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Troy Stecher scored the first of three goals in the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 losing effort Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks in preseason play.

Stecher is moving up from the University of North Dakota where he scored eight goals and had 21 assists last year. The other goals scored by the Canucks in Wednesday night’s contest belonged to Brendan Gaunce and Griffin Reinhart.
Sep 29 - 1:05 AM

Ryan Miller and Thatcher Demko split the net time Wednesday night in a 5-3 preseason win by the Vancouver Canucks over the Edmonton Oilers.

Miller gave up two of the three goals Wednesday night while stopping 15 for a save percentage of 0.882. Demko gave up one goal on nine shots for a 0.889 percentage.
Sep 29 - 12:56 AM

Anton Rodin scored the game winning goal in the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night.

The Canucks and Oilers were having a see-saw affair, alternating goals, until Rodin made the go-ahead shot 15:53 minutes into the third period on a power play. Rodin spent a little time in 20112 through 2013 with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, but this is his first opportunity in the NHL. He has not been idle, playing the last three seasons with the Brynas IF Gavle in his native Sweden. Drake Caggiula was the most productive player Wednesday night with two goals in the first.
Sep 29 - 12:48 AM

Jake Virtanen left Tuesday's contest with a shoulder injury.

We'll have to wait and see if Virtanen will miss a meaningful amount of time. Prior to the injury he was playing on a line with Sven Baertschi and Bo Horvat.
Sep 28 - 6:02 AM

Bo Horvat had a strong showing in Tuesday's preseason contest.

Horvat netted a goal and won 20-of-23 faceoffs. He was playing on a line with Sven Baertschi and Jake Virtanen. "To get on the board right away gives me confidence and our line had some good chemistry going," said Horvat, who endured a 27-game goal drought last season. "Now is the time to try stuff, but there are things I still have to work on and the team has to work on, stuff I have to clean up. I have to be better in my D-zone in closing gaps quicker and moving my feet." Unfortunately Virtanen also suffered a shoulder injury Tuesday night and it's not clear yet how long he'll be out. If he's going to miss a significant amount of time, then Horvat's line will of course have to change for now.
Sep 28 - 6:00 AM

Michael Garteig let three goals slip past in the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night.

The British Columbia netminder hoped to bring some of the magic he employed last year with the Quinnipiac Bobcats, but did not find his rhythm. With the Bobcats, he won 32 games on 43 starts in 2015/2016 and had a save percentage of 0.924. Tuesday night, he stopped 10 shots before giving up three with a save percentage of only 0.769.
Sep 28 - 1:53 AM

Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi scored one goal each in the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night.

Baertschi scored 15 goals last year with the Canucks and had 13 assists. Horvat had 13 goals and 12 assists with the Canucks in 2014/2015 and 16 goals with 24 assists last year. Both shooters hope to get a little more ice time this season.
Sep 28 - 1:45 AM

Derek Dorsett had a healthy off-season and is playing alongside Markus Granlund and Emerson Etem at training camp.

This should be the Canucks fourth line this season. Dorsett had a tough off-season in 2015 as he had double hernia surgery and was forced to miss seven weeks of training in the summer. It was not the case this season so look for Dorsett to get 20-25 points as well as leading or being near the top of the penalty minute category.
Sep 25 - 11:05 AM

Canucks coach Willie Desjardins cautioned that Loui Eriksson isn't "locked into" his position with the Sedin twins.

Eriksson is expected to start the campaign on a line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin, but things could change as the season progresses. We're passing this along as a matter of course more than anything else, because really this doesn't tell us anything we couldn't have just guessed. Lines change throughout the season and for a variety of reasons, so you have to take long-term projections for lines with a grain of salt.
Sep 22 - 3:43 PM

Andrey Pedan is going into training camp with a lot of confidence.

Pedan feels he's gotten stronger and will do a better job in his own zone with the puck. "I’m really excited for this year and I know anything can happen if you play solid," he said. "I came to North America because I like this type of hockey. I don’t like the big rinks. It’s slow and you can take a nap between shifts. I like when it’s intense and the boys are going at it. Some (Russian) guys get some injuries and want to take it easy on their bodies and go back there (KHL) and make some money. I’m ready to make the NHL." Pedan had no points and 18 penalty minutes in 13 games with Vancouver in 2015-16. At the AHL level he recorded 21 points and 87 PIM in 45 contests. Vancouver wants to carry eight defensemen and Pedan is waiver-eligible, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him make the Canucks' roster even if he's a scratch in the season opener.
Sep 21 - 5:37 AM

Jack Skille was the last player off the ice following Monday's practice as he has his sights sets on making the Canucks off of a PTO.

"I’m willing to chew through rope to be here," said Skille. "If I prove I’m on a mission and ready to go, I think I should turn some heads. When you look back as a young guy, you always have time and if you don’t make the playoffs, there’s always next year. That’s not the case. I’ve seen how hard it is. I want to win. It’s getting late in my career and I want to ride this bus as long as possible." The 29-year-old is a veteran of 313 NHL games and if he makes the team, it will be as a third or fourth liner. He'll face stiff competition though, including from fellow PTO invites James Sheppard and Tuomo Ruutu.
Sep 20 - 8:50 AM

Canucks general manager Jim Benning said Monday night that veteran Ryan Miller will start the regular season as Vancouver's No. 1 goaltender.

"He has the experience, he had a good season for us last year," Benning said. "But I feel we have two real good goalies and that's a strength of our team." Miller, 36, will become an unrestricted free agent after the coming season. He posted a 17-24-9 record and 2.70 GAA in 51 starts last season. There has been speculation that Jacob Markstrom, 26, would start in goal for the Canucks after he signed a three-year contract extension with an annual average value of $3.67 million. Markstrom was 13-14-4 with a 2.73 GAA and a .915 save percentage in 33 games and 30 starts last year.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 19 - 11:52 PM

Jack Skille will attend training camp with Vancouver on a professional tryout.

He notched eight goals and 14 points in 74 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season. The Canucks will also have Tuomo Ruutu, James Sheppard and goaltender Kevin Carr at camp on PTOs.
Sep 19 - 5:15 PM

Jacob Markstrom stopped 27 of 28 shots in Sunday's 2-1 win over Team Russia.

This was a solid performance from a goalie who had no idea he was starting until he got to the rink today. Markstrom played because Henrik Lundqvist had the flu. It appeared as though Markstrom was heading for a shutout, but Alex Ovechkin scored with 33 seconds remaining in the game to make it 2-1. There were some nervous moments at the end, as Ovechkin appeared to score his second of the game with eight seconds remaining, but the officials waved it off because the puck was pushed over the goal line with his hand. As good as Markstrom was, look for Lundqvist to be back in goal in Sweden's next game on Tuesday.
Sep 18 - 6:22 PM

Jacob Markstrom will get the start in Sunday's game against Team Russia.

This decision is a little surprising, as many expected Henrik Lundqvist to be the starting goaltender. Lundqvist isn't dressed for today's game because he's dealing with an illness. Jhonas Enroth will serve as Team Sweden's backup.
Sep 18 - 2:37 PM


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