Player News - Canucks

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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

Frank Corrado was minus-three as the Vancouver Canuck rookies lost a 4-3 overtime decision to their Edmonton counterparts.

Curtis Valk scored twice in the losing effort while Dane Fox had the other. Corrado is looking to make the Canucks lineup out of training camp but he may be better served with a little more prep time in the minors. He scored once in 15 NHL games last season and should not be drafted at this time.
Sep 13 - 10:05 AM

Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen updated the status of his recovery from shoulder surgery on Thursday, saying that he is really happy with his progress so far.

"I had that fear when I got surgery that it was going to feel different," Virtanen told Metro. "I don’t want to force anything but (the shoulder) feels great." The youngster will likely play for the Calgary Hitmen this season and projects to be a gritty, goal-scoring top-six forward in the future. Virtanen should be cleared for contact in the coming days and is targeting a return to action in the middle of October.
Sep 11 - 8:25 PM

Jared McCann won't be taking part in the rookie tournament for Vancouver in Penticton because of mononucleosis.

The Canucks selected McCann with the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He inked an entry-level contract with Vancouver in late July and he's expected to play for his junior team in Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) this campaign.
Sep 11 - 5:28 PM

New Vancouver bench boss Willie Desjardins has already made clear that he doesn't intend to use Daniel and Henrik Sedin to kill penalties.

Former coach John Tortorella's philosophy was to use his best players in all situations, but Desjardins intends to manage the ice time of his stars more carefully. "We have to share the workload," said Desjardins. "I don't think we're going to make the playoffs with one line being shut down. They're good at all aspects of the game. They're good at killing penalties and they're good five-on-five. They can play the power play. I think you're lucky to have players like that. For us, we want to make sure that they're able to go (and) at the end of the game, they're still fresh and they're playing hard. So that may mean managing their minutes a little bit. We want to play with four lines." This development should be viewed as a positive for Sedin owners in all leagues except those that reward shorthanded goals.
Sep 9 - 9:11 PM

Nicklas Jensen will likely move down the depth charts in Vancouver after playing some on the top line at the tail end of the 2013-14 season.

Jensen will likely lose his spot on the wing to Radim Vrbata, who the Canucks signed in the offseason from Phoenix but he could line up on the second unit with Nick Bonino and Alex Burrows. The talented offensive player had three goals in four games near the end of last season playing with Burrows and Henrik Sedin so he has some offensive upside if he is a top-six forward. Stay tuned.
Sep 7 - 8:49 AM

Rookie Hunter Shinkaruk is showing a lot of quickness in informal workouts thus far.

This is great news for the Canucks as Shinkaruk missed most of last season with hip issues and subsequent major surgery. GM Jim Benning says that everyone must earn their spot on the roster so the thinking was that Shinkaruk would start the season in the AHL but if he continues to impress into training camp, then he has a reasonable chance of breaking with the team. Shinkaruk was drafted in the first round, 24th overall in 2013. He has great puck skills but could use some time in the minors, especially after missing most of last season.
Sep 7 - 8:45 AM

Rookie Bo Horvat will be in tough to make the roster of the Vancouver Canucks coming out of training camp.

Horvat was selected ninth overall in the 2013 Draft and while he has the talent to play in the NHL, the Canucks one strong position is center, which is where he plays. While Horvat could start on the wing, it makes a lot more sense to allow him to continue to play a lot in junior hockey and hone his skills. Horvat had 30 goals and 74 points in 54 games with the London Knights of the OHL and should he return to junior this season, he has an outstanding chance of leading Team Canada in the World U20 Championships which will be played in Toronto and Montreal this season.
Sep 7 - 8:23 AM

Jacob Markstrom may not be a Canuck for the 2014-15 season.

Markstrom was main piece in the trade that sent Roberto Luongo to Florida at the trade deadline but former coach John Tortorella refused to use him, wearing out Eddie Lack down the stretch. The Canucks brought in Ryan Miller and signed him to a big contract and with Lack the likely backup, do not be surprised if the Canucks lose him on waivers at the end of training camp. Once thought to be the best goaltending prospect not in the NHL, Markstrom has disappointed but at age 24 is still young enough to carve out a nice career for himself. Unfortunately, it does not seem like it will be in Vancouver.
Sep 7 - 8:19 AM

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