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As Elias Pettersson Goes So Do The Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

There are eight games this season in which Elias Pettersson has failed to score a point, and the Vancouver Canucks haven’t won any of them. No wonder hockey coaches say you win or lose with your best players.

The Canucks have managed just two loser points – overtime losses to the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks – in the eight games Pettersson has been blanked. When the National Hockey League’s rookie-of-the-year has made it on to the scoresheet, Vancouver is 11-2-2.

That’s how important the just-turned 21-year-old is to the Canucks.

He scores, they win. He doesn’t score, they lose. It may not be fair, but it’s pretty simple.

In Thursday’s 6-3 win against the Nashville Predators, a slump-interrupting victory driven for two periods by the Vancouver power play and in the final one by goalie Jacob Markstrom, Pettersson had one goal and two assists with the man-advantage.

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The Vancouver Canucks Showed They Can Compete

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Opinion: If they’re going to be taken seriously as a contender, they must call on that level of commitment on a nightly basis for the rest of the season
This is the reality of the NHL season.

On Tuesday night, the Vancouver Canucks dropped a 2-1 overtime decision in a five ice-bag game against the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. Afterwards, the Canucks agreed they’d passed a significant test in a game that was played with playoff intensity. But they also get to enjoy that moment, to say nothing of the impressive start to their season, about as long as it takes most people to sneeze.

Their next test comes Thursday night in Chicago. Then it’s Friday night in Winnipeg. Then they’re home two nights later to begin a four-game stand where they play every second night. Then they’re on the road for six more, which brings them to the end of November, or about the time the season starts getting interesting.

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Getting Their Draft Picks Right In Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Benning, for most of his five-plus seasons as the Canucks’ GM, has been a polarizing figure. The team’s record has been abysmal under his watch. His trades and free-agent signings haven’t delivered. His early drafts featured some notable misses.

In short, he’s taken a lot of criticism in his time here and most of it has been justified. But something seems to be happening with the Canucks this season; something that makes you rethink your opinion of Jimbo. Yes, it’s hard to trust when you’ve been fooled so many times in the past, but you just have to look at Benning’s draft record to understand the Canucks are laying a foundation that will last longer than the first month of this season.

There are a couple of reasons for this, but the most important one is that finally it’s the other teams looking at the Canucks’ draft picks and asking, “How did we miss that guy?”

If you were to redo the 2017 NHL Draft, for example, Elias Pettersson would be the first player off the board. Miro Heiskanen and Cale Makar, the two defenceman taken immediately before Pettersson, might have something to say about that in future. But there’s also something about the totality of the slender Swede Pettersson’s game — his skill, his smarts, his compete level — that makes you believe he’ll be a franchise centre for the next decade in Vancouver....

The next year, the hockey gods served up Quinn Hughes. Again, Benning had his choice of a group of defencemen and, again, he didn’t make the safe choice. But he made the right choice, landing a player who, at 20, can quarterback an NHL power play, figures to be in the Calder conversation this year and, if he stays healthy, could be the greatest offensive defenceman in Canucks history.

Hughes went to Michigan. The pick before he was selected by the Canucks the Detroit Red Wings took winger Filip Zadina, who has scored one goal in five games for Grand Rapids in the AHL.

Detroit, we know your pain.

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Hot Goaltending In Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Opinion: It’s unrealistic to expect this level of goaltending from Markstrom and Demko every night over the next six months.

We wake up this morning to find the Vancouver Canucks in a playoff spot and the Calgary Flames not. Speaking of things which should make you happy, here are the Monday morning musings and meditations on the world of sports.

• With their 3-2 win over the Rangers in Manhattan on Sunday, the Canucks have now won five of their last six outings and a win in Detroit on Tuesday will send them home from their four-game roadie with a 3-1 record.

That’s laudable. But some context is also required as the first three weeks of their season are considered.

Three of the Canucks’ five wins have come on the strength of their goaltending. That doesn’t mean their goalies have stolen wins. It does mean they’ve won because they had the better goalie for that game.

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Video- Alex Edler Hit On Blake Coleman

The call was elbowing, then changed to illegal check to the head.

Discussion on the hit at Reddit.

Watch the hit below.

 

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Video- Bo Horvat Receives The ‘C’ In Vancouver

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Horvat knew in the summer that he was going to be named captain.

“Everybody was trying to keep it a secret and it was the worst-kept secret ever,” laughed Horvat.

You would think that would put the centre at ease when the big night finally arrived. It didn’t. Horvat was not quite himself and the magnitude of the major moment was captured with his father, Tim. shedding a tear at Rogers Arena.

“I’m not going to lie —  I was nervous,” admitted Horvat. “You feel that added pressure, but at the same time, I wanted to embrace it and go out there and have a good game. It was a really special night and one I won’t forget. It was pretty surreal. It was actually pretty emotional and obviously really humbling and a dream come true.”

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Watch the ceremony below.

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Questions Facing The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

1: Is Jacob Markstrom an upper-tier NHL goalie? After a brutal November, he certainly was over the final four months of last season. The Canucks can’t win with average goaltending. They need Markstrom to be a top 10 ‘keeper.

2: Is Elias Pettersson an 80-point centreman? He’s the Canucks’ best player and teams go as far as their best players take them. Pettersson’s talent isn’t the question. It’s can he establish himself as a legitimate No. 1 centre over the NHL’s 82-game grind.

3: Can Quinn Hughes and the Canucks’ young stars revive the power play?

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Brock Boeser Signs A Three-Year Deal With Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has re-signed forward Brock Boeser to a three-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $5.875 million.

"We're very pleased to have Brock re-sign," said Benning. "He's a talented player, a key contributor to our offence and an important part of our team's future. We look forward to having Brock join the team in preparation for the upcoming season."

Boeser, 22, finished third in team scoring last season with 56 points (26-30-56) in 69 games. His 26 goals also ranked third on the team, while his three game winning goals ranked second. In 140 career NHL games with Vancouver, Boeser has recorded 116 points (59-57-116) and 38 penalty minutes.

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Signing Brock Boeser May Have Become Harder

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

There are a number of ways to look at the Mitch Marner contract — and various media outlets in Toronto have examined them all — but this is what it looks like from Vancouver.

The Maple Leafs didn’t make the Brock Boeser negotiation any easier on the Canucks....

Marner is coming off a breakthrough 94-point season which placed him 11th among all NHL scorers last season. Boeser had 56 points in 69 games....

Marner has been the more productive player. But, if you believe the Canucks are trying to bring Boeser in at $7 million per, is that difference worth $4 million a year?

Let’s look at it another way. Even if it’s worth $2 million a year, that puts Boeser in the $9-million ballpark and that will impact the negotiations for Elias Pettersson in two years and Bo Horvat two years after that.

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No Complaints From Landon Ferraro

from Ben Kuzma od the Vancouver Province,

Landon Ferraro could complain.

The well-travelled centre endured two knee injuries while attempting to gain NHL career traction. He was limited to a dozen AHL games last season because the 28-year-old Trail native, a 2009 second-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, needed hip and groin procedures to correct a hernia ailment.

However, because Ferraro sports speed, smarts and a strong two-way game, the Vancouver Canucks extended a professional tryout contract with the hope he might bring leadership to the Utica Comets. He has only played 77 games in the NHL, but won an AHL championship in 2013 with the Grand Rapids Griffins and keeps battling to extend his career.

“He’s a good pro first of all,” said Canucks coach Travis Green. “You want to have good players in your organization and we’ve got good veterans in Utica and wanted a body in our camp. We’ll take it a day at a time. We have to see how he looks on the ice and make decisions later.”

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