J.D. Burke’s Top 100 Prospects for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft

J.D. Burke
June 19 2017 11:13AM

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As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, the Nation Network Prospect Profile countdown concluded on Friday with Nico Hischier checking in as second overall in favour of Nolan Patrick in first. That wraps up the consensus part of Canucks Army’s prospect ranking series.

This year, I wanted to make the process as transparent as possible. That means opening up my own list to the public and offering insight into my decisions concerning each player’s ranking.

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Should the Canucks Commit to Jacob Markstrom?

J.D. Burke
February 18 2017 01:00PM

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When the Canucks face the Calgary Flames on Saturday, they'll have played 22 games since the turn of the calendar. Jacob Markstrom's been their netminder for five.

The obvious story therein is the number of starts Miller -- a 36-year-old netminder who's raised concerns in each of his two previous seasons in Vancouver about his workload -- received in that stretch, and with good reason. It's neither to the team nor the player's benefit to do so, and nothing suggests they're changing their ways in the second leg of this most important stretch of their season.

I wonder, though, if that's equal parts faith in Miller as it is skepticism of Markstrom's ability to so much as hold the fort. That's idle speculation on my part, but for posterity's sake, I wanted to see whether the Canucks are justified in their reticence to commit to Markstrom in any meaningful way.

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Are the Canucks Changing Their Trade Deadline Tune?

J.D. Burke
February 08 2017 11:00AM

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This deadline was shaping up to be one of the least compelling in recent memory for the Vancouver Canucks. That was the original game plan, anyways. 

Going as far back as December, Canucks General Manager Jim Benning indicated to The Province's Jason Botchford that he wanted the market aware he has no desire to ask players to waive their no-trade clauses to facilitate trades for the March 1st deadline. Taking Benning at his word (which we generally can), that indicated the Canucks would forego selling assets at this year's deadline.

The Canucks also made public their desire to not part with picks at this year's deadline, assuaging the concerns of a fan base biting their nails amidst the possibility of a mortgaged future for two home playoff games. If they're not trading draft picks, they haven't much else in their quiver to bring in secondary scoring for the home stretch.

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P.A. Parenteau Looking to Parlay Production Into a Long-Term Homestead

J.D. Burke
January 17 2017 09:00AM

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As the saying goes, one man's trash is another's treasure. The way P.A. Parenteau is cycling through teams, I find recycling a more apt fit between the well-traveled winger and the timeless adage though.

Of course, finding a fit for Parenteau hasn't exactly been a walk in the park. A veteran of eight NHL seasons, the 33-year-old winger is on his seventh team with the New Jersey Devils. As the Devils playoff hopes wane and the trade deadline encroaches, it's possible they won't even be his last this season either.

That's added incentive for Parenteau to play his part in a Devils turnaround. He sounds upbeat about the possibility, even as long odds await New Jersey at every turn.

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The Sedins Can't Carry a Line Anymore

J.D. Burke
January 05 2017 05:00PM

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The Sedin twins aren't what they used to be, but who is at 36-years-old? Father time catches up with the best of us, and whether their games depended on youthful hallmarks like speed or physicality or not, they're suffering it the same as anyone.

It's not that they're necessarily bad players. Far from it, even. Whether they have enough to carry a first line without help on a nightly basis is another question entirely. As the season continues and the pair drag onwards towards their lowest point rate over a full season since their fifth season, it becomes increasingly clear that answer is a resounding no.

In fairness to the Sedins, though, it's not a question they likely anticipated responding to this season. The Canucks signed Loui Eriksson to a lucrative six-year contract with a spot alongside the Sedins in mind. Barring that, they had Jannik Hansen to fall back on.

Whether by circumstance or choice, the Sedins have played sparing with either since October. The best-laid plans, and so on. Let's dig into exactly what kind of impact the alternatives are having on their ability to push play as the Canucks premier line.

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