Player News - Canucks

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Zack Kassian has been on the second line in training camp thus far.

Kassian has been playing with Nick Bonino and Alex Burrows and if he sticks there, his fantasy value will go up big time. Kassian had 29 points and 124 penalty minutes last season and could be in line for 35-40 points and 150-plus penalty minutes if he can stay as a second liner.
Sep 21 - 10:15 AM

First round pick Jake Virtanen will no be allowed any contact until the middle of October because of off-season shoulder surgery.

The surgery took place in May and while Virtanen is skating and shooting with the big club in training camp, he is a bit frustrated because he can't give or take a hit. "It’s pretty frustrating watching the guys do battle drills because I want to be in there," Virtanen, 6-1 and 214 pounds, said. "I'm a young kid, but I'm not the smallest guy out there and I think I could be doing well in those battle drills. There are certain times. . . you think you could make a big hit. You have that feeling like, I wish that was me so I could make an impression. Personally, I've come far since my shoulder (surgery). It's great right now. It's strong. I'm really looking forward to just getting back into the groove of things and getting back into the physical part of the game." He is worth taking in dynasty pools but not in one-year drafts as he is most likely returning to junior hockey.
Sep 21 - 10:11 AM

The Vancouver Canucks are a more relaxed team this season under new head coach Willie Desjardins.

Wow! That's a shock after the gut wrenching the team endured last season with John Tortorella. Christopher Higgins said that it was nice to be respected while blueliner Chris Tanev was happy that he was not nervous this season. The Canucks should be better this season as they will be a more relaxed team.
Sep 21 - 10:04 AM

Bo Horvat looks like he is going to get a real chance to break with the Vancouver Canucks out of training camp as he was on a line with veterans Shawn Matthais and Derek Dorsett.

This has to be good news for the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft and he already said that he would be more than happy to be a shutdown center if he had to, and not a top-two scoring center. "It's awesome," Horvat said of his linemates. "Matthias and Dorsett are really good hockey players and it's an honor to be put between them. I thought we had a good practice out there today. We just have to keep going if I want to stay on that line." Horvat is worth looking at in dynasty leagues as he has a lot of offensive potential but we cannot recommend him this season.
Sep 20 - 12:33 PM

Linden Vey is looking to crack the Vancouver lineup and got himself into great shape this off-season while losing 15 pounds.

Vey came into camp at a lean 189 pounds after talking to new coach Willie Desjardins who was his coach in the WHL at Medicine Hat. "Willie made a quick phone call right off the bat and he kind of just basically said you have to really work hard this summer and commit to an honest effort and getting your fitness level to the best it can be," Vey said. "I did a lot of work this summer and it has obviously worked out with that speed aspect." Vey looked good at times in the Kings system but will get a real chance this season and could crack the top two lines. Keep an eye on him.
Sep 20 - 12:28 PM

The biggest problem that Alexander Edler had last season was that he was forced to move from the left side to the right.

Edler really suffered last season moving to the right side of the blueline and it showed up in his lack of points and an NHL worst minus-39 rating. The Canucks still have four left-handed shots among their top-six defensemen so Edler is certainly hoping that it's not him that has to move over. Look for Edler to get 35-40 points in 2014-15 if he gets to return to the left side.
Sep 20 - 12:20 PM

The Vancouver Canucks are comfortable entering the season with three goaltenders.

That's important for Jacob Markstrom because he's the underdog in the battle for the backup job with Eddie Lack. We recommend avoiding Markstrom and Lack in standard fantasy leagues because it's not clear how much playing time either of them would get in a three-goalie situation.
Sep 19 - 6:45 PM

Nick Bonino is looking forward to the opportunity to serve as Vancouver's second-line center.

"You want to play as many minutes as you can," Bonino said. "I think that’s the goal in this league and the second-line center is going to play good minutes and be in a lot of good situations. Obviously that is something everyone wants. At the same time, last year in Anaheim I was a fourth-line center and did a bit of everything. So no matter how the lineup shakes out, I will do whatever I can to help the team." The Ducks acquired Bonino in the Ryan Kesler trade. Bonino broke out last season with 22 goals and 49 points in 77 games.
Sep 18 - 10:40 AM

Radim Vrbata is very excited to play with the Sedins in his first season in Vancouver.

"I was looking for a good fit to play with the right players, and when my agent told me Vancouver was interested, right away you start thinking about the Sedins," said Vrbata. "This seemed like the best option." Just a few years removed from a 35 goal season with the Coyotes, the shifty winger could be seen as sneaky good fantasy option this season as the Canucks' brass have been very open with their top line plans for him. This of course is bad news for Alex Burrows who has been occupying that spot for quite some time. Vrbata’s 263 shots ranked 11th in the NHL last season.
Sep 16 - 11:14 PM

Jake Virtanen (shoulder) hasn't been able to participate in the rookie tournament.

"I really want to get back as quick as possible, but I don't want to rush anything with the shoulder," Virtanen said. "Watching these guys in the games when I'm just sitting in the crowd, it's definitely tough. But I think it's also good for me as a learning lesson. I'm taking positives from sitting in the stands, too — just taking advice and tips from the guys who are playing and watching how the game flows and how it goes and how it intense it is." Virtanen had 45 goals, 71 points, and 100 penalty minutes in 71 WHL games in 2013-14. He was taken with the sixth overall pick of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 16 - 10:55 AM

Bo Horvat is perfectly willing to serve as a shutdown center if it gets him into the NHL.

"As a hockey player, you always want to get points, you always want to contribute that way but … if I just play my game, the points are going to come," Horvat said. He does have the potential to be effective offensively in the NHL, but if he did make the Canucks in 2014-15, there's a fair chance that he would start on Vancouver's third or fourth line. The question Vancouver needs to ask itself is if Horvat is better served getting limited playing time in the NHL or if he should head back to the OHL where he'll be a leader, but won't get experience playing against men. He's not eligible to start the season in the AHL.
Source: Metro News
Sep 15 - 6:06 AM

Bo Horvat received an average grade from coach Travis Green following the prospects game on Friday.

Horvat was drafted ninth overall in 2013 and managed 30 goals and 74 points in 54 games last season with London of the OHL. "I thought Bo was okay," Green said. "Average. It was a tough night for forwards. We didn't get the puck a lot. I thought we spent a lot of time in our zone so guys like Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk and Nick Jensen, you know the offensive-minded guys, I'm guessing they felt they were spinning their wheels a little bit and doing a lot of grunt work in their own zone." Horvat is in tough to make the Canucks this season but the opportunity to play for Team Canada at the World U20 Championships in Toronto and Montreal if he doesn't make the NHL, should help.
Sep 14 - 10:25 AM

No goalie made more saves since 2009-10 than now-Vancouver Canucks netminder Ryan Miller, who made 8,278 the past five seasons (.919 save percentage).

The only netminder with more than 8,000 in that time frame is Henrik Lundqvist, who made 8,153 (.924 save percentage) in that time. Only seven goalies went over 7,000 saves.
Sep 13 - 5:01 PM

Dane Fox scored once on Friday as the Canucks lost a 4-3 overtime decision to Edmonton in a prospects game.

Fox was signed by the Canucks in December after going undrafted in three previous drafts. Fox was outstanding last season, scoring 64 goals in 67 games for the Erie Otters. He has a quick release and that bodes well for the future. He will start the season in the minors.
Sep 13 - 10:14 AM

Hunter Shinkaruk looked great in the Vancouver-Edmonton rookies game on Friday.

Shinkaruk missed most of last season after undergoing major hip surgery in late December. He was originally injured in October but tried to play through it before deciding surgery was the best plan. Shinkaruk has put on 15 pounds of muscle but he has not lost a step as the speedy winger shone on Friday. He assisted on one goal and is looking like he has a chance to crack the Canucks lineup once the regular season begins. He has great puck skills and is worth selecting in deep dynasty pools.
Sep 13 - 10:10 AM

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