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Tyler Myers Is Not A Fit For The Vancouver Canucks

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

Tyler Myers is not a bad hockey player, let’s be clear on that point.

His statistical record has lots to commend him: he has done a nice job of putting up points in his career, with 265 in 635 career games. That alone tells us that he’s a solid NHL player.

And the last two seasons in Winnipeg, he’s surpassed 30 points both times.

But he’s still not a player the Vancouver Canucks should be looking to sign.

It doesn’t take much digging before you start to find worrying signs about him.

Simply put: Myers, who can clearly move the puck and is a giant at 6-8, is not a great defensive defenceman. His five-on-five ice time requires management. And he’s 29. And he’s also going to be chasing a new contract from a position of strength: there are going to be lots of suitors after his signature.


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Darren Dreger Talks With Quinn And Jack Hughes

Brothers Quinn and Jack Hughes stop by the Dreger Café in Kosice, Slovakia. Jack talks about his transition from the U18 tournament to the WHC and embracing the experience rather than vying for draft status. Quinn touches on his short NHL experience with the Canucks at the end of the regular season, watching his younger brother go down the same path he did, and much more.

Watch the 9 1/2 interview at TSN.

added 7:24pm, option to watch it below too...

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Hockey Operations In Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Leafs, for example, have a six-person analytics department headed by Darryl Metcalf. They have seven people working in player development, including former figure skater Barb Underhill, the skating development consultant. They have a director of pro scouting, amateur scouting and European scouting while employing 17 amateur scouts.

Their pro scouts include Blair MacKasey, Mike Penny and Tom Watt, who’ve been in the game longer than the red line.

This, however, is my favourite. They employ three community representatives: Darryl Sittler, Wendel Clark and George Armstrong. For special occasions, Punch Imlach is available through a medium.

So there’s a reason the Leafs have to hold their organizational meetings in the lower bowl of Scotiabank Arena and, for all the resources they’ve poured into their hockey department, you wonder where they’d be today if they didn’t win the Auston Matthews lottery.

But this is also true: If the Leafs represent one approach to franchise building, the Vancouver Canucks occupy the other end of the spectrum. What that means is a matter of some debate, and there are some wildly successful teams run by a smaller staff.

But, in analyzing the league’s other 30 franchises, it’s clear the Canucks’ operation is among the NHL’s leanest. That appears to be the way the Aquilini ownership group and general manager Jim Benning want things. But when you’ve missed the playoffs four consecutive years, it also raises a number of pointed questions.

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The Debut Of Quinn Hughes

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

On the night Alex Edler set the Vancouver Canucks’ all-time record for goals by a defenceman, you couldn’t help but wonder if new teammate Quinn Hughes will one day be the player who breaks it.

The 19-year-old did not score in his National Hockey League debut, which left the defenceman 94 goals behind Edler, who turns 33 next month and has played 810 games for the Canucks.

But Hughes dazzled with his speed going forward with the puck, made a lot of smart defensive plays and accurate passes, and will be remembered in his debut for one audacious setup.

Young Canucks cornerstones Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser scored in their NHL debuts. Hughes, another foundational piece, merely had a world-class assist, embarrassing Los Angeles Kings’ veteran Trevor Lewis with a pass to himself off the back of the goal, then forcing a save from Jonathan Quick before Boeser scored on the rebound.

The crowd at Rogers Arena gasped in witness at Hughes’ move around Lewis late in the second period, then roared when Boeser popped in the goal. Of course, Canucks Nation has never been known for its measured restraint, either in good times or bad.


Below, watch Hughes in action.

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Video- Afternoon Line - Quinn Hughes

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How Could It Not Be A Goal?

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

But whenever Vancouver fans think of Sunday’s game, it won’t be for Schaller scoring a deuce or Josh Leivo sniping the shootout winner. It will be for rookie Elias Pettersson being denied a second-period goal when Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin foiled Pettersson on a second-period penalty shot by throwing his stick straight into the Swede’s feet.

Despite clear wording in the NHL rulebook that a goal should have been awarded automatically on Khudobin’s stick toss, referees Justin St. Pierre and Tim Peel, positioned on each side of the net with unobstructed side views of the play, called nothing except a save.

When Canucks coach Travis Green, after watching replays, disbelievingly asked St. Pierre before the ensuing faceoff why it wasn’t a goal, the referee shrugged and made a motion with his hand apparently demonstrating that Khudobin poke-checked Pettersson.

Before we proceed further, let’s make something clear: the Canucks are not going to the playoffs, haven’t won enough games to deserve to go, and are again in garbage time when blown calls – for and against them – hardly matter.

But blown calls should matter to the NHL, and this one was embarrassing. Not quite as embarrassing as former referee Denis Morel allowing Winnipeg Jet Nelson Emerson to catch a puck behind the Chicago net, carry it to the post and drop it with his hand over the goal-line for a game-winning goal during the 1993 season. But it wasn’t far off.


Missed it, watch the play here.

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Video- Chris Kreider Fined For An Elbow


Watch the elbow on Pettesson below.

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Video- Antoine Done For The Season With A Knee Injury

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Roussel suffering a knee injury after being dropped in the second period by a head shot from Brendan Lemieux, who was assessed a match penalty for targeting the head....

The Roussel loss is a brutal blow to his career season and being the club’s moral compass.

The gritty winger was cutting to the net in the second period when he was dropped by an elbow to the head and twisted and fell to the ice on his knee. The unrestricted free agent acquisition had a career-high 31 points (9-22) and his loss will hamper the Canucks on the ice and in the room in their remaining games.

more on the Canucks including Quinn Hughes in a walking boot....

Watch the Lemieuz hit below...

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Quinn Hughes And The Vancouver Canucks

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

He will burn the first year of his entry-level contract when he plays his first game. And the left-shot blueliner can only play 10 games the remainder of this season so he doesn’t have to be protected for the Seattle expansion draft in 2021. If he exceeds 10 games, he would be a third-year player by 2021 and need to be included on the protected list.

That’s the boiler-plate stuff. What everyone is anxious to see is the on-ice stuff.

If the right-shot Chis Tanev returns after missing 11 games with an ankle injury, he would pair well with Hughes. So would Troy Stecher. And Travis Green said he’d play Hughes “as much as I can.”

Hughes had 33 points (5-28) in 30 games this season with the disappointing 13-18-7 Wolverines. His eye-popping array of puck-moving wizardry — especially mobility to avoid the first forechecker with elite edge work — will be a boon to the back end. So will his ability to run a plodding and predictable power play that has sunk to 29th overall.

“He can snap passes or change the angle on his shot to get them through, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on him,” added Benning. “It’s a big step. I told him come in, work hard, don’t be nervous and do the things you’re capable of doing and I expect him to do that.”


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Quinn Hughes Signs A Three-Year ELC With The Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Quinn Hughes to a three-year, entry-level contract.

"Quinn is an exceptional skater, strong on the puck and plays with creativity and vision," said Benning. "He was a leader on his team at the University of Michigan and has had success at the international level. We're excited for Quinn to join our team and continue to grow his game as a member of the Vancouver Canucks."

Hughes, 19, completed his second collegiate season with the University of Michigan Wolverines of the NCAA Big Ten Conference. He ranked first on the team in scoring with 33 points (5-28-33) in 32 games played this season, following up a rookie campaign of 29 points (5-24-29) in 37 games.

On the international stage, Hughes participated in the 2018 and 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships, helping Team USA to a silver medal in 2019 as an Assistant Captain.

The 5-10, 170-pound defenceman was drafted by Vancouver 7th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Hughes will to travel to Vancouver on Tuesday.

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