Canucks Add To Future With 2017 NHL Draft Selections

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

June 24, 2017

The Vancouver Canucks completed the 2017 NHL draft on a positive note, continuing to put pieces in place for the future as they look forward to once again at competing in the post season.

The Canucks added 8 players to the organization: Elias Pettersson, Kole Lind, Jonah Gadjovich, Michael DiPietro, Jack Rathbone, Kristoffer Gunnarsson, Petrus Palmo, and Matt Brassard.

ELIAS PETTERSSON

With their first selection on Friday night, Vancouver picked centre Elias Pettersson from Timra in Sweden’s second division, collecting 41 points (19-22-41) in 43 games, fifth overall pick.

According to eliteprospects.com, he is

A crafty and agile two-way forward. Pettersson is consistently productive in all three zones. As he gets stronger, he’ll become even more physical and aggressive than he is now, and his creativity could definitely elevate his game to dominant levels. He can be described as a tenacious, jack-of-all-trades kind of player; he is well versed in all the important aspects of his own game. His speed and top-end acceleration continue to improve game by game, and his hard-nosedness shows through in his dogged pursuit of puck control. Elias Pettersson is a complete hockey player with exceptional hockey sense who brings intellect and youthful exuberance to a game that feeds on his kind of exciting athleticism. [EP 2017]

RANKINGS

Ranked #5 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #20 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #8 by Future Considerations
Ranked #11 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #2 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)
Ranked #7 by TSN/McKenzie

KOLE LIND

Next, Kelowna Rockets left winger Kole Lind of the Western Hockey League was selected by Vancouver with their second pick, 33rd oveerall.

According to Chris Wescott, EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer,

His business-like game on the ice has earned Kole Lind the nod as NHL Central Scouting’s 23rd-ranked North American Skater.

An up-and-down winger, Lind doesn’t have the same “flash” as other prospects, per The Hockey News but there is skill there as well.

Lind is coming off a career year in the WHL, scoring 30 goals and totaling 87 points in 70 games. In the playoffs, Lind recorded six goals and six assists in 17 games.

“He’s one of those guys you look at the scoresheet and he had a little more of an impact on the game than you thought he did,” a scout said, per The Hockey News.

Lind’s impact on the ice can come in a number of ways. International Scouting Services calls the athlete’s vision and skill-set “high-end” and calls him one of the best pure passers in the 2017 draft class.

According to NHL Scouting,

VERY GOOD OFFENSIVE PLAYER WITH GAME-BREAKING ABILITY – STRONG SKATER WITH AN EXTRA GEAR TO QUICKLY PULL AWAY ON THE PLAY – NHL SHOT WITH A QUICK RELEASE – POWER-PLAY SPECIALIST – PRECISE PASSER WITH EXCELLENT VISION AND TIMING TO GENERATE SCORING CHANCES. http://www.nhl.com

Lind was well thought of as the following rankings indicate:

RANKINGS (http://www.eliteprospects.com):

Ranked #25 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #24 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #38 by Future Considerations
Ranked #34 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #23 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #39 by TSN/McKenzie

JONAH GADJOVICH

Third of seven picks by Vancouver, by way of the Columbus Blue Jackets, 55th overall, Jonah Gadjovich, from the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League.

Ben Kerr, of http://lastwordonsports.com, in his scouting report on Gadjovich, wrote:

A late 1998 birthday, Jonah Gadjovich had a real breakout in his third year in the OHL. He went from 14 goals and 24 points in 2015-16 to 46 goals and 74 points this year, despite playing in six fewer games. His breakout year, we part of the reason that the Attack ended up being one of the best teams in the OHL, and going to the Western Conference finals. Gadjovich finished the playoffs with four goals and three assists in 17 games.

His 46 goals was the most amongst draft eligible OHL players. After a slow start, Gadjovich had 39 goals in the last 40 games of the season, and the Attack were the hottest team in the league over that stretch. The connection between Nick Suzuki and Gadjovich was impressive. 

Eliteprospects commented:

A feisty two-way winger that uses his size and speed to open up space for himself and teammates. Understands both sides of the puck well, and skates hard up and down the ice. Positionally sound and reads plays well. While not always the fastest player on the ice, his skating ability is noteworthy and he can catch the opposition off-guard on the rush. Not afraid to get into the mix, and will get under the skin of opponents. Definitely a team-first player that will find a way to make an impact for his line with each shift. (Curtis Joe, EP 2017)

RANKINGS

Ranked #41 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #62 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #90 by Future Considerations
Ranked #80 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #39 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #46 by TSN/McKenzie

MICHAEL DIPIETRO

Goaltender Michael DiPietro of the 2017 Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, became the fourth pick for the Canucks, 64th overall.

The pick continued the Canucks draft history of drafting good young goalies with the potential of becoming strong NHL caliber goaltenders.

He was ranked 4th best prospect among North American goaltenders, and was named the Memorial Cup Most Outstanding goaltender and first team All-Star, in backstopping the Spitfires to their Memorial Cup victory.

Tom Dorsa, of https://blackoutdallas.com, recently wrote of the Canucks pick:

DiPietro’s main attribute for success is his intensity and athleticism. At 6’0″, DiPietro is comparatively undersized as an NHL-caliber goaltender, but his quickness with his feet and his relentless positioning skills put him amongst the most interesting Draft choices.

DiPietro has often exemplified the ability to steal games, which is remarkably valuable in today’s NHL. The elite goaltenders in pro hockey are sometimes the best all-around players on the ice, and DiPietro has that ceiling.

DiPietro’s biggest quality is his lateral movement; the 18-year-old moves side to side with the best of them and makes crucial saves on cross-ice passes due to such a trait. His athleticism allows him to get a good push off the ice or the posts and make the stop on the other end of the crease.

Dipietro was ranked fairly high and Vancouver is undoubtedly hoping they got one of the steals of the 2017 draft:

RANKINGS

Ranked #37 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #28 by Future Considerations
Ranked #53 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #4 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Goalies)
Ranked #41 by TSN/McKenzie

Source: http://www.eliteprospects.com

JACK RATHBONE

Jack Rathbone, of Dexter High School in Michigan, an 18 year old defenseman, was Vancouver’s 5th pick, 95th overall.

http://thehockeywriters.com wrote of Rathbone:

Known for his swift skating style, Rathbone makes up for a lack of size with speed and defensive grit. He passes with precision and consistently pushes teammates in transition. Rathbone utilizes his mobility to elude fore-checkers and create offensive chances for himself and teammates. His patience for allowing plays to develop underscores his advanced hockey IQ.

“Undersized defender with good vision, high-end skating ability and grit. Very elusive and uses his shiftiness to move pucks out of his zone and to the attack, which he will hop in on. His low center of gravity give him the ability to cannonball opponents and knock them off the puck.” – Bill Placzek, www.draftsite.com

Rankings for Rathbone for the 2017 draft:

RANKINGS

Ranked #128 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #80 by Future Considerations
Ranked #105 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #57 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #78 by TSN/McKenzie

Source: http://www.eliteprospects.com

Lack of size was not a deterrent to Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton, and Vancouver would love to have Rathbone make their lineup in a few years as Hutton eventually did.

KRISTOFFER GUNNARSSON

Sixth pick, 135th overall, went to Kristoffer Gunnarsson of Sweden, the Canucks second of three defensemen picked in the 2017 draft by Vancouver.

During today’s draft, Vancouver acquired the 135th and 181st pick from Chicago, with the Canucks using the 135th pick to select 20 year old defenseman Kristoffer Gunnarsson from IK Oskarshamn in the Allsvenskan.

Gunnarsson will play with Frolunda HC in the Swedish Elite League next season.

Scouting report from Eliteprospects notes of Gunnarsson,

Gunnarsson is a defenseman who plays a safe, defensive-minded game. Owns decent mobility and skating ability. Likes to hit and punish opponents physically. Doesn’t contribute much offensively.
– Erik K. Piri, EP (2017)

PETRUS PALMU

181st overall, and 7th pick of Vancouver, was 19 year old left winger Petrus Palmu, teammate of 2nd round draft pick Jonah Gadjovich of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League.

In 2016-17, Palmu had 40 goals and 98 points in 62 games, with 13 goals and 21 points in 17 playoff games.

The scouting report on Palmu from Eliteprospects:

The only thing stopping Palmu from being a sure fire NHL draft pick is his underwhelming size. AT 5’6, 165 pounds, Palmu gets by on speed, smarts, offensive flash and capable defensive play. He was one of Owen Sounds most impressive players this season and has he continues to progress and get stronger, he could be a force in the OHL. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2015)

It remains to be seen if the Canucks faith in Palmu will be rewarded in future with a spot in the Canucks lineup or just a footnote in the history of the organization.

MATT BRASSARD

Last but not least, 7th round pick, 188th overall, and the 8th and final pick of Vancouver in the 2017 draft, was Matt Brassard, defenseman, from the Oshawa Generals.

The 18 year old, right handed defenseman, was ranked 137th by NHL Central Scouting, and had 32 points (12 goals and 20 assists) in 62 games in the Ontario Hockey League split between the Barrie Colts and Oshawa last season.

According to http://ohlprospects.blogspot.ca:

Brassard is a really interesting prospect…He’s got a lot of things going for him. First is size and aggressiveness at 6’2, 200lbs. Second is overall mobility, which is pretty decent. Third is a big point shot. Brassard finished 5th in the OHL among shots by defenseman with 203…Brassard is still pretty raw. He’s still learning as a defensive player, and I’m not sure he’s a natural offensive blueliner (in terms of vision and playmaking ability).

According to Canucks Mobile, Brassard could be the steal of the 2017 NHL draft for Vancouver, offering the following scouting report:

Is not scared to get ‘greasy’; plays a safe two-way game that allows him to get points; a big bodied player; has decent skating and mobility.

Stay tuned for more articles as the summer progresses for the Vancouver Canucks.

 

The Difference A Year Makes In Pacific Division For Canucks: A Look Back To 2015-16 After 39 Games

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Jan 3, 2017

After 39 games last season, the Canucks were 15-15-9, for 39 points, good for a share of 3rd place in the Pacific division with Anaheim.

This season, Vancouver after 39 games, are 18-18-3, for 39 points, for 6th place in the Pacific division, 6 points behind 3rd place Edmonton.

More comparisons and contrasts:

  • Faceoff win percentage was the worst in the NHL at 45.2 percent
    • This season, it is 52.3 percent, 5th best in the NHL
  • Power play was 16 percent successful, 28th in the NHL
    • This season, it is 14.2 percent, 26th in the NHL
  • Penalty kill was 78.9 percent successful, 22nd in the NHL
    • This season, it is 80 percent, t-21st in the NHL
  • The last 43 games of the season, Vancouver was 16-23-4, for 36 points, and finished out of the playoffs.

This season? Well, the Canucks have yet to play them, but they are projected to finish with 83 points and out of the playoffs

Vancouver would need a record of, let’s say, 20-20-4 in their last 44 games, and finish with a record of 38-38-7, to accomplish that New Year 2017 prediction.

Now, do the Canucks have enough in the tank to make that happen? Remains to be seen, and we definitely will see if they do.

The real question though, could Vancouver do better than .500 in the rest of their games, and make a push towards a playoff run? It would defy the odds for sure.

Stay tuned for the outcome.

More In Brief:

Category                2015-16                      2016-17
Goals For                       92                                  93
Goals Against              108                                 115
Shots For                     1138                              1085
Shots Against              1198                              1196
Power Play               21 for 131, 16%           17 for 120, 14.2%
Penalty Kill              28 for 133, 78.9%      22 for 110, 80%
Faceoff Wins               1069                             1236
Faceoff Losses            1295                              1129
FOW%                          45.2                               52.3

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Willie Desjardins On A Short Leash, And The Room Is Speaking Loud And Clear

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Vancouver Canuck Coach Willie Desjardins

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 8, 2016

Under performers and inconsistent efforts by Canucks players, besides Jake Virtanen, continue to undermine and diminish the efforts of other players, to turn the team around.

Jeff Paterson, tweeted today, “on a team with so many under performers and inconsistent efforts, the Canucks seem to be singling out (Jake) Virtanen. Don’t get that”.

I tweeted back to him, “Who are the “many” under performers and inconsistent efforts?”

His response wasn’t to take responsiblity for his comment, and elaborate, but pass off the question, with this reply: “anybody want to handle this one for me? Don’t have enough time in the day”.

Jeff Paterson, covers the Vancouver sports scene in print, radio & on-line. TSN 1040, The Province & Canucks Army.

I expected something more from Mr. Paterson, instead of putting his foot in his mouth, and shirking accountability for his comments, and passing it to others to put words in his mouth…..if there’s any room left.

Now, since he put it out for others to “handle this one for (him)”, I will take a stab at it.

I can look at the regular stats, the advanced stats, but unfortunately unlike people like Mr. Paterson: he can go to the games, watch the players, interview the players and management staff; talk to other reporters and media, much more readily than I can.

So, occasionally, I like to reach out, like I did today, and ask a question, out of curiosity, to media like Mr. Paterson, related to his tweet, to find out if we agree about who are the “many under performers and inconsistent efforts”.

Using, the resources available to me, my response to Mr. Paterson is as follows:

I believe that Jake Virtanen is not the only Vancouver Canuck who has under performed and has been inconsistent in his play and output this season.

Like Loui Ericksson, who for his past offensive reputation, of scoring goals, has scored none, when signed for millions of dollars to score, and instead, the Vancouver lineup is worse for having him in it, after 13 games played.

Like Alex Burrows, who for years, was the Canucks “Super Pest”, dangerous at even strength, on the power play, and shorthanded; who played like each game was his last, with passion and controlled emotion; drawing penalties; distracting the better players on the other teams off their game.

The Burrows of today, sadly, is not the Burrows of the past, who struggled to get to the NHL, and once he made it, made the most of it, but has since fallen.

Like Philip Larsen, who was touted to be the savior of the Canucks power play, as its quarterback. Either he embellished his résumé, or Canucks management was intoxicated when they bought the goods on Mr. Larsen.

Larsen has under performed on the power play; has been inconsistent in his play, having no offensive knowledge other than shoot the puck; lacking the hockey sense for a power play “specialist”.

Like Jack Skille, who once he made the Canucks off a professional tryout offer, has been less than thankful with his play and contribution in the games he has played. I expect more leadership and example from him for his time in the NHL. He was supposed to have speed, be able to pester opposing players, and play with the emotion, passion and enthusiasm that got him on the team.

I think Mr. Skille , has to watch video of his preseason games and get back to playing like a dog-with-a-bone, and prove he deserves a spot on this team on a full-time basis.

Like Nikita Tryamkin, who the Canucks treated with kid gloves, because of the contract that allowed Tryamkin to hold Canucks management hostage, undermining the Canuck organization, and disrespecting the “code”.

Tryamkin is not a “Canuck”, like, “We are all Canucks” He is not, a “teammate” by definition in word, or in spirit.

Tryamikin was selfish, dissed his teammates; undermined the efforts of the team to get off to a good start.

His lack of professionalism, and integrity, to show up at training camp in so poor condition and playing shape, without any serious personal initiative to deal with the issue in the off-season, is reprehensible, and cost the Canucks extra money, attention, effort, and possible points this season.

Like, Sven Baertschi, who seemed to come into his own, in January of this year, gaining confidence, playing time, and results for his efforts and performances, that resulted in hope and belief, that the leadership, example, passion, emotion and enthusiasm, he showed up to, and including the last game of the season, would be a spring-board to great things to watch for this season.

Instead of Baertschi starting out the season, like he wanted to belong; like one of the leaders; like a player with a burr under his behind, with something to prove; making this current season his best in the NHL, continuing where he stopped last season: he actually stopped.

He stopped. Dead on the ice. Stopped.

Baertschi has not been productive, has not been performing like he can, and has been more inconsistent than Jake Virtanen.

Baertschi has not generated any offense, none at all (0-2=2; -5 in 13 GP).

He knows his job. He has played this game for years.

Baetschi’s comfort zone is not at a high level of play, and he is not the only player, undermining the team, by not heeding the call, for more goals, and more offensive attack; giving it everything physically every shift, until they puke or pass out.

I feel for Willie Desjardins, who has something like writers block, but not as a writer, but as coach of this season’s Canucks.

Desjardins has reached a wall with his players, that neither words or emotion can reach them.

It has all been said before, and it no longer motivates, threatens, nor shocks.

Desjardins does not know how to reach this type of hockey player, the “professional hockey player”, who once they get “tenure” like a university professor, do as they please, on and off the ice, without regard for the belief that there is somebody else who can play better with this team called the Vancouver Canucks.

The coach is always the scapegoat, as someone I follow on Twitter put it today, because they bring in the system(s) that the team will play by, and they are accountable for the communication, understanding and execution, of their words and direction.

I would like to conclude with the following old adage….so I will:

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

Many of the Canucks are acting like entitled asses:

  • You can give someone the opportunity to do something, as Desjardins and Jim Benning have, but you cannot force them to do it, if they do not want to.

That will be the undoing of Desjardins, and the continuing challenge of Jim Benning and Trevor Linden, once Willie is gone.

And he will be gone, sooner than later, because the room is speaking loud and clear.

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Canucks At A Glance:

  • Vancouver has only scored 5 goals in 5 games, with Ryan Miller in net since October 23 in Anaheim. Miller is 0-5-0 in those 5 games.
  • After 13-games this season:
    • Canucks have:
      • 355 shots for (20th)
      • 375 shots against (17th)
      • 176 blocked shots (13th)
      • 251 hits (16th)
      • 139 missed shots (14th)
      • 93 giveaways (8th)
      • 74 takeaways (tied for 18th).
    • Vancouver:
      • Has a face-off winning percentage of 49.9 percent, tied for 13th best overall in the NHL
      • Is tied for 16th best save percentage in the NHL at .907
      • Has the 9th best shot against average in the NHL with 28.6 SA/GP.
      • Has the 9th best shots for average in the NHL with 28.8 SF/G.
      • Has the 18th least amount of penalties in the NHL with 56.
  • Blocked Shots Leaders:
    • Alex Edler is 4th in the NHL lead in blocked shots with 34 in 12 games, averaging 2.8 BkS/GP
    • Chris Tanev has 19 blocked shots in 7 games, averaging 2.7 BkS/GP
    • Luca Sbisa has 20; Erik Gudbranson, 16; both Ben Hutton, 15
  • Giveaways Leaders:
    • Luca Sbisa and Henrik Sedin are tied for 36 in NHL in most giveaways with 11;
  • Takeaways Leaders:
    • Markus Granlund leads Canucks with 10 takeaways
    • Ben Hutton, 8; Bo Horvat and Alex Burrows, 7
  • Time On Ice Leaders:
    • Even Strength TOI:
      • Ben Hutton is 7th in the NHL in even strength TOI with 246:51
      • Edler is 14th in the NHL in even strength TOI with 239:19
    • TOI:
      • Edler also has the 19th most TOI in the NHL with 292:36
      • Ben Hutton has the 36th most TOI in the NHL with 275:27
    • TOI/GP:
      • Alex Edler is 14th in the NHL in TOI/GP at 24:23
      • Ben Hutton, 21:11 TOI/GP in 12 GP
      • Chris Tanev, 20:09 TOI/GP in 7 GP
      • Troy Stecher, 19:54 TOI/GP in 4 GP
      • Erik Gudbranson, 19:42 TOI/GP in 12 GP
    • Shifts/GP:
      • Alex Edler is 23rd in Shifts/GP with 29.3
      • Chris Tanev is 46th in Shifts/GP with 28.1
      • Ben Hutton is 104th in Shifts/GP with 26.0
  • Face-Off Leaders:
    • Face-Offs:
      • Brandon Sutter is 18th in the NHL in face-offs with 244
      • Henrik Sedin is 24th in the NHL in face-offs with 222
      • Bo Horvat is 25th in the NHL, with 213
    • Face-Off Wins:
      • Brandon Sutter, tied for 19th in face-off wins with 124
      • Henrik Sedin is 27th, with 114 wins
      • Bo Horvat is 33rd, with 102 wins
    • Face-Off Losses:
      • Brandon Sutter is 19th in most face-off losses with 120
      • Bo Horvat, tied for 20th, with 111 losses
      • Henrik Sedin is tied for 27th, with 108
    • Face-Off Win Percentage:
      • Henrik Sedin, 51.3; Brandon Sutter, 50.8, Brendan Gaunce, 50.6; Bo Horvat, 47.9; Markus Granlund, 37.9
  • Hits Leaders:
    • Hits/GP:
      • Nikita Tryamkin is tied for 5th in the NHL in Hits/GP with 4.0
      • Derek Dorsett is tied for 25th in the NHL in Hits/GP with 2.8
    • Total Hits:
      • Derek Dorsett has 25 hits
      • Erik Gudbranson has 23
      • Alex Edler, 21
  • Shots Per Game Played Leaders:
    • Daniel Sedin 2.9 S/GP
    • Brandon Sutter, 2.3 S/GP
    • Troy Stecher, 2.0 S/GP
    • Alex Edler, 2.0 S/GP
  • Shooting Percentage Leaders:
    • Bo Horvat, 25.0, tied for 18th best in the NHL
    • Henrik Sedin, 21.1
    • Markus Granlund, 14.3
    • Daniel Sedin, 10.5
    • Jannik Hansen, 9.5
  • Total Shots Leaders:
    • Daniel Sedin, 38 in 13 GP
    • Brandon Sutter, 30 in 13 GP
    • Alex Edler, 24 in 12 GP
    • Ben Hutton,24 in 13 GP
    • Philip Larsen, 22 in 13 GP
    • Jannik Hansen, 21 in 12 GP
    • Markus Granlund, 21 in 13 GP
    • Loui Ericksson, 21 in 13 GP
  • Canuck defensemen have a joint 2G-10A for 12 PTS, after 13-games this season.
    • Last season after 13-games, Canuck defensemen had 6G-19A for 25 PTS.
  • Canucks forwards have 19G-24A for 43 PTS, after  13-games this season.
    • Last season, after 13-games, Canuck forwards had 31G-43A for 74 PTS.
  • Vancouver goals by period:
    • First period: 4-goals for (30th in NHL); 12-goals against (tied for 22nd in NHL)
    • Second period: 7-goals for (tied for 25th in NHL); 11-goals against (14th best in NHL)
    • Third period: 8-goals for (tied for 24th in NHL); 14-goals against (tied for 23rd best in NHL)
    • Overtime: 2-goals for (2nd in NHL); 0-goals against (1st in NHL)
  • Advanced Stats:

    • Vancouver has the 15th best CorsiFor% (5 on 5) in the NHL: 49.68 percent, and the 15th best CorsiFor% (All Strengths): 50.11 percent.
    • Canucks have the 10th highest SCF (All Strengths): 281; and 27th lowest SCA (All Strengths): 294.
    • Vancouver has the 8th highest SCF (5 on 5): 215; 29th in SCA (5 on 5): 240.
    • Canucks are 11th in Corsi 5 on 5 (Zone Start%): 51.31 percent.
    • Individual CorsiFor% (5 on 5):
      • Top Forwards:
        • Loui Ericksson: 13 GP: 55.75
        • Henrik Sedin: 13 GP: 55.30
        • Daniel Sedin: 13 GP: 54.13
        • Markus Granlund: 13 GP: 52.56
        • Derek Dorsett: 9 GP: 52.38
        • Jayson Megna: 2 GP: 52.17
        • Jannik Hansen: 12 GP: 50.49
        • Alex Burrows: 8 GP: 48.82
      • Top Defensemen:
        • Ben Hutton: 13 GP: 51.81
        • Erik Gudbranson: 13 GP: 51.04
        • Luca Sbisa: 13 GP: 50.17
        • Nikita Tryamkin: 3 GP: 50.00
        • Philip Larsen: 13 GP: 49.34
        • Chris Tanev: 7 GP: 48:45
        • Troy Stecher: 4 GP: 48.39
        • Alex Edler: 12 GP: 46.67
        • Alex Biega: 1 GP: 27.27 percent

Groundhog Day, Business Of Professional Hockey, Canucks vs Oilers

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andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

October 27, 2016

Groundhog Day will continue for another game for the Canucks, as very little has changed since Tuesday, when Vancouver turned in a very poor performance in front of the home fans.

The NHL is fond of saying hockey is a multi-million dollar business, well in Vancouver the professional hockey business is not being run very well.

The product has been marked down considerably since the four game winning streak came to an end,and three bad losses resulted in a different streak; and  there might be some fans who would not even pay reduced rates to see them in person.

Oh, unless they are not coming to see the Canucks but the other team. You know…the Connor McDavid Oilers from Edmonton.

  • Vancouver is 0 for 17 on the power play in their last 6-games against Edmonton going back to the 2014-15 season, with them 0 for 10 at Rogers Arena in four of the six.
  • Vancouver averaged less than a goal a game against the Oilers last season (9 GF in 5 GP).
  • The last season the Canucks were able to generate any offense against Edmonton was 2014-15 when they had 21 GF in 5 GP.

What a difference a couple of seasons and a different roster make.

I mean, the Canucks, so predictable, their game plan too obvious; no surprises or adjustments on the ice to hoodwink their opponents.

A work in progress, that seems to be, a work in progressing ever so slowly, that people would rather stay home, go see a movie, go out for dinner, or watch the games on television, their phone, laptop, desktop computer.

After all, cable is already paid for; or the internet is paid for, and you can watch every game for no extra expense: don’t pay for parking, for the ticket, for the food or alcohol. You already have the food and alcohol paid and for far less than the Canucks charge.

And don’t forget, first and foremost, the Vancouver Canucks are a business, it is not about the product. If you don’t like how the Canucks are doing, come and watch the Oilers.  Please!!!

  • Vancouver so far this season are only averaging 1.8-goals a game in 5 previous home games, and their power play at Rogers Arena is 1 for 16: 6.2 percent (28th in the NHL).
  • Meanwhile, the Oilers enter the game, averaging 4-goals a game in 2 previous road games, and their power play is 2 for 6: 33.3 percent (5th in the NHL).
  • Vancouver have 130 shots for in five home game, with 9 goals to show for it: 1 goal for every 14 shots. Edmonton has given up 3 goals on 66 shots in two previous road games: 1 goal against for every 22 shots.
  • Canucks have given up 126 shots in their five home games, with 9 goals against: 1 goal against for every 14 shots. Edmonton has 8 goals on 61 shots in their road games: 1 goal for for every 7.6 shots.
  • Vancouver is averaging 26 shots for; 25.2 shots against at home. Edmonton is averaging 30.5 shots for; 33 shots against.

The point: Vancouver can not score; their power play is pathetic. Looks like Canucks 2; Edmonton 3, based on shots. Figure in the power plays for both teams, edge to the Oilers with 1 goal.

Final score: 4-2 Edmonton.

Note: Not all variables, and unforeseen circumstances, taken into consideration in this prediction.

Still time for the ghosts of Canucks past, present and future, to visit and alter the outcome of the game….and the season….and the century.