It goes without saying how badly the Canucks could have used a functional fourth line in the Stanley Cup Final, but I’ll say it anyway: on numerous occasions, Boston’s fourth line gave the Bruins momentum-changing shifts while the Canucks’ fourth line sat on the bench, awaiting or reminiscing their only shift of the period.
It was clear that there wasn’t a single fourth-liner in the Canucks organization Alain Vigneault trusted. That’s pretty damning (especially since AV loves his depth guys). This might explain why the Canucks didn’t have much of a problem with the mass exodus that took place over the weekend, as they let nearly every fourth-liner they had sign somewhere else.Continue Reading —›
The Canucks 2011 Development Camp starts today. This is a big moment in the lives of the Canucks prospects: for some, this is their first chance to see Vancouver, step into Rogers Arena, and show the staff and management of the Canucks what they can do in person. But this is also a big moment for those who have hopes of becoming Canucks prospects. Some of the invitees are coming to their first ever NHL camp and have years of development ahead of them, while others are nearing the end of their major junior or college careers and are looking for a professional contract within the next two years.
I introduced you to 6 of the 12 invitees yesterday morning. Here are the remaining invitees, highlighted by a towering goaltender and a Swedish twin.Continue Reading —›