Stick in Link: Oral history of 1994, moving on up, and coach Desjardins?

It’s time for “Stick in Link”, the feature where we just plug in a bunch of stuff written by others! Featuring a smattering of links from around the Smylosphere and beyond every Tuesday and Thursday. Warning: our links are so hyper, they change colour when exposed to heat. (Have something for us to share in the next edition? E-mail us at, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)


  • It’s been twenty years since the 1994 playoff run and this oral history is a great, nostalgic read. I love how hard Jim Robson is on himself for some of his most iconic calls and reading Nathan LaFayette’s memory of hitting the post just plain hurts: “I shot it, saw it hit the post and then saw the puck flipping back at me logo, no logo, logo, no logo and it was just kind of suspended there.” [Vancouver Sun]
  • Speaking of nostalgia, this video of Canucks alumni reminiscing about the Canucks in the 70′s is fantastic, including some great old clips from games. I love the shots of the team signing autographs along the glass. Can’t imagine seeing that now. [CanucksTV]


  • Remember how I wrote a post on Monday about a report that indicated Jim Benning wouldn’t be trading the 6th overall pick in the upcoming draft? Throw it out the window. Apparently he’s still interested in moving up and the pick is in play. Sigh. [Sportsnet]
  • While I’m not entirely sold, Rhys makes a very compelling case for trading up to the number one spot in the draft and taking Sam Reinhart, even if it takes Bo Horvat and the 6th overall pick to do it. [Canucks Army]
  • Using a different methodology, this post agrees with Rhys that it’s worth it to trade up from 6th to 1st and speculates what a potential trade package might look like. [Drop It Like It's Ott]
  • Jeff Angus chimes in on the subject of trading up as well, emphasizing Reinhart’s ties to Vancouver and how Canucks fans are always eager for the team to draft and sign local talent. []
  • It’s looking more and more like Willie Desjardins, currently coaching the Texas Stars in the Calder Cup Final, is the frontrunner for the Canucks head coaching job. His previous experience coaching with the currently still employed Glen Gulutzan certainly doesn’t hurt that impression. This is a solid introduction to Desjardins and his philosophy of player development and winning. [Vancouver Sun]
  • This is a wonderful piece of satire from Cam Charron on that newfangled fancy statistic ruining everyone’s enjoyment of the game: goals. [Canucks Army]
  • Henrik Sedin is far better at penalty shots in soccer than in hockey, apparently. [Whitecaps FC]
  • Defenceman Evan McEneny was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012 after attending Canucks camp as an invitee. He had a solid season for the Kingston Frontenacs, scoring 35 points in 46 games after getting traded from the Kitchener Rangers. His 42 total points tied him with fellow Canucks prospect Jordan Subban for 14th among OHL defencemen. This highlight video showcases his offensive instincts, vision, and nice wristshot. [Canucks Prospects]



  1. Wetcoaster
    June 11, 2014

    Any trade for the 1st overall pick can’t be judged in isolation of a potential Kesler trade though. Whatever picks and prospects come back in a potential trade are also potential pieces that might be moved in a Florida deal

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    • Daniel Wagner
      June 12, 2014

      That’s a fair point. If, say, the 10th overall pick came back in a trade with Anaheim, I wonder if Florida would go for the 6th and 10th picks for the 1st overall pick. Fun to imagine and speculate, at least.

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      • Andy
        June 12, 2014

        It’d be super fun/amazing of Benning if he could find a way to include some under performing depth forwards (Hansen?) and one of our big defender anchors (Tanev/Garrison?) in order to keep the 10th, but still pick up the first overall pick.

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  2. akidd
    June 12, 2014

    “I wonder if Florida would go for the 6th and 10th picks for the 1st overall pick.”

    not if they followed the links on Stick in Link they won’t.

    i love the idea of drafting reinhart but looking at his highlight packagae vs. horvat’s from last year i found horvat’s more tantalizing. i know it’s a silly way to evaluate players for sure. but there was something in horvat’s hands and rhythm that shouted “don’t trade this guy.” not just your average 9th pick i think. a deep draft it was.

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    • Chris the Curmudgeon
      June 12, 2014

      I don’t want to see Horvat traded either, but keep in mind just how significant one year is in the development of a player. In that sense, hockey tends to draft a little early when it comes to actually knowing what you might be getting, because a player tends to improve significantly in the year after their draft year.

      As much as those numbers make a compelling case for Reinhart, I can’t help but notice that a lot of 2014 draft eligibles end up looking pretty good in that analysis. Ehlers, Draisatl and Bennett, for example, all look pretty solid too. As much as Reinhart’s at the top of the pack, none of the scouting I’ve ever seen on him seems to paint him as as much of a sure thing as Stamkos, Tavares, Hall, etc. It’s concerning to think that he might be getting a little overrated and that the Canucks might try to overpay to get him.

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