Jake Virtanen, What Do the Canucks Do With Him

Brayden Fengler / February 11, 2021
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Is Jake Virtanen the key to all the Vancouver Canucks problems? Well if he is, it’s definitely not going to be in the way that GM Jim Benning probably imagined when drafting the winger 6th overall in the 2014 NHL entry draft. With the Vancouver Canucks in a complete downhill spiral at the moment, the Virtanen trade rumors have been boiling back up to the surface again. But will trading...

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Four Things the Canucks Can Do To Salvage The Season

Trent Leith / February 9, 2021
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When you sort the league standings by point percentage the Vancouver Canucks are in the company of teams like the Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, LA Kings and San Jose Sharks. Oof. It would not be a far cry to call the 2021 season to this point, a disaster, especially put in the context of the 2019/20 season as a backdrop.  This is the part of a new contender’s timeline...

Your Canucks Questions: Left on Read

Brayden Fengler / February 2, 2021
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The Vancouver Canucks fan base is one of the most engaged and vocal hockey communities in the NHL. Come game days, and really every day in between you can find no shortage of online chatter surrounding every discernible topic on the Vancouver Canucks. However, with a room this big, not every voice can always be heard. Some tweets slip through the cracks, and sometimes thoughtful replies go unaddressed. Well, that’s...

Jordie Benn Could Be a Major Fix for the Canucks

Trent Leith / February 2, 2021
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You always hear people in hockey say things like “he had a quiet night and that’s what you look for from a defenceman”, it’s a cliché, but it’s a cliché because it’s correct. Jordie Benn could be among one of the major fixes the Canucks need with this current roster, in order for it to live up to that timeless turn of phrase. I knew Benn had slotted into the...

What in The World is Wrong with Pettersson?

Trent Leith / January 27, 2021
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I think many of us have had that moment this season, where we’re watching a Canucks game and we ask ourselves out loud “What in the world is wrong with Pettersson?”. My moment came late Monday night after the Canucks won 7-1 against Ottawa, and the only stat Pettersson had was a -1. I was stunned, that is next to impossible as a top-line player on PP1. Pettersson only has...

The Story of the Canucks Defence So Far

Brayden Fengler / January 25, 2021
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It’s hard to know where to begin with the Canucks defence right now. Imagine you’re in a police station viewing a criminal lineup, but the people in the lineup keep shuffling in and out of the room. That’s what it feels like to try and identify the problem that exists with the current Canucks defence core. The Canucks lead the league in both total goals against and average goals against...

SCT Grab Bag: Special Teams, Pettersson and Höglander

Trent Leith / January 22, 2021
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The start of the season for the Vancouver Canucks has been less than ideal, granted, seemingly on the upswing now. There are a few key concerns and takeaways regarding Elias Pettersson, Nils Höglander and the special teams.  Should You Be Worried about Pettersson? No. Elias Pettersson just has too much raw skill to take a sustained step back this drastic. This is not a player that had been punching out...

How was Höglander’s First Week in the NHL?

Brayden Fengler / January 18, 2021
Höglander after he scores first goal
Scoring your first NHL goal in your first NHL game is definitely up there for one of the best ways a Hockey player can start their NHL career. Not every player can be an Auston Matthews and score four goals in their first game, some players have to fight hard just to get one. Fight hard Nils Höglander sure did. Höglander Knows Where to Be. Positioning, positioning, positioning. Did I...

What to expect with J.T Miller and Jordie Benn Out of the Line-Up

Trent Leith / January 13, 2021
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‘Twas the night before Hockey, it was finally back. Everyone was happy when suddenly, SMACK! The Hamonic signing was out, but the news didn’t stop. Fore it was time, for the other shoe to finally drop. The team was in Edmonton, but J.T. was at home. And Canucks fans had a bad feeling, deep in the bone. Just as the final piece to the puzzle was placed Tuesday evening with...

Did the Off-Season Put the Canucks a step ahead, or behind?

Trent Leith / January 13, 2021
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It’s safe to say this offseason for the Canucks has had its ups and downs, with some high turnover of veterans and key players in the locker room. On the other hand, there were bullets dodged as far as UFA contracts go and there is potential young talent ready to make their mark on the NHL.  In the first days of the summer the off-season it looked like the potential...