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Sam Gagner has not been a factor playing on a line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

It was thought that the trio would make up the top line when Gagner signed in July with Vancouver but the chemistry does not seem to be there. The Canucks could still try someone else with the Swedish twins and with opening night less than two weeks away, a decision should be made soon. Gagner had 18 goals and 50 points with Columbus last season but a return to those numbers with an offensively-challenged Vancouver team, may be in doubt.
Sep 24 - 7:59 AM

The Vancouver Canucks have announced that they have assigned 10 players to Utica of the AHL.

Jordan Subban, Michael Carcone, Yan-Pavel Laplante, Evan McEneny, Zack MacEwen, Griffen Molino and Ashton Sautner were assigned to the Comets. While Alexis D'Aoust, Aaron Irving and Brett McKenzie will attend Utica's camp on a tryout. Subban, the youngest brother of Nashville Predators defensemen P.K. Subban is the most notable of the list. Jordan is an undersized offensive defensemen that could one day crack the Canucks roster.
Sep 23 - 4:41 PM

Sven Baertschi scored his third goal of the pre-season in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Baertschi is coming off a career high 18 goals last season. He has been impressive during the pre-season so far. His continued strong play will make him a strong candidate to start the season in a top-six role and eclipse the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career. He could be a sleeper candidate this season.
Sep 23 - 2:08 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have announced that Bo Horvat will be out for the next week due to an upper-body injury.

The injury occurred on a hit from Drew Doughty during the first of two games against the Kings in China. Good news for Canucks fans is that he is expected to be ready in time for the regular season. Horvat is an excellent candidate to take another step forward this season.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 23 - 1:51 PM

The Vancouver Canucks still haven't figured out which forward will play with Henrik and Daniel Sedin this year.

Free-agent forward Sam Gagner was given an opportunity to play on that line for two games during the preseason, but it just hasn't worked out. That doesn't mean that it can't eventually work out though. One player to keep an eye on is rookie Brock Boeser, who is one of the top prospects in the organization. If they give Boeser a shot, he could have some solid fantasy value this season.
Sep 23 - 11:52 AM

Thomas Vanek was one of Vancouver's better forwards during their 4-3 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

This was the second contest of the NHL China Games. Today's game was played in Beijing. Vanek played on a line with Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund. The trio helped the Canucks get on the board (Baertschi scored) and they added five shots on goal. Vanek is a low-risk signing for the Canucks, and it looks like he might be able to give them some of the offense they've been lacking.
Sep 23 - 11:50 AM

Michael Carcone scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Carcone was signed as an undrafted free-agent out of the Quebec League last summer. The 21-year-old had five goals and 18 points in 61 games during his first professional season with the AHL's Utica Comets. He's a camp body at this time. He won't make the Canucks roster out of training camp.
Sep 22 - 11:49 PM

Jakob Stukel has been sent to the WHL's Calgary Hitmen.

Stukel had been attending the Canucks' training camp. He scored 23 goals and 53 points in 70 WHL contests in 2016-17.
Sep 21 - 4:37 PM

Jake Virtanen picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames.

The 21-year-old was the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft, but his career has been a little disappointing so far. Virtanen has suited up in 65 games over his first two years, and he's only managed to score seven goals and seven assists during that time. He's still young, but it would be nice to see him take a huge step forward this year.
Sep 20 - 11:59 PM

Loui Eriksson hopes to bounce back this season after he posted just 24 points in 65 games last year.

However, it may be difficult for him to secure a spot on a scoring line. Vancouver signed Sam Gagner and Thomas Vanek in the summer and Brock Boeser appears to be poised to claim a top-six forward spot. That could place Eriksson on the third line going into 2017-18.
Sep 20 - 4:43 PM

Nikolay Goldobin isn't interested in returning to Russia to play in the KHL.

Goldobin says he's ready to make the jump to the NHL, but he's committed to staying in North America even if he has to go down to the minors again. "I’m not thinking about leaving," Goldobin said. "Of course I would be disappointed if I don’t make the team, but I don’t want to go back to Russia. I want to play the best league in the world. This is my dream. I’m not going to just give up on it like that." His offensive talent is undeniable, but he may go to the AHL to continue working on his overall game.
Sep 18 - 8:38 AM

Richard Bachman had a poor pre-season debut on Sunday, allowing five goals on 18 shots in a 9-4 loss to Vegas.

Bachman is 20-17-2 in his NHL career so far with a 2.90 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. Thatcher Demko didn't fare much better when he took the net, allowing four goals to the Golden Knights in their inaugural game.
Sep 17 - 7:57 PM

According to the Miami Herald, Gudbranson was nearly dealt back to the Florida Panthers on Sunday but Jason Demers nixed the trade.

Demers, who has a modified no-trade clause, was eventually dealt to Arizona later in the day. Gudbranson played for the Panthers for five seasons before moving to Vancouver last season. He has little to no fantasy value.
Sep 17 - 7:33 PM

Brock Boeser started off his pre-season campaign with both a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Boeser won it in overtime with a rocket of a shot with just 21 seconds remaining in the extra frame. The former first round pick picked up four goals and five points in his short nine game stint last season in the NHL. His roster spot isn't guaranteed but if he finds himself on a scoring line when the season rolls around, he has shown an ability to score. Markus Granlund, Jake Virtanen and Sven Baertschi also scored for Vancouver in the win.
Sep 16 - 7:54 PM

Anton Rodin can reportedly go back to Sweden if he doesn't land a spot with the Canucks out of training camp.

Rodin only dressed in three games with Vancouver last year and he contributed one assist. He dealt with issues related to his surgically-repaired knee and never was able to establish himself at the NHL level.
Sep 14 - 6:31 PM

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