Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 06/23/08 at 01:41 PM ET
Ed Willes at the Province points out why Mike Gillis is having trouble fitting into the Old Boys Club of the NHL.
Despite the problems Willes points out above, Tony Gallagher at the Province remains unfazed, and is still the acting PR voice for Gillis in the Vancouver press.
Sportsnet television is broadcasting their much-hyped Trevor Linden feature tonight. Air time is 9pm PT.
Ron Delorme, part of the Canucks organization for some 26 years, has tattoos of all the Canucks logos on his butt. (Seriously.) Anyway, Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun talks with the Canucks scouting director of the last nine years. All indications are that he’s on his way out.
Update 10:40am PT: Given the Delorme story, below is a bit of support for his drafting record, and from an unlikely source: a Detroit Red Wings fan.
About a week ago, shep commented on this post, pointin to some stats that don’t get as much attention as the duds in Vancouver’s recent history.
So I’ve reprinted his calculations here. (And thanks again, Shep!)
Far be it from me to suggest that the Canucks are better at anything than the Wings, but… Using the data at hockeydb.com, I totaled up a few NHL stats for skaters drafted over the ten years from ‘96 to ‘05. The results may surprise you.
First number is for Detroit, the second for Vancouver:
25 - 28
2442 - 4195
457 - 577
740 - 1057
1197 - 1634
Obviously there are many factors that are not reflected here (number of low first round picks, mix of forwards/defense, ability to “season” players in the minors, what the prospects are like right now, etc), but taken at face value, I don’t think you can simply say that Detroit rules and Vancouver drools.
The time span I used was for players drafted those years. I didn’t bother with ‘06 and ‘07 because those prospects haven’t played much yet (the lone exception is Matthias—you can add another player, 4GP, 2G, 0A, 2PTS to the Wings’ ledger if you want).
The stats I used are NHL career totals (not just with DET/VAN), and appear to be current thru the 07-08 season. I say “appear” because I did not confirm all fifty-plus players. I spot checked the stats for Hank, Pavel, and the Sedins, and those are all up to date.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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