Canucks assign Andrey Pedan to Utica

Ryan Biech
January 02 2017 11:35AM

It was announced this morning that defenceman Andrey Pedan has been returned to the Utica Comets

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Is the Canucks Recent Interest in the QMJHL a Developing Trend?

Ryan Biech
December 13 2016 11:00AM

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Michael Carcone fend off an Edmonton Oilers defender in the pre-season.

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We're a few years into Jim Benning's run at the top of the Canucks, and we're starting to see trends develop as a result. For the purpose of this exercise, I'm going to focus on an area of strength and look at developments made at the draft.

Vancouver's made a point of selecting players from the USHL, and the results so far indicate they're on their way to paydirt. The OHL doesn't lag far behind in the Canucks' collective scope, as they've mined that league on many occasions over the last three seasons. Lastly, they're prospecting the QMJHL it seems.

Investing in the QMJHL isn't a surefire bet. Just looking at Canucks' development camps, and it's a who's who of players from the Q who've been passed over, sometimes in multiple drafts. That speaks to the uncertainty.

The Canucks haven't always gone that route, though. If their record in 2016 is any indication, it might be a developing trend for the Canucks heading into their fourth draft with Benning at the helm.

This is a topic worth exploring, so let's dive into it.

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Expansion Draft: Baertschi or Granlund

Ryan Biech
December 08 2016 11:00AM

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With the Expansion Draft looming over this year's trade deadline, it's becoming a hot topic around the league. Who's going to protect who being the most gabbed about element, naturally.

The dynamics are likely to change by the time we've made it to the draft, but that shouldn't stop the discussion, dissection and preparation. It's not like it'll hurt to keep the three items in mind.

You need to have a plan for now and chart a course for the future. 

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Predicting Horvat's next contract

Ryan Biech
December 01 2016 09:00AM

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A few short weeks ago, I suggested that the Canucks would be wise to make inroads on a long-term extension for Bo Horvat post-haste. The Canucks announced not long after that they'd signed Ben Hutton to a two-year extension.

Following the announcement of the Hutton deal, Horvat was brought up:

Music to many a Canucks fans ears!

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Canucks should be targeting Ryan Strome

Ryan Biech
November 30 2016 11:00AM

For a team in the Canucks position, they should be exploring ways to make improvements throughout the lineup at all times.

Those minor improvements here and there, would result in a tangible improvement without the cost of trading multiple assets for a big name.

Sometimes, players fall out of favour with their current team, and become a possibility to be moved. The Canucks used such a situation to their advantage when they acquired Sven Baertschi from the Calgary Flames.

With that thought process in mind, it appears another player could be headed down this same road, and that's New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome.

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