September 12 2016 09:00AM
With the summer winding down, we at Canucks Army are looking to fill the dead space between our Top 20 countdown and the start of the World Cup of Hockey. This week, I've decided to head back to the draft, and I'm going to be looking at the past, present and future on Canucks drafting and NHL prospects by going over the 2015, 2016, and 2017 NHL Entry Drafts and how they pertain to the Canucks.
First up in the 2015 draft. It's been a little over a year since Jim Benning and co brought home seven players from their trip to Sunrise, Florida, including their reigning top offensive prospect in Brock Boeser. Now it's only been 14 months, so these prospects are all still works in progress, but some development has taken place. So how exactly has one full turn of the calendar affected the value of Vancouver's 2015 class?
September 12 2016 08:00AM
The results of a pair of warmup games, for a tournament that usually doesn't exist, in the beginning of September are probably the last things in the world that I'd use to make long-term blanket statements about a player. Certainly, that's not what we're here to do today.
But last night, I was curious as to how the Leafs' representatives at the World Cup of Hockey were doing as far as puck possession. The results? Well, they aren't so hot as of yet.
September 12 2016 08:00AM
A lot changed for the Calgary Flames this offseason, but there are two things that will determine if they really are a better team this year: goaltending and coaching.
The goaltending side is simple.
The coaching side is a bit more complicated. New bench bosses Glen Gulutzan and Paul Jerrard have very clear areas of the game they need to improve in Bob Hartley's wake, including some individual tactics that were lacking under the previous regime.
Here are the areas I'll be grading the new coaching staff on this year.
September 09 2016 10:55PM
The Edmonton Oilers, historically, are not a strong destination for veteran NHL players who miss out on the big money of free agency. If I asked you to recall the last actual NHL player who attended Oilers camp on a tryout offer, what would your answer be? My answer after the break.
September 09 2016 04:00PM
Many die-hard hockey fans can tell you that Wayne Gretzky holds the all-time NHL scoring record with 2,857 points. Thos fans will also tell you this record will likely never be broken. Not only because of the nearly 1,000 point lead he has on the next highest all-time scorer, Mark Messier, but also due to the drastic decline of scoring in the NHL.
There is no one simple explanation for this result, but let's review some of the reasons as to why the number of goals per game is reducing.