Player News - Canucks

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Canucks director of player development Ryan Johnson wants to see Nikolay Goldobin become more explosive on his skates.

"He needs to get more explosive, he needs to have neutral zone separation speed to use the gifts that he has," Johnson told Sportsnet's Rick Dhaliwal. There's no denying that Goldobin is a gifted offensive player, but he hasn't put it all together yet at the NHL level. The 22-year-old had eight goals and 14 points in 38 games with the Canucks last season. Assuming he has a great training camp, he should be able to get himself onto the Canucks' rebuilding roster. As gifted as he is, he isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues for now.
Aug 16 - 10:36 AM

The Vancouver Canucks and Brock Boeser had preliminary contract talks last month.

"We haven’t got down to talking term," Canucks GM Jim Benning said. "We plan to circle back and I’m not sure where it’s going to go, but we want to see if we can get somewhere. There’s no time frame on it. Brock is going to see the best matchup line and best defensive pair, but I don’t expect a drop-off. He has pushed himself hard to pick up where he left off and there are other contracts coming up in the league in the next six months that could drive up the price — I understand that part of it. But it has to make sense for everybody." Whenever it happens, Boeser is going to get himself paid. The 21-year-old had 29 goals and 55 points in 62 games last season. He'll be a big part of Vancouver's future.
Aug 15 - 12:14 PM

Brock Boeser is fully healthy again after a back injury ended his season on March 5.

Boeser has been competing in Da Beauty League, which is a 4-on-4 summer league in Minnesota. "It was a long four months, so it feels really good to get back out there," said Boeser. "I feel like I'm playing my game again. It's been a good summer since they cleared me." He has piled up 10 goals and 22 points in five games, while showing no ill-effects. Boeser is eager to take on a leadership role with the Canucks in 2018-19 and improve on his impressive rookie campaign.
Aug 9 - 2:26 PM

Quinn Hughes amassed a team-high six points in five games for the U.S. at the World Junior Summer Showcase.

Hughes generated one goal and five assists during that span. "He likes to play the game and he plays it at a pace," Team USA coach Mike Hastings said. "His ability to move laterally makes him really difficult to defend. I was happy with the way he played throughout the camp." Hughes, who has committed to playing for the University of Michigan this year, was picked seventh overall in the 2018 NHL Draft by Vancouver.
Aug 6 - 9:47 AM

Olli Juolevi will get a chance to crack Vancouver's lineup out of training camp.

Fellow defense prospect Quinn Hughes has decided to play college hockey in 2018-19, so Juolevi should be back in the conversation for a roster spot. The 20-year-old could also start the year in the minors with Utica.
Aug 5 - 11:46 AM

Vancouver's young talent has Sam Gagner looking forward to the 2018-19 season.

"I think it's important to have young guys grow into those roles and push veteran players to be better," Gagner said. "It's obviously a different animal when you get to the NHL level, but we saw what (Brock) Boeser was able to do this year and we got a little taste of (Adam) Gaudette at the end of the year and we've got some more guys coming up like (Elias) Pettersson. The list really goes on. It's an exciting time to be a Canuck and I think for us as veteran guys, we come in ready to go and we're ready to lead the way." He also feels that Bo Horvat will be an important player for the Canucks this campaign. Gagner had 10 goals and 31 points in 74 games during the 2017-18 season. He may start the regular season on the team's third line, but could have some value if he plays alongside Horvat or Pettersson.
Aug 3 - 5:09 PM

Michael DiPietro wants to be Canada's number one goalie for the 2019 World Junior Championship.

DiPietro was cut last year and it has served as motivation. "After the day I got cut I put reminders on my phone for every day that I got cut to keep me going," he said. "It was something that you never want to feel that feeling ever again. It's up to me to make sure I don't." The Vancouver Canucks prospect won the OHL Goaltender of the Year Award in 2017-18. DiPietro is currently participating in the World Junior Summer Showcase to improve his stock for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament.
Jul 31 - 4:14 PM

Elias Pettersson didn't get much time at center last season, but he should spend the majority of his rookie campaign with Vancouver in the middle.

Pettersson only played seven games at center last year, but that's the position he wants and Vancouver is likely to give him that opportunity, especially since their options are limited. Some projected lineups had him alongside Brandon Sutter, but placing between wingers like Sven Baertschi or Loui Eriksson would probably be more ideal.
Jul 29 - 7:04 PM

Quinn Hughes has decided to play for the University of Michigan this coming season.

"My heart's obviously still at Michigan," Hughes told MGoBlue.com. "I was heartbroken when we lost to Notre Dame in the Frozen Four last year. I've never really been on a team that cares so much about each other, and I think that's a big reason why I'm coming back, because I love my teammates." He wants to be the best player in college hockey and he wants to win the national championship. Hughes was the youngest player in NCAA hockey last season. He was chosen seventh overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Vancouver supports his decision to return to the University of Michigan to continue his development.
Jul 28 - 10:31 AM

Adam Gaudette will compete for a roster spot with Vancouver at training camp.

The Canucks made Gaudette's job harder to crack the roster by adding free agents Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel and Tim Schaller, but he believes he is up to the challenge. "I've always been kind of a guy who's been looked down on, that won't really get anywhere, but I embraced that, took that in and turned it around and used it as motivation," Gaudette said. "I think that, no matter what, people are going to doubt [me] at every level. I've already heard it about the NHL and nothing would make me more satisfied than to just go in and prove them wrong." He didn't have a point in five appearances with Vancouver at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Jul 28 - 9:28 AM

Vancouver still believes that Loui Eriksson could be a 20-goal scorer in the right situation.

Eriksson, who spent time on the third line last season, may get a chance to play with top prospect Elias Pettersson this campaign. He missed the last 20 games of the 2017-18 season because of fractured ribs. Getting him back on track could be difficult even if he plays on one of the Canucks' top-two lines. He only has 47 points over 115 games in his first two years with Vancouver.
Jul 26 - 3:15 PM

Trevor Linden has decided to step down as President of Hockey Operations for the Vancouver Canucks.

"I would like to thank Trevor for the opportunity he gave me and my family," said Canucks GM Jim Benning. "I have thoroughly enjoyed working and learning from Trevor over the past four years. We still have lots of work to do, but I am proud of what we have built together so far in Vancouver." Linden has served as the team's president of hockey operations for the last four years, but he has decided to pursue other endeavors.
Jul 25 - 7:59 PM

Jett Woo will participate in Hockey Canada's upcoming World Junior Showcase tournament.

"The biggest thing right now personally is I want to round [out] my game," Woo said. "Ever since I was a little kid I have been able to play the defensive side of the puck and that was one thing I took pride in, so to shape up my game and figure out everything else, along with getting bigger, faster, stronger, and the tools you need to make the NHL is something I need to work on." He became the second-highest of Chinese descent to be selected when Vancouver took him in the second round (37th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft.
Jul 25 - 2:14 PM

Jake Virtanen has signed a two-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Virtanen's new deal carries an average annual value of $1.25 million. "We're pleased to sign Jake to an extension," said Canucks GM Jim Benning. "He adds physical presence and speed to our line-up and can help create offensive chances when going hard to the net. We look forward to seeing Jake take the next step in his game and consistently contribute to the team's success." He posted 10 goals, 10 assists and 155 hits in 75 games last season.
Jul 25 - 12:47 PM

Contract talks between Vancouver and Jake Virtanen are reportedly going well.

Sportsnet's Irfaan Gaffar said to expect Virtanen to sign at some point this week, possibly as early as Wednesday. He completed his entry-level contract in 2017-18 with 10 goals and 10 assists in 75 games.
Jul 24 - 7:19 PM


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