

21 Loui Eriksson LW 33 6-2 

20 Brandon Sutter C 29 6-3 - injured not playing

23 Alexander Edler D 32 6-3

83 Jay Beagle C 33 6-3 - injured not playing

44 Erik Gudbranson D 27 6-5 injured not playing

 

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