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Ben Hutton has hired a new offseason trainer, changed his fitness regiment, and plans to work with an NHL skating coach in the hopes of bouncing back in 2018-19.

Hutton had no goals and six assists in 61 games in 2017-18 and spent a fair amount of time as a healthy scratch. It's all a big step down from 2015-16 when he recorded 25 points as a rookie. The 25-year-old still has the potential to bounce back though. "I had a conference call with all hands on deck — including Green — and they wanted more from him (Hutton) this season, and they do see a significant upside," Hutton’s representative Andy Scott said. "He’s going to answer the bell. He has the fire in his eyes to have a big summer and prove some people wrong."
Apr 20 - 5:28 AM

Jonathan Dahlen scored once and assisted on another for Utica Sunday.

It was the last game of the regular season and Dahlen's second AHL game as he came across the pond from Sweden last week for his first taste of North American hockey. He will get a chance to perform in the postseason as the Utica Comets take on the Toronto Marlies in a best-of-five opening round series. The Canucks are high on Dahlen who was acquired at the 2017 trade deadline in exchange for Alex Burrows.
Apr 16 - 8:26 AM

Brock Boeser had a platelet-rich plasma injection into his injured wrist on Thursday.

If you thought that Boeser was a goal-scorer last season, wait until next as he had been playing with an injured wrist and had surgery on it last off-season. He will require four weeks to rest and heal the wrist and then he should be good to go. "There were times when I’d shoot it, or even just catch a pass, and I’d feel it," Boeser said. "And there were times when I’d shoot it and I don’t think I was getting all my velocity on it. It made me more hesitant to take a one-timer. There were times even in practice when it felt better and other times it felt worse. We were just trying to calm it down. Right around the time of the back injury is when it started feeling better." Look for a 40-plus goal campaign for Boeser in his sophomore season if he can remain healthy.
Apr 15 - 9:56 AM

Jonathan Dahlen has moved from Timra IK in Sweden to the AHL's Utica Comets.

This will be Dahlen's first taste of North American pro hockey. He had 23 goals and 44 points in 44 games with Timra IK in 2017-18.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 12 - 5:53 PM

Brock Boeser was initially worried that his back injury might prove to be career-ending, but fortunately that's not the case.

"Right after, when I was going to the hospital, that's the thoughts you have because I was in so much pain," Boeser said. "It was definitely scary. [But] the first thing I did when I was laying there on the ice was move my toes and legs. Then I could relax a little bit. I knew something was wrong; I just didn't know what it was. It was still pretty scary." Boeser suffered a broken bone in his back and also injured his wrist, but his total recover time from the start of the injury was anticipated to be six weeks. He's on schedule, so it sounds like this injury shouldn't have an impact on his summer training.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 12 - 12:56 PM

Brock Boeser (back/wrist) has not resumed workouts yet.

Boeser is going to have an injection in his wrist to help alleviate some pain, but he is not expected to require further surgery. It's the same wrist he had a procedure on while he was at the University of North Dakota. Boeser is still recovering from the back injury that ended his first NHL season as well.
Apr 11 - 5:24 PM

Ashton Sautner will report to Utica of the AHL now that Vancouver's season is over.

Sautner suited up in five games with the Canucks this year and he picked up an assist in each of his last two appearances. He also has 12 points in 59 matches with the Comets this season.
Apr 9 - 6:09 PM

Nikolay Goldobin has been sent to the AHL's Utica Comets.

Goldobin earned career-highs in points (14), goals (8) and assists (6) over 38 appearances with the Canucks this campaign. He also has 21 assists and 30 points in 28 AHL games with the Comets this year.
Apr 9 - 6:04 PM

Tyler Motte has been assigned to Utica of the AHL.

Motte had two goals in 15 games with Vancouver this season. He also played 31 matches with Columbus in 2017-18, where he registered five points.
Apr 9 - 6:01 PM

Bo Horvat might become the Vancouver Canucks' next captain.

Henrik Sedin has held that role since 2010, but his retirement has left the 'C' vacant. Over his four seasons with the Canucks, Horvat has become a significant player with Vancouver, to the point where he averaged 19:21 minutes per game this season. He finished 2017-18 with 22 goals and 44 points in 64 contests, which was good for fourth place in the team's scoring race - second if you exclude the now retired Sedin twins. Horvat is on the young side at the age of 23, but that might make sense for the rebuilding squad.
Apr 9 - 5:44 AM

Don't be surprised if the Vancouver Canucks trade Ben Hutton in the off-season.

Hutton was thought to be the Canucks offensive defenseman this season but he was scratched numerous times and ended the season with only six assists in 61 games. He likely needs a fresh start as he looked so promising in 2015-16 when he had 25 points but has regressed the last two campaigns.
Apr 8 - 9:37 AM

Anders Nilsson made 31 saves on 33 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

Nilsson's 31-save performance was enough to end his six-game losing streak. The Swede hadn't won a game since February before Saturday night. His season ends with a 7-14-4 record with a 3.44 GAA and a .901 save percentage.
Apr 8 - 2:04 AM

Jussi Jokinen scored a goal in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

Jokinen ends his season with low totals, but with a decent haul of points in his last few games. The Finn picked up eight points in his last seven games of the season. Jokinen ends the 2017-18 season with five goals and 17 points in 60 games this season.
Apr 8 - 1:57 AM

Brendan Gaunce will not suit up tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.

Gaunce will be making way for Tyler Motte. Gaunce is a former first round pick that is shaping into a bust. He has four goals and six points in 37 games this season.
Apr 7 - 4:59 PM

Tyler Motte will draw into the lineup tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.

It'll be his first game back after being scratched in back-to-back games. He will be replacing Brendan Gaunce in the lineup.
Apr 7 - 4:56 PM


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