Should Canucks Fans Be Worried About Olli Juolevi?

Jackson McDonald
December 05 2016 01:00PM

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Now that we're over a quarter of the way through the CHL season, we now have a large enough sample size that we can begin to make inferences about how players are performing and how coaches deploy them. We're also far enough into the season that narratives and concerns can start to take form.

With Friday's tilt between the OHL's Owen Sound Attack and London Knights televised on the west coast, many Canucks fans got their first look at Juolevi this season. But to their surprise, Juolevi was skating predominantly on the Knights' second pair, behind 19-year-old Brandon Crawley and Montreal Canadiens 2016 pick Victor Mete.

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Future Free Agents: Kevin Shattenkirk

Cam Lewis
December 04 2016 02:06PM

Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017's potential free agency class. 

Since Brent Burns inked a wooly mammoth of a contract extension with the San Jose Sharks a couple of weeks ago, the spotlight shifts to Kevin Shattenkirk

The St. Louis Blues’ right-handed, puck-moving defenceman is now far and away the best blue liner set to become available on the free agent market this summer. While Shattenkirk isn’t quite the generational talent that Burns is, he’s still one of the game’s best at producing offence from the blue line and would be a welcome addition to just about every team in the league. 

Unfortunately, if speculation is correct, there may actually only be one team he’s interested in playing for. 

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Comparing the Flames' two RW UFA signings: Troy Brouwer vs. Kris Versteeg

Ari Yanover
December 04 2016 08:00AM

The Flames had a number of needs heading into this past summer. Some young players needed new contracts; they needed to get goalies under contract, period; and the only player of note who could play the right side was Michael Frolik.

The various contracts were signed. Alex Chiasson was acquired for Patrick Sieloff, somebody who probably isn't going to be an NHL regular any time... ever, really. And Troy Brouwer was picked up on July 1, too.

And then, one day before the season started, so was Kris Versteeg.

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NHLN Notebook: NHLPA rejects Olympic offer, Franchise values and McDavid on pace to make history

Zach Laing
December 02 2016 05:00PM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

Will the NHL be at the next Olympics? Are there any broke NHL teams? What about Connor McHistory?

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Forbes Ranks Canucks as 7th-Most Valuable NHL Team: Why It's Concerning

Vanessa Jang
December 02 2016 04:58PM

Since the team's peak years from 2009-2012, the Vancouver Canucks organization has enjoyed their fair share of ups and downs. It's no secret the team has been on a decline over the past few years especially, though. Some remain hopeful and optimistic about the present, while others would like to see a regime that solely focuses on the future. 

On Wednesday, Forbes released their annual NHL Valuations for 2016. At the top of the list were the cream of the crop Original Six, while the smaller hockey markets crowded the bottom. Being a Canadian market in a city that seemingly lives and breathes hockey, the Forbes listed the Vancouver Canucks as the 7th-most valuable NHL franchise. Sounds impressive right? It definitely is, but there are also some concerns that may arise within business operations.

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