Canucks Round Table (Vol.6)

Welcome to the latest edition of the official Nucksaid: Canucks Round Table! As you know, if you’ve followed my blog for awhile, one of my absolute favourite things is to connect with fellow hockey fans and to share our stories together. This series brings Canucks fans together from near and far to discuss all things Canucks through the year. There’s a lot to be said about them as a team, personally, I love to also hear other fans perspectives, it helps me to see the team and the game in new ways. Hopefully you enjoy the ride with all of us! 

Shall we begin? Without further ado, I present to you the 6th edition of the Canucks Round Table feature on Nucksaid.

Here we GO! [Thank-you to all the participants, and make sure to give them all a follow on twitter, their handles are included in the responses below]

1) As part of our new normal, the arenas in the hub cities and for the foreseeable future will not have fans in the stands, do you think this will either give the return to play teams an advantage or a disadvantage? 

Jacob New(@jkmnew): I feel that the lack of fans in the arena will most likely post a minor disadvantage to all teams considering that they have usually played in front of thousands of fans during their regular season games. The atmosphere, at least in person may be more akin to a practice with the lack of people inside the arena, but the NHL will most likely try to influence the presentation inside to replicate a game as much as possible(music during game breaks, pumped crowd noise, highlights and fan footage on the jumbotron). This replication will not be perfect but I do believe that after the first couple of games with no live audience, the players will grow used to this new normal and their performances will not suffer in significant ways.

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): I truly don’t think that the lack of fans will have much impact on the game, and it won’t really give any team an advantage per se. I think the players are already very excited to get back to playing hockey, and their energy and enthusiasm won’t be affected by the lack of fans. If anything, the designated “home team” might miss a bit of a “boost” that comes from the home crowd, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s an advantage or disadvantage. The players know that they have a unique opportunity to win the Stanley Cup this year, and that will be their focus.

Brieann Knorr(@ItsBrieann): To be honest, I’m not sure! Fans do play a huge part in the flow and atmosphere of the game! I hope the NHL can incorporate the fans somehow.

(@Grampahockey1): I don’t believe this will be an advantage to either team, you may saw the home rink has a slight advantage because they know the idiosyncrasies of their own rink but I think that will be minimal and diminish over time.

(@tams3333): I think it will be an advantage. I think the guys are so tuned into the game and pretty much all teams being away will make for some amazing well balanced games.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): I don’t think the hub cities without fans in the stands will give any team the advantage. There won’t be any noise to cheer on any teams so nothing will be a distraction or advantage for any teams.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): Having no fans is certainly going to be different. The players at this level are so used to having fans, scouts, management and media around at practices and games. However as all the teams experience that the same change and the practices during this two week period are focused on preparing, including no fans. I don’t think it will make a difference but I am intrigued by the different tales I’ve heard about the potential fan impact.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): I suspect that everyone is in a similar state or confusion and trying to make sense of the new normal. My gut says that there not be any advantage or disadvantage to any team based on the fans of lack of fans in the seats.

Deepak(@Deepak_Hockey): I think its both. I think having the fans there, gives teams energy and can be a big advantage to a home team in terms of creating intimidating atmosphere to play. At the same time, playing in front of no fans means less pressure. Watching the playoffs over the years, I’ve seen teams that really feed off of the crowd but also teams that seem to really struggle to put together a solid game in front of home fans, especially in Canada when you’re down a goal or 2, the crowd’s nervous energy seems to translate on the ice too.

Me(@nucksaid): I don’t necessarily think it’ll be an advantage or disadvantage as all the teams will be in the exact same situation. I think it’s unique in this most unusual of circumstances but the teams will adapt to the new normal and put their focus on the why they’re there, the Stanley Cup. I’m curious to see how it’s going to be from a fan perspective with all content that has been provided by the teams and various fans around the league.

2)The Minnesota Wild present a good challenge for a young Canucks team, what strengths do you think that both sides have?

Jacob New(@jkmnew): I think Minnesota is a good match up for the Canucks because of their up-and-coming young players– they remind me of the Canucks pre-Sedin retirement as they have their two anchor veterans, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. They are not as good as the Sedins but they do possess extensive veteran experience that could help the Wild in the series. Of the two teams, Minnesota has more experience in the playoffs and even though they have not won many series in the last couple years, the experience can be crucial in a playoff environment. Then again, this is not your regular playoffs. As for Vancouver’s strengths, I do feel that Vancouver’s offence is ready for prime time and has the edge over Minnesota. Players like Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser have put up great regular seasons and have performed well under pressure of fans and the media. This is not to say that Minnesota does not have great young players themselves (names such as Kevin Fiala and Ryan Donato come to mind), but Vancouver’s young guns have both the stats and hardware to prove their talent(Boeser’s All-Star MVP award and Pettersson’s Calder Trophy).

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): On paper, it’s a coin flip as the two teams finished one point apart in the standings. It sounds simplistic but it really boils down to the Canucks having a more dynamic offence, the Wild having a more solid blue line, and the Canucks having a decided advantage between the pipes. Both teams have a nice mix of young players and veterans, and they both skate well and play with tenacity. I think Markstrom will be the difference in this series.

Brieann Knorr(@ItsBrieann): Minnesota will be a tough test! I think the Canucks need to be careful. Minnesota is a team that hangs around and can close out games very well. The Canucks have high scoring offence and a goalie, who when he’s on, is one of the best in the league. I think its going to be be a fantastic series.

(@Grampahockey1): I think the Canucks will have an advantage because of their youth and goal-tending. They are healthy and when they were healthy last time, they could compete with anyone. However, having said that, they will have to fight for every inch of ice as the Wild will not roll over.

(@tams3333): The Wild are so stuck in their systems but I think if Travis gives the boys some freedom they will break through. Creative unpredictable play, I think will be the Canucks advantage and systems, I think will be the advantage for the Wild.

Artisia Wong(artisia_wong): The Canucks have a young and fun team that will hopefully do something in the playoffs. Score more goals and lots of assists. I don’t really know anything about the wild but I believe they are team as well. This will be a challenge for the Canucks but hope we come out on top.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): The strengths of each side has been much talked about. Minnesota defence, Vancouver’s goal-tending and young scorers. To me, the biggest difference will come with the intangible ability to handle failure. How well will the different players recover from mistakes to come back and make the play next time instead of changing their game. The fear of quicksand. I think Green has done a great job with the young forwards to support their creativity while developing their game.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): I feel like Minnesota has a few more veterans in their lineup that have extensive experience in the NHL playoffs that might prove to be an advantage for that team. However, I believe that the Canucks have a healthy balance of youth in the pressure to prove something that may be enough to see them go on a long run.

Deepak(@Deepak_Hockey): I think for the Canucks, is their youth, the overall skill and speed that they have is much better than the Wild. Having Markstrom in net is also an advantage. The Canucks have their goal-tending is better than the Wild. My concerns with the Canucks is their defence, they really struggle defending, giving up tons of chances. If the Canucks can play their agressive style and speed game, play decent defence, then the series tilts in their favour. They have a more skilled top 6 than the Wild.

For Minnesota, their advantage is the experience that they have. They have lots of veterans who have played in the playoffs and have had little success. Being an older team, a lot of guys on the Wild might not get many more chances which makes them very motivated and dangerous. When I look at the Wild, their strength is their blue line, especially their top 4 which is good as any in the league. If the Wild can contain the Canucks speed and protect the middle of the ice, it will take advantage of the Canucks suspect defence and the series will tilt in their favour.

Me(@nucksaid): I think these two teams a very evenly matched on paper, separated by a single point in the overall standings. They each have their own strengths. Minnesota brings in a veteran experience with their own crop of young players and difference makers, especially their blue line that won’t make it easy on the Canucks. Minnesota was beginning to really gel together right before the pause, it’ll be interesting to see how quickly they pick up that pace again. For they Canucks, they have a hungry group of young players itching to prove themselves and get a real taste of NHL playoff hockey experience. If Pettersson, Boeser and Hughes are allowed to find their game while Markstrom stands tall, look out Minnesota.

3)Which Canuck(s) will have the biggest impact on the series?

Jacob New(@jkmnew): I’ve got two Canucks down as the impact players going into this series.

First, Jacob Markstrom. Goaltending is everything to this year’s Canucks. The offence has shown it can be capable of lighting up the opponent but without the stellar goal-tending we have been blessed with this season, we would not have made the qualifying round. Markstrom’s career has finally led to this summer, where he will make his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut. This season has been his ultimate breakout year, showing this franchise he can be the #1 they have needed over the last few years.

Second, Brock Boeser. Besides playing against his hometown team in this series, Brock will be facing adversity, both physically and mentally. Physically, he has been fatigued with injuries almost his entire career so far but has put up incredible numbers in the face of them. Mentally, he was the subject of a trade rumour right as training camp started, leaving fans (and probably players) in a state of confusion and speculation. Jim Benning has completely denied the report, but I am sure that Brock will put in the extra mile during training and these playoffs to quell any sort of idea that he is going anywhere. He is a superstar sniper and those are not easy to come by in a league that is shooter-heavy.

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): Markstrom, Pettersson, Hughes, and Miller are the obvious names. But I’m looking at Brock Boeser to have a massive series. It’s almost funny to think of him as a forgotten man, but he only played one game for the Canucks since getting injured on February 10. He looked fast in training camp, and it looked like his shot was back. He’ll be very motivated to play against the team based in his home state. Another player I look to have a big impact is Michael Ferland. It looks like he’ll get a chance to start on the third line as he has much more playoff experience than Virtanen and MacEwen. I remember how he terrorized the Canucks (in particular their d-men) back in the 2015 playoffs when he was playing for the Flames. I was scared of him…and I wasn’t even playing. Back then, I thought to myself, “Why can’t we have a guy like this on our team?” Well, now we have a guy like this on our team. And it could be amazing.

Brieann Knorr(@ItsBrieann): I think it’s going to be a breakout series for the young core! I also want to see what Juolevi can do that he’s made the team.

(@Grampahockey1): It’s got to be JT Miller and Michael Ferland, however I think the bottom 6 will come to play.

(@tams3333): I think Hughes. Defensive quarterbacks are critical.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): I will have to say the goalie! Jacob Markstrom will be key to this series and potential playoff run. He will need to make some pretty big saves if the Canucks want to keep themselves in this.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): This series is the coming out party for Petey and Hughes. Their creative high pace games should still shine though in this play-in series. With the questions about experience being asked, Petey reacted to point out his SHL experience. He is challenged and steps up, every time.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): I believe JT Miller and Jacob Markstrom will continue to be two players that have an enormous impact regardless of who is playing against them. Pettersson, Horvat, Hughes and Boeser will likely all have opportunities to shine in one of more games but I believe the first two mentioned names will be the ones carrying the consistency in round one. I also suspect there will be somebody like a Toffoli or a Peason who has an amazing series as always seem to be the case in these sort of competitions.

Deepak(@Deepak_Hockey): I think Markstrom will be the biggest key and after that it be will guys like Hughes, Boeser, Pettersson, Horvat, Miller, Toffoli and Pearson if they can play to what they’re capable of, the Canucks will win the series. Also, if Jake Virtanen can get in the lineup and play like the power forward with his physical game, he can single handily change this series. In my opinion, his game is built for the playoffs but he can’t seem to stay out of trouble with coach and management.

Me(@nucksaid): Jacob Markstrom’s strength of play will definitely influence this series, if he finds that same gear that drove him all season, he will be a force for the Canucks against Minnesota and beyond. Quinn Hughes driving the blue line in that insanely astute way he does so naturally with a steady calm that is well beyond his years will inspire his teammates. Playing against his hometown team with his newly rediscovered shot and fully healthy for the first time is forever, Brock Boeser is going go be a very determined player looking to be the series spark.

4) Which Canuck do you think will open the scoring in their play-in series?

Jacob New(@jkmnew): I like to think creatively about these questions. Most people select bigger names but I’ll take Tanner Pearson as the opening scorer in this series, assisted by Toffoli and Horvat.

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): I’m going with Brock Boeser.

Brieann Knorr(@ItsBrieann): I’m going with Brock Boeser.

(@Grampahockey1): My favourite alien will pop the first goal in spectacular fashion as his play is out of this world. Go Petey Go!

(@tams3333): I’m going to say Bo.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): I am going to say Horvat will open the scoring.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): The first goal will be Boeser as he is working hard and with Bo and Tanner doing the board play, they will wear out the line and then give Boeser a shot.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): My bet is that it is somebody that we don’t suspect, like a Sutter.

Deepak(@Deepak_Hockey): I am going to go with Brock Boeser playing against his hometown team. I expect him to come out flying and produce, I feel like he scores the opening goal for the Canucks.

Me(@nucksaid): I’m calling Brock Boeser to open and close the scoring in this series. I have a feeling we’re going to see something special from the kid when the puck drops on Sunday.

5)How many games do you think the play-in round against Minnesota will be, will see a shorter series or one that goes the distance?

Jacob New(@jkmnew): I think it will be a closer series than Canucks fans would hope for. Minnesota and their talent won’t go down without a fight, even with the prospect of #1 overall in the NHL draft as a consolation prize. I see the series going to 4 or 5 games, with Vancouver winning.

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): The Canucks will win in 4. A sweep would be nice, but I think it may be unrealistic. If the Canucks can win the first game and Markstrom plays well, I don’t see the Wild coming back in a short series.

Brieann Knorr(@ItsBrieann): I think it’s going to be a longer series.

(@Grampahockey1): Canucks in 4.

(@tams3333): I think it will go the distance. I think every game will be close actually and goal-tending will be the difference.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): I hope we will see a shorter series! The longer the series, the more injuries will happen.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): I’ve heard different numbers thrown around but the most likely to me would be 4 games. The Canucks take two. Minny takes one and then the Canucks step up and finish the series.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): I’m banking on a 4-game series.

Deepak(@Deepak_Hockey): I think the Canucks take this in 4, although I would not be surprised if it goes to 5. The teams were even in the regular season only by 1 point difference. I can see a lot of tight 1-2 goal hockey games. I don’t expect this series to be lopsided. If this series ends in a sweep either way, I would be surprised.

Me(@nucksaid): I think the Wild will give the Canucks a fight for every inch but I still think the Canucks take the series in 4 games.

6) With the CBA now extended, are you excited about NHL players potentially returning to the Olympic games that may feature a few of the young Canucks?

Jacob New(@jkmnew): Absolutely. If there was anything that the Winter Olympics has missed out on over the last half decade, it is NHL players in the Men’s Ice Hockey competition. Looking forward to 2022, there are bound to be a couple of Canucks to make the cut for their respective countries. Jacob Markstrom would be in contention for Sweden’s starting goalie position and Elias Pettersson could be the country’s top centre-man. Brock Boeser’s shot would be a lethal weapon for the United States team and Quinn Hughes’ mobility and puck-moving skills will make him hard to pass on for Team USA as well. Though these players would not be playing for Team Canada, it is hard to cheer against them when they play just as hard for your own team. If I had to isolate a single player to be most excited to see in the Olympics, it would be Elias Pettersson. His performance at the World Juniors was impressive but he could shine even more knowing what he is capable of at the NHL level at this point in his career.

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): I absolutely love Olympic hockey. I love seeing best-on-best and I love seeing Canada compete. You’d think that Pettersson and Markstrom would be automatics for Sweden, while the States could have Hughes, Miller, Boeser and Demko. I think Horvat may have an outside shot at making the Canadian team. And Sweden and Russian might inject some youth with Hoglander and Podkolzin, respectively. I can’t wait!

Brieann Knorr(@ItsBrieann): I’m SO EXCITED that players can go to the Olympics(hopefully). It’s going to be insanely hard to not cheer for the USA with Boes and Huggy on that team! Cannot wait to see these young guys represent their countries!

(@Grampahockey1): I don’t believe the NHL should hijack Olympic hockey games. Having said that, I will of course watch Sweden win the gold so we should be well represented.

(@tams3333): Absolutely! I love Olympic hockey! Such an amazing experience for all the players.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): Yes, I’m so excited for the NHL players to return to the Olympics! It’s always so much fun watching them play!

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): I haven’t really though much about the Canucks and the Olympics. In one sense, it is better for team Canada to have Canucks there. The NHL at the Olympics will make for some very exciting hockey. With so many good players from other countries, it will be a really competitive and skilled tournament. I have always tracked team Canada and any Canuck players (or former Canucks) when international play is happening. I don’t always watch it though. I don’t see that changing but will still be interesting.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): 100%. I think this is what the players want and I am confident it is what the fans want and I am glad they found a solution.

Deepak(@Deepak_Hockey): Yes, I am very excited about NHL players in the Olympics. I think the best in the world should compete. The Olympics also allows hockey to grow on the world wide stage. With the youth and young stars that the Canucks have, they have quite a few future Olympians on their team which would be exciting to watch them play as always. Though I won’t be cheering for them when they play Canada.

Me(@nucksaid): I’m ecstatic to see the players having an opportunity to return to the Olympics. There’s something truly spectacular when the best on best in the sport represent their countries at the Winter games. There’s a fair number of Canucks that have a chance to represent their respective countries and that’ll make for a very exciting and competitive tournament.

That’s it for this edition of the Canucks Round Table! If you’d like to take part the next time, or down the road as we work our way through this new pandemic normal or if you have a question that you’d like to see included in the NEXT round table, find me on twitter (@nucksaid) or send me an e-mail ( Special THANK-YOU to each and every person that took the time to be a part of this Round Table! [And if you’re not already following the  participants on twitter, please find their handles in their above responses!] 

As always, until next time, nuck said.

Sarah E.L.

Canucks Round Table (Vol.4)

Welcome to the latest edition of the official Nucksaid: Canucks Round Table! As you know, if you’ve followed my blog for awhile, one of my absolute favourite things is to connect with fellow hockey fans and to share our stories together. This new series will be bringing Canucks fans together from near and far to discuss all things Canucks as the season progresses. There’s a lot to be said about the team, personally, I love to also hear other fans perspectives, it helps me to see the team and the game in new ways.Hopefully you enjoy the ride with all of us! Shall we begin? Without further ado, I present to you the 4th edition of the Canucks Round Table feature on Nucksaid.

1)The Canucks are officially celebrating their 50th anniversary this season, which moment are you most looking forward to seeing celebrated?

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): All of them. It’s been a tough rebuild but we’ve slowly added the right pieces where I am finally comfortable having “expectations”. I feel we have upgraded every aspect of the game and the guys could really put something together if they gel and decide to play for one another. I feel like we have a chance to finally roll out three lines who can score and have pieces for a solid shut down line on the 4th.

(@tams3333): I am definitely most looking forward to Sedins’ retirement night!

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): It’s pretty hard to pick just ONE moment that I’m looking forward to. I am split between Burrows being inducted into the Ring of Honour or the Sedin jersey retirement night, but my heart’s leaning to the Dragon Slayer. Burrow’s grit and determination made him a fave for me. But ask me after the season ends, and my answer will be Pettersson leading us to the playoffs!

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): The Sedin number retirement is the most exciting part. There have been many great players over the 50 years. Many players have wowed me with skill or determination but these two players were truly unique. I used to consider them each half a star until Henrik lead the league in points. Daniel repeating the feat, the next year, cemented that each was star player. The Canucks honour them this year and soon the league will too.

Brieann Knorr(@ItsBrieann): I’m very excited to see the Sedins jersey retirement! I think everyone is. It’s gonna be an emotional night as we honour the two greatest to play in a Canucks uniform. As well, I’m excited for Alex Burrows night! Can’t wait to see the Dragon Slayer get a place in Canucks history!

Suleiman Damji(@Suleiman Damji): I’m looking forward to the Sedins week, including their jersey retirement.

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Watching Alex Burrows be inducted into the Ring of Honour. Burr is my all-time favourite Canuck. Played with his heart and soul for the city of Vancouver. 2011 playoffs…Dragon slaying goal is my all-time Canucks memory. Met him in person and he is a super nice, humble guy. I’ll be wearing my signed Burrows jersey that night!

Gabriella Smith(@wildestdreams_3): Definitely Sedin week. I also love that they’re honouring Bure, since he’s a big part of why I started following the Canucks in the first place!

Me(@nucksaid): Bo officially be awarded the captaincy(THAT WAS A MOMENT!). Pettersson, Boeser, Hughes & company continuing to grow together as a core. BURROWS night. SEDIN WEEK. Seeing a consistent swagger in the Canucks game play on a nightly basis, that could potentially get them back to the post-season.

2) The new season IS here, what are your expectations for the new season?

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): Anything less than the playoffs will be a bust. I anticipate winning at least one round in the post-season and having everyone whiplashed with “where did these guys come from?”

(@tams3333): I’m hoping fighting for a playoff spot, and clearing out some players to make space for the young guys.

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): The announcement of Bo Horvat as our next captain is something we’re all ready for. It symbolizes a new era for the Canucks and I couldn’t be more optimistic. Pettersson is elite and will grow even more. We have goal-tending, we have scoring, speed, attitude(Roussel and Ferland are two faves), and defence. We’ll just get better and better and better. I expect this to be the most exciting year since 2011 and don’t doubt it’ll be a great trip.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): I’ve watched videos, I’ve read articles that tell me the team is improved but not enough to make the playoffs. I am hoping for a playoff birth. While the season has started slow, I’m still optimistic, I’m expecting some overachieving – the playoffs.

Brieann Knorr(@ItsBrieann): I am expecting a better season than last year. I think playoffs are a big possibility with this team. I like the new additions to the blue line and Michael Ferland is gonna be a key piece for the grit and the goal scoring. I’m fairly optimistic that this season will be an exciting and a memorable one.

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): The Canucks are going to have a great season this year and I could see them back in the playoffs.

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): I truly believe the Canucks will make the playoffs and end the 5-year drought. Pettersson hitting the 80 points mark. Boeser hitting 30 goals. Horvat taking the torch from Henrik as the Captain, officially ushering in the new era of Canucks hockey. Hughes showing us high end skating, intelligence and compete level on a nightly basis. Markstrom proving himself to be a Top 10 goalie in the NHL.

Gabriella Smith(@wildestdreams_3): I really thtink that the playoffs could happen this year. My current thoughts are that we make it to the first round, which would be a great experience to get our feet wet. I also look forward to seeing the young guys continue to grow! My expectation for myself are to go to at least 2 home and 1 away games, and watch as many as I can :).

Me(@nucksaid): My expectations for the season is the young players thriving together, the entire team finding a special chemistry together under the leadership of Bo. Pettersson finding yet another level as the season moves further along. Boeser hits 30 goals. Markstrom and Demko have a rock solid season together.

3) Pettersson lit up the l​eague last season, what do you think he does this season to follow up his memorable rookie season?

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): He’s a smart player. Reminds me of H.Sedin. I anticipate a steady increase over the next couple of years. If Ferland can find a groove on this top line, it will create space and confidence like Boeser and Petey have never had before in a Vancouver Uniform.

(@tams3333): I think people are going to be all over Petey this season and he is going to learn to fight through it. I’d predict a 70 point range.

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): Pettersson is so driven that he will always push himself to improve no matter what. He’s not only going to light it up but will play a game that most won’t believe. His vision, his accuracy…we have an elite player that will make us contenders for years.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): I’m looking for Pettersson to continue. All the projections I read suggested 30+ goals and 70-80 points. That sounds good to me. The real achievement is doing this while teams are matching against him.

Brieann Knorr(@ItsBrieann): I think Pettersson will have a good season. I don’t want to place any expectations on him as he’s got a lot on his plate already.

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): I think that Pettersson is going to have an even better year than he did last season.

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): 30 goals, 50 assists. Lead by example on a nightly basis with his compete level, tenacity and hunger to get better.

Gabriella Smith(@wildestdreams_3): I’m looking forward to seeing what he can with a (fingers crossed) healthy season, since he did have the knee injury and concussion last year. I think he’ll continue to have steady and solid production while dazzling us as only he can.

Me(@nucksaid): Pettersson is a special player. Every time I get the chance to see him play, his skill takes my breath away. It’s unbelievable what he can do at this early stage of his career. We’ve just begun to see what he can do, as he continues to push himself, I think we see him hit many milestones over the years as his career progresses. How lucky are we to get to witness it?

4)Quinn Hughes gave us a glimpse of what he could do in the final 5 games last season. Will he challenge his brother Jack for the Calder?

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): When Boeser had his first season, we were warned, “Don’t expect too much! He may not even make the team.” When Petey joined the team, we were told once again, “Don’t expect too much. He’ll be a winger at best but won’t see any real centre minutes for some time.” I am starting to think the experts are guessers. I, not unlike what I predicted with the other two mentioned on this one, expect Hughes to be a world class talent and turn heads right away. I also anticipate a rejuvenated Tanev who will play like we haven’t seen in some time.

(@tams3333): I think that Quinn will do well offensively but need some time to figure out how to be in the dirty areas defensively and it will be an adjustment. I think he will need some time and patience.

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): Hughes’ moves…that man has the fanciest feet. Man, can he skate! He might just challenge Jack as he’s got experience Jack doesn’t even though it is only a handful of games. I think he’ll have more confidence because of his teammates too. I think I’d even bet money on it.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): Quinn is getting his minutes and the points will come as the team starts scoring. He will do well and get hype. I expect him to be in the conversation but it is rare for defenders to win. His competition is really high, so I have my doubts about him winning. If he can just get nominated, that will be an amazing run of draft picks.

Brieann Knorr(@ItsBrieann): I honestly think so! I think that storyline will be amazing to follow. Even if he doesn’t win it, it would be nice to have a Canuck as a finalist for 3 years in a row.

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): Yes, I could definitely see Quinn Hughes challenge his brother for the Calder trophy.

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Yes, absolutely, Quinn should be in the conversation for the Calder by the end of the season. Defensemen are always at a disadvantage for winning this trophy compared to fowards/centres because goals are always valued higher than assists.

Gabriella Smith(@wildestdreams_3): I believe Quinn will definitely be in the running for the Calder. He’s so very talented, but I’ve also gotta think that there’s some element of brotherly rivalry and competition with Jack going on as well!

Me(@nucksaid): Quinn Hughes. Another special player. The kid CAN SKATE…his puck handling skills are fun to watch, he’s got incredible confidence, and how about that rocket of a shot from the point? WHAT A GOAL for his first ever in the league! I think it’ll be a fun back and forth to watch between him and Jack as well as the rest of this season’s rookie class. It’d be quite something to see a Canuck nominated for the third year in a row IF it happens!

5) Henrik and Daniel will further cement their place in Canucks history books, when they have their jerseys retired during Sedin week in February. What was/is your favourite Sedin memory? Why?

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): Their entire journey as Canucks. I’ve been a fan from day one. Their “dancer” commercial may stand out as my favourite moment however when the other NHLers ordered “twins”. LOL.

(@tams3333): The Viking clap was very special and their last home game. It could not have been any better.

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): Haha, my fave fun moment was Henrik Sedin and Dustin Brown getting tangled up, Brown’s face right at Henrik’s butt…it still makes immature me laugh! BUT my ultimate fave moment was the last game. I cried. The Sedins were ours for their entire career. They are gentlemen, kind and community driven. There is so much to love and respect about them, I picked the last game for all those Sedin things that happened during it. 22 and 33 could not have shown up more on the board or the clock. And the cycling for the overtime goal from Daniel…excuse me a minute…tearing up again.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): My favourite moment was the game when Henrik took the scoring title. An amazing touch/pass/redirect to Daniel who does an amazing between the legs shot! This accomplished something that no Canuck ever did before. This marked for the league that the twins were themselves, stars. This play is just a magical sequence for me.

Brieann Knorr(@ItsBrieann): My favourite moment is between two moments. The game when Hank sealed his Art Ross trophy and the Sedins final home game. Both stand out as amazing moments in their careers and highlights for the fans.

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): My favourite Sedin moment was when Henrik reached the 1000 career points milestone.

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Henrik Sedin’s quadruple OT goal against the Dallas Stars in the 2007 playoffs. I wanted to go to bed. lol

A very close second is Daniel Sedin’s OT winner against the Arizona Coyotes for their final Canucks home game because my family and I witnessed it live. I imagine that’s a pretty close feeling to winning the Stanley Cup based on the fan’s reactions of joy at Rogers Arena.

Gabriella Smith(@wildestdreams_3): I think it’s just the legacy that they have already, rather than one memory in particular. In my mind they’re still very much the heart and soul of the team and I’m glad that the jersey retirement is happening to be a tangible reminder of this.

Me(@nucksaid): OI VEY. How do I simply pick JUST one moment? The Sedins have defined SO many of my years as a fan but I’ll say a few. Henrik’s quadruple OT goal vs. Dallas in 2007. Daniel’s between the legs goal vs. Calgary that sealed Henrik’s Art Ross in 2010. Henrik Sedin penalty shot goal on MY birthday in 2013. Henrik scoring his 1000th career point vs. LU(that was all kinds of special to see LIVE). But perhaps my most favourite is torn between when I finally MET them AND when my sister and I had our seats upgraded for their FINAL home game and were able to witness that FINAL act of Sedinery from right behind the class. BEST seats I’ve ever had and a moment that I’ll remember every second of, for always. (***Their jersey retirement will definitely be added to this list when it happens).

6) Any bold predictions for this next season for the Canucks or the league in general?

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): Canucks win at least one round in the post-season, possibly two!.

(@tams3333): I think our boys will be a bubble team for the playoffs and once they have a taste, there will be no looking back.

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): Yes. We are going to gel and improve in leaps and bounds by Christmas and make it into the playoffs. We all know once that happens, ANYTHING can happen!

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): My hopeful optimistic take that the Canucks will be a playoff team is as bold as I get. As I learn more about advanced stats and read different evaluations, I mostly stop expecting the unlikely things to happen, I understand better why my team struggles but I have learned to hope for a season of anomalies, to over achieve. I hope for a PDO that is unsustainable to last a season. #GLCPC #gocanucksgo

Brieann Knorr(@ItsBrieann): Canucks make the post-season.

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): The Canucks make it back into the playoffs.

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): The Canucks will qualify for the playoffs and have TWO All-Stars(Pettersson and Boeser) be voted for the All-Star Game. General league prediction would be…the Maple Leafs missing the playoffs!

Gabriella Smith(@wildestdreams_3): I’m not that good with predictions to be honest! I’m definitely #teamplayoffs thougth, so I’m just going to say we can and hopefully will make it this year. AND it that happens, I predict a home game ticket purchase on my part ;).

Me(@nucksaid): The Canucks make the post-season along with another team or two that make a return to the post-season.

That’s it for this edition of the Canucks Round Table! If you’d like to take part next time or down the road as we work our way through the off season, OR if you have a question that you’d like included in the NEXT round table; find me on twitter(@nucksaid) or send me an e-mail( Special THANK-YOU to each and every person that took the time to be a part of this Round Table! [And if you’re not already following this group on twitter, please find their twitter handles above!]

As always, until next time nuck said.

Sarah E.L.

Canucks Round Table (Vol.2)

Welcome to the latest edition of the official Nucksaid: Canucks Round Table! As you know, if you’ve followed my blog for awhile, one of my absolute favourite things is to connect with fellow hockey fans and to share our stories together. This new series will be bringing Canucks fans together from near and far to discuss all things Canucks as the season progresses. There’s a lot to be said about the team, personally, I like to hear other fans perspectives, it helps me to see the team and the game in new ways.

Hopefully you enjoy the ride with all of us!

Shall we begin? Without further ado, I present to you the 2nd edition of the Canucks Round Table feature on Nucksaid.

1) There’s no denying that’s incredibly fun to see players develop chemistry playing together over time through their careers. That said, did you think that we would see such an immediate chemistry develop between Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser?

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Yes, absolutely! Talented players just find a way to bring the best out of their teammates and we are truly blessed to have two very talented, hardworking players that are still in the growth stage of their careers. They seem to be developing a great friendship off of the ice as well so that will only translate well on the ice for the rest of their Canucks careers.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): To be honest, I didn’t! I was thinking that it was gonna take a couple months or this season, but I’m SO happy about it! I’m excited to see more bank passes and unreal setups in the future.

Josh Shettell(@shettell09): Pettersson has just wowed Canucks fans everywhere. It seems that his talent just keeps us on the edge of our seats every game. The chemistry between them is like two peas in a pod on the ice and off. Usually new talent is moved around trying to find that fit, but Green hit the jackpot with these two together, definitely a surprise to me.

(@deku_pete): No, mostly because of how well they played together last year, that I thought Boeser and Bo Ho would stay together for longer and that they’d find options for Pettersson. Been a helluva nice surprise though!

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): Yes, I did think Boeser and Pettersson would make great chemistry together, both of them have been great together!

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): Absolutely. I have watched Pettersson for a few years now and had zero doubt coming into the season as to his ability to be a play making centre on a top line. Much like Henrik Sedin developed into a few years into his career. And Brock was clearly a top line sniper after only a few games last season. While the dynamic is different from Henrik and Daniel in terms of their play was truly symbiotic, these latest two superstars have the potential to be the greatest two Canucks to ever put on the jersey! (And I believe Horvat is a considerabler step above what Kesler was in his prime. With Quinn Hughes possibly coming in as our best dman ever and solid options in net for years to come, we may have the core pieces to the cup we’ve always wanted!).

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): I did not expect to see Brock play with Petey. I had him and Horvat glued together and never remotely considered them being a line. From what I’ve seen, Travis Green doesn’t really believe in lines but he does seem to prefer Brock and Petey together(as we all do, now). The only problem created with those two together is it shows our lack of depth.

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): I had no expectations as I knew Pettersson would be good, BUT C’MON! The Alien is really out of this world! I love the chemistry that he has with Boeser, and almost more so with Goldy. (I like Goldy and want him to stay a Canuck). I hope the times he’s on Pettersson’s line has and will help his game enough. Honestly, who doesn’t Pettersson have chemistry with? I gotta say, I think the biggest chemistry he has is with the fans!<3

(@tams3333): I did not, to be honest. Generally, I am of the opinion that players that play a similar style have more chemistry and I liked that chemistry of Brock and Bo. Brock has an elite shot and his offensive positioning is stellar but I see Petey as a much better skater and he is so uniquely creative that I thought the Canucks may have trouble finding truly matched line mates to bring out the full potential of the damage Petey can do.

(@Grampahockey1): No, I didn’t see the chemistry between the two but I don’t think anyone did. I knew we were getting a very good player in Elias, but not what he is becoming. I don’t think we have seen the best between Brock and Elias yet by far. Just wait until Dahlen joins the pair, it’s going to be exciting.

Paul Banwait(@PaulBanwait1): I knew that Elias Pettersson would be a top prospect for the Canucks, but I never thought he would have immediate chemistry with Brock, and I didn’t think that Elias would be the best player on the team at age 19/20 as a rookie. And just remember that it’s just a start, as the years go by, they will continue to build chemistry and develop as the core. As long as contract issues don’t get in the way, they will have elite level success together. Plus, just wait until Quinn Hughes arrives. He’s going to get these guys the puck and quarterback the power play.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): No! In the beginning of the season, I had no idea how their chemistry would be. Just so glad that it’s working out the way it is.

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): No, I didn’t anticipate the instant chemistry between Boeser and Pettersson. I think all Canucks fans were hoping for it, but even at the start of the season, we didn’t know if Boeser would play with Horvat(who he had success with last season) or Pettersson. I think it speaks to how talented each of them are. They’ve been able to learn each other’s games very quickly, and we see them getting better and better together. When I went to a Canucks practice last week, I noticed how much they were goofing around with each other during drills. And they seem to spend a lot of time together away from the rink as well. One funny story from All-Star Weekend in San Jose: Upper Deck had Pettersson in to sign some hockey cards. When Pettersson asked what type of “tagline” he should include, the Upper Deck employees almost convinced him to write out “Better Than Brock!”, in the end Pettersson decided not to, haha.

Me(@nucksaid): Did I expect it? No. Did I hope to see it? Yes, and even so, their chemistry has exceeded everything I could’ve imagined. Every time they’re on the ice together, there always seems to be a highlight. The way they’ve been able to read each other, communicating on the ice has been something really special to witness this season.

2) Any predictions for the final stretch of the season?

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Making the playoffs and slotted in the 2nd wild card spot.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): Playoffs! When the season started, I “was told” by the media and some fans that this team wasn’t going to be good and that the postseason was just a dream. Now seeing this team fight for a playoff spot, I am wanting it to happen so bad! Even if they didn’t, it’s nice to see this team can compete with the top teams.

Josh Shettell(@shettell09): I predict that if the Canucks stay and get healthy, they sneak into the playoffs by a couple of points. However the season ends, it’s been exciting win or lose.

(@deku_pete): If I had to put money on it, I’d say that we’re going to scrape into the playoffs, mostly on the backs of Pettersson and the stellar play from Marky(Dec.-now), where he has really made a case to not rush Demko, but the injury to Edler has made me worry about that, but of course mostly I just hope he fully recovers as that was terrifying.

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji):  I think that the Canucks will push hard to make the final wild card spot and hopefully get in!

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): I believe we will unfortunately miss the playoffs yet again, BUT I believe this is the last time in a long time, if the off-season is properly managed. I am confident in our goal-tending and believe we have some of the D and F required to compete but we are missing two or three crucial pieces that could sincerely ramp our timeline on this rebuild. One more legit sniper in the top six to play with Elias and Brock…is it Dahlen? One more to play with Sven and Bo…is it Goldy or Jake? And then we need one more top end d man on the back end. With Edler/Tanev as the 3/4 and Stecher/Hutton as 5/6, I believe Hughes can pair up with a proper 1/2 defenseman and give us a chance to compete in the post-season.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): I might lose my #GLCPC membership for this but I expect that we will see a slide soon(or we are into it right now) where we fall out of the playoff race. It’s been a fun ride and there is a little bit of hope still in me but Bo looks off, Boeser is on and off. And we just lack the depth we need to really push this year. I’m going to enjoy the games and the try in these guys but I don’t see it lasting right now.

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): The injury plague continues. However, if Stecher, Hutton continue their strong play, and Markstrom keeps being as good as he has, the much needed defense and goal-tending might be enough. It’s so important during playoffs and we could make it to at least round 1 of the playoffs. Pettersson, Boeser, Horvat, Beagle…can I use the *heart* symbol again? Would that be too much?

(@tams3333): I think with major injuries our boys may struggle to make the playoffs but are going to be absolutely fired up to take a large step forward next season. I cannot wait to see Quinn Hughes but regardless if he joins the team, he’ll have a learning curve. I think we will be picking top 8 in the draft.

(@Grampahockey1): I like the fact that we are close to the playoffs. It’s good to have everyone engages and working hard, good for the young players. I think as time goes on, we will fall out of a playoff spot but as long as we don’t suffer anymore injuries, we will be close.

Paul Banwait(@PaulBanwait1): The opportunity is there to make the playoffs, and a lot of teams are struggling in the West. No matter what happens, this year has been such a great building block for the Canucks. They will all learn so much from this year and they will be stronger for it in years to come. They are still playing meaningful games, they are learning what it takes to win, and how to pay the price for success in the NHL. First you learn to play, then you learn to score, now they’re learning to win. Winning is the hardest, that’s why it gets so much respect. Winning is what you look at when you’re finished your career and see what’s really accomplished. My prediction is they will find a way to make the playoffs. The Canucks have a good young team, but they have players who have won at different levels.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): I hope we can make it to the playoffs. If not, they had a better run than anyone expected them to have. They will come out better next season!

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): Unfortunately, I think this latest run of injuries will ultimately cost the Canucks a playoff spot. You simply can’t make up for long-term losses of quality players like Tanev, Virtanen, Baertschi and Sutter. I predict that the Canucks will finish 10th in the Western Conference, although I’d be elated if they fought their way into the playoffs.

Me(@nucksaid): I’d be ecstatic if they made the playoffs this season to give players like Boeser and Pettersson a chance to experience that post-season rush. Realistically, I think they’ll definitely compete the rest of the way for the wildcard, whether they make it to the post-season or not, this season has still been a win. This year for the first time in a long time, the Canucks are competitive being driven by a young core. The recent injuries may factor into how they finish the year, but that won’t undo the success they’ve had this season, it will only motivate them further for next season and beyond.

3) What is your BEST all-time hockey memory that you either witness in person OR simply watched in absolute awe?

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Definitely the Sedin twins’ final home game with Daniel getting the OT winner versus the Arizona Coyotes!

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): I have two moments! First, the Sedins last home game. You couldn’t have written a better script. It was everything that I wanted it to be and so much more. It was one of those moments that I will never forget. Second, the Golden Goal. I remember being curled up in a ball on my couch, watching the overtime between my fingers, and screaming when that puck went in!

Josh Shettell(@shettell09): Living in Edmonton, sheltered from Canucks games BUT every time, they are here, I’m always there cheering them on. My best moment was being at the Sedins final game in Edmonton. The cheers from both sides of fans was something special to witness.

(@deku_pete): There’s a few moments that I’m in awe of, most recently, I went to the 2nd last home game of the Sedins career, the Tuesday. Before that I went to the playoffs vs Calgary, the game we won here; before that was in house to see Bo Ho score his first ever goal. And of course, there was the dragon slaying goal. Of courwse, the first ever thing that I remember at all in my life is my dad screaming “Go Canuckleheads!” during the ’94 playoffs!

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): I think it would have to be Pettersson’s first career hat trick and Marky’s recent play, he’s been great this season.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): Winning the first games in the final round of the 2011 playoffs. I was stunned. I was convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt, with needing to only win 2 of the next 5, that we were going to finally raise Stanley’s coveted Cup as last. (Coincidentally, this was quickly followed by my worst memory– losing in game 7–again).

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): I scored my on and only goal on Feb.2, 1988. The 11th goal of a meaningless game in a midget hockey game. I still get messages about it, it is called Eric Bailey day now for my friends.

My favourite NHL memory has to be attending the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals game 2 with my little boy. We flew from Kenora, Ontario to Vancouver earlier in the morning. Walked around downtown. Bought him a jersey to wear. He even made a sign.

We watched the game. Saw Manny return to the lineup. And went crazy with Burr’s overtime winner. Then my son and I headed back to to the airport where we slept on benches overnight and flew home the next morning. We left Vancouver thinking 2011 was the year of destiny. What a crazy trip. What a crazy year.

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): I have a few, how lucky am I? Pettersson’s first goal, Sedin’s last game, and the last two games of the Stanley Cup run in 2011. Over time, it’s really narrowed down to game 5 of the 2011 playoff run. It was more exciting than anything else I’ve experienced. The energy was crazy lilt, the sound was so loud, you couldn’t take it all in. I’d relive that game in a heartbeat. I’m sure this will be replaced as my fave until Pettersson and these young guns bring us the cup!

(@tams3333): SO many. I’ll share a couple. One was watching Burrows slay the dragon in a pub in NY. We were so excited, I flipped out! There were Chicago fans in the pub and that made it more sweet! Another favourite memory was, I loved Jim Sandluk. When I was a kid, I picked the number 33 because I loved him so much. One time, I was at the coliseum and I believe it was a practice day and the worker let me come under near the dressing rooms and Jim was there with half his gear on, and had to come out and say hi to me! Another was pitching to Gino Odjick in my baseball league. The first hit, he hit it a mile but foul ball! I eventually struck him out and he was so kind, he signed the ball for me. I have endless hockey stories! I’ll tell you my saddest memory. I worked security at the airport when Trevor Linden first got traded. Me and some other workers told him we were sad to see him go and he stopped for a bit before going through U.S. customs. He cried and said he didn’t want to leave. My heart broke for him and I will always love him as a Canuck. He’s a legend and it’s amazing that he still cares so much after how he was treated with giving up his Captaincy and getting traded.

(@Grampahockey1): My best memory is sitting in the stands watching Pavel Bure playing. He was so eclectic every time he touched the puck, the crowd would be on the edge of their seats, ready to explode.

Paul Banwait(@PaulBanwait1): I was at Trevor Linden’s final game. It was such an amazing atmosphere. As he was skating around the ice, waving and acknowledging the fans, many people in the crowd were crying. I met so many fans that night who were sharing stories about Trevor’s community work, times were he had taken the time to give a kid a special moment at the hospital, and what a quality person he is. It was such an incredible night. Trevor’s leadership and value to the province was fare more significant than anything within the game of hockey. I think so many fans had seen Trevor grow up in Vancouver since he was an 18-year old kid and this was the night where his playing career came to an end.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): Game 7. Overtime. Alex Burrows, dragon slaying goal.

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): I have 2 favourite all-time hockey memories. One of them was the game 7 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The way the entire series went was nuts. And the sold-out crowd sat in stunned silence in the intermission between the third period and overtime. We were all so scared! My other favourite memory was being at Rogers Arena for the Sedins’ final home game of their careers. Prior to the game, my son Sean and I got to go down to the tunnel and fist-bump the Canucks players as they made their way to the ice. And to see Daniel score the game-winning goal assisted by Henrik was absolutely magical.

Me(@nucksaid): I have a few. First: game seven, overtime, Alex Burrows, DRAGON SLAYED, need I say more? It’s been a tradition of mine to go the Canucks game on/closest to my birthday. In 2013, the Canucks played on my birthday, they won the game but the highlight was seeing Henrik Sedin score a beauty on a penalty shot. Being in the arena to to see Henrik score his 1000th NHL point on home ice vs. Luongo was a moment I’ll never forget. Most recently however was being in house to see the Sedins final home game. My sister and I had seats behind the glass, the arena was thunderous with #HallOfFame and #ThankYouSedin cheers. I was on my feet for the entire game, and jumped pretty high when Daniel scored that OT goal assisted by Henrik right in front of us. It was a perfect storybook ending that you couldn’t have written any better if you tried.

4) The 2019 NHL Draft is taking place in Rogers Arena, will you be attending to see all the draft craziness unfold in person?

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Yes! It will be a great experience for all Vancouver hockey fans.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): YES! I’m ready to be a part of the craziness!

Josh Shettell(@shettell09): I would love to see how everything pans out.

(@deku_pete): I wish, but unfortunately, I don’t think so, barring some unforeseen windfall.

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): Would like to attend the Draft this year and see all of the craziness unfold and so much more.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): No. I believe an event like this is best seen from home where you can get the added coverage of what’s going on behind the scenes.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): I live in Saskatchewan, so I don’t see myself attending the draft. I might listen or watch somewhere if I can but I’m unlikely to attend.

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): Oh yeah. I’m going. I hope I get a pair of tickets for it as part of my season ticket membership but will buy tickets if I don’t. (@Canucks –do full season ticket members get tickets?) I’d like to watch the young draftees faces when they get picked, their families being caught up in the emotion – I’m sure that emotion, it will be palatable live – to see which GM’s are talking to who…

(@tams3333): If I can, absolutely!

(@Grampahockey1): I will definitely be there. I was there the first time and will definitely be there this time. We have for the first time in our history, the best scouting staff. Should be fun.

Paul Banwait(@PaulBanwait1): Yes, I think it would be great to go to the draft. Over the last few years when the Canucks were not winning, I would need to keep my interest in hockey by following the draft prospects. It’s been interesting to see who’s available, what teams are picking up and then making predictions to see who goes where. Then after that, following their early careers. The draft will be fun. I’ll try to get tickets.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): Nope. Not really into watching the NHL Draft.

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): Yes, I am planning to attend the 2019 NHL Draft in person. I believe that as a season-ticket member, I may get first dibs at tickets but I’m not sure. Regardless, I plan on going as a birthday gift to myself; my birthday is on June 22(the 2nd day of the draft)

Me(@nucksaid): YES. I’m definitely planning on being there and seeing all of the behind the scenes madness that is the draft. And who knows, you may just see me post a few updates and more on the blog when the draft happens…stay tuned!

5) Who is your all-time favourite Canucks player? Who is your current favourite Canucks player?

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): All-time favourite Canucks Player: Alex “Dragon Slayer” Burrows. Current favourite Canucks Player: Elias “Dekey Pete” Pettersson.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): All-time favourite Canucks is actually 2. When I first started watching hockey, it was Markus Naslung. Then in 2007, it became Henrik Sedin, he had been my favourite until his retirement. These days, it’s Brock Boeser(Petey is a close second).

Josh Shettell(@shettell09): All time favourite Canuck, the Russian rocket! Current favourite player is Brock Boeser, but “Petey” is creeping up with him.

(@deku_pete): For me, it’s gotta be Cliff Ronning for all time, though Henrik and Daniel both have spots at the top of my list as well, as does Burr. Current favourite is Pettzky, but I have a ton of time for Boeser, BoHo, Roussel and Hutton too.

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): Favourite current player is Pettersson. Past favourite was the Sedin twins.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): Henrik Sedin. Henrik Sedin.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): My all-time favourite player is Trevor Linden. Bure was a close second tied with the twins. I was already a Canucks fan before he joined the team but they drafted him the same year I turned 18. He wore my hockey number(16), played for my team. Played wind and centre like myself. And to top it all off, his birthday is only a few days before mine. I lived my NHL dream vicariously through him. Nothing will take that away from me. My favourite current player is shifting around at this point. The big three are tops for me. I enjoy some of the other good stories like Hutton, Stecher, or even Roussel. I love to watch Petey’s skill and creativity, Bo’s drive is so incredible and I think Brock’s “nice guy” character(even though some stories have been told) is totally underrated. I like those three best at this point.

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): I gotta go with Pettersson. I had been reading about him before the draft. I was surprised and happy that we got him, and he has exceeded any and all expectations. We’ve all gushed about him. His slapshot. His playmaking. What I like most about him is how he uses his intuition physically; meaning he sees a spot to squeeze into or a way to get around a defenseman…his spatial knowledge of where he is on the ice, how to get around obstacles, how to create plays in the time and space that he has. Literally our of this world!

(@tams3333): All-time, that is too hard! It’s more like by generation, like I love Toni Tanti, Stan Smyl, Pavel Bure, Trevor Linden, Jovo, Bertuzzi, the Sedins, Bo Horvat. All the guys who love being in our city and are proud to be life long Canucks, who make sacrifices to win. Guys who are generous with fans.

(@Grampahockey1): Has to be Orland Kurtenbach, our first Captain, a hard nosed leader who almost took us to the playoffs in our first year, until a Toronto Maple Leaf(Bobby Bond) took him out with a dirty check. My current favourite has to be Petty, we have never had a game changer like him. Game winners overtime and shootout goals, he puts the team on his back, just about every night.

Paul Banwait(@PaulBanwait1): My favourite player was Trevor Linden, and my favourite current player is Pettersson.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): All-time would have to be Markus Naslund. Current would have to be Brock Boeser.

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): My all-time favourite Canucks player is Roberto Luongo. He played his heart out for us and led us to a memorable Stanley Cup Final. He back-stopped Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. And he thanked us on Twitter for doing our farewell song to him when he got traded, haha. He wasn’t afraid to show his emotions or express his feelings; it made him seem human(along with being a professional athlete). He was a class act here and has continued to be one in Florida. Linden and the Sedins are also favourites of mine. Currently, my favourite player is Bo Horvat. I’ve liked him ever since we drafted him, and my son Sean son caddied for him back in September 2015 at the Jake Milford golf tournament. I’ve met Bo a few times since then and we’ve even chuckled about the 53 Horvat Magic song that we did for him. He’s a strong leader both on and off the ice and he’ll likely be the next captain. He may not be as naturally talented as Pettersson and Boeser, but he complements them very well. Speaking of Pettersson and Boeser, they are my favourite players behind Horvat…along with Jake Virtanen.

Me(@nucksaid): All-time for me, is tough but I’ll say Luongo, Burrows and the Sedins. Luongo and Burrows pure determination with their heart & soul dedication to the game every single time they play(ed), always made them stand out for me. Luongo never got the credit he deserved, but always remained a class act. Burrows while a pest to his opponents, persevered through all the critics, and scored many a memorable goal. The Sedins gave everything to this team and this city for their entire careers, and Canucks fans were incredibly lucky to witness every moment of their legacy. Current is Bo Horvat who I’ve been rooting for since his draft in 2013. He’s set a precedent for the team, stepping up, following in the Sedins footsteps on and off of the ice. (Brock and Petey are right up there on the current list!).

6) A lot of former players go into broadcasting after their on ice careers come to a close. Which former Canuck(s) would you like to see make a guest appearance or two on a hockey panel/guest commentary role for a Canucks game?

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Kevin Bieksa, Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler. (All at once!)

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): After the All-Star game, I want to see Bieksa do some more commentary. I also want to see the Sedins!

Josh Shettell(@shettell09): After his short stint at the All-Star game, I would love to see Kevin Bieksa make a run at it. The man speaks his mind and is honest, which a lot of people would respect.

(@deku_pete): Other than the obvious answers of Burrows and Bieksa? I think the Sedins could be really good with their levelheadedness and insight, also Derek Dorsett would be great. And, hmm…maybe Lapierre? Hasn’t he done it before?

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): Would love to see Boeser or Petty!

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): Kevin Bieksa, without question.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): The more I think and think through the many players who have come and gone, many are doing it already. Two guys that I’d like to hear from and watch them have fun and bring their knowledge to the TV are: Cory Schneider and Eddie Lack. Neither are even retired yet but I think from past interviews that they’d have good insight and information to share, and they can both be characters when give the chance.

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): Bieksa. We’ve all known that he’s meant for broadcasting to be his second career. His comfort in front of the camera, his humour, his digs…we never stopped loving Bieksa and this would bring him back to us.

(@tams3333): For sure, Kevin Bieksa, Tiger Williams, Craig Coxe, Derek Dorsett, Harold Snepts, Todd Bertuzzi, Jason King.

(@Grampahockey1): It has to be Kevin Bieksa, always like him as a guest being interviewed.

Paul Banwait(@PaulBanwait1): I think Roberto Luongo would make a great TV commentator. Goalies always seem to do well analyzing the game and giving their points of view. Roberto has shown that he’s funny, witty, smart and he’s performed at a high level. His personality changed after leaving Vancouver. It would be cool to hear his perspective on games.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): Kevin Bieksa.

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): Two former Canucks players who I think would do a great job as broadcasters or analysts are Roberto Luongo and Alex Burrows. Luongo has a playful side to him and I could see him being a relaxed and relatable colour guy. As for Burrows, his intelligence and knowledge of the game is well-documented, and he seems like he’d be a natural coach and/or colour guy. He can also be sarcastic and witty at times.

Me(@nucksaid): Kevin Bieksa, is always a great interview with great insight; I think that would translate perfectly to doing commentary/hockey panel. Derek Dorsett could also be a good fit in this type of role. Other former Canucks that I’d like to hear on the commentary/hockey panel include Alex Burrows, Roberto Luongo, the Sedins, Mattias Ohlund and Markus Naslund.

That’s it for this edition of the Canucks Round Table! If you’d like to take part next time or down the road, OR if you have a question that you’d like included in the NEXT round table; find me on twitter(@nucksaid) or send me an e-mail( Special THANK-YOU to each and every person that took the time to be a part of this Round Table! [And if you’re not already following this group on twitter, please find their twitter handles above!]

As always, until next time nuck said.

Sarah E.L.

Canucks Round Table (Vol.1)

Welcome to the first ever official Nucksaid: Canucks Round Table! As you know, if you’ve followed my blog for awhile, one of my absolute favourite things is to connect with fellow hockey fans and to share our stories together. This new series will be bringing Canucks fans together from near and far to discuss all things Canucks as the season progresses. There’s a lot to be said about the team, personally, I like to hear other fans perspectives, it helps me to see the team and the game in new ways. 

Hopefully you enjoy the ride with all of us! 

Shall we begin? Without further ado, I present to you the first edition of the Canucks Round Table feature on Nucksaid.

Question 1: What has been YOUR standout moment or player so far this season? Why?

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): There are two, but over time, being in the arena for Pettersson’s first goal will be outshone by some other spectacular thing he does. So I’ll have to with my first one– being at the Sedins’ last game. I cried. I changed with the crowd: “Hall of Fame!”. It was an emotional, pivotal moment in Canucks history. I fell deeply in love with hockey and the Canucks because of the twins. I didn’t grow up in a hockey watching family but in my little home town in Northern Ontario, when it’s -40 out, you spend your Saturday evenings watching CBC/HNIC or listening to it on the radio. Then I moved to Vancouver and almost instantly lived and breathed hockey. The Sedins humility, work ethic and leadership won me over. Big time.

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): My biggest standout moment is the play of Elias Pettersson and him leading for the Calder trophy as top rookie.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): My standout moment was the 7-6 game with Colorado. That game was fast, back and forth, and the young guns were scoring. Hockey was fun again. EP, Brock, Goldy and Bo were scoring. The last few seasons were slow and disappointing and difficult to find the positives as the Canucks struggled to score. As the season started, the big question was: “where would the goals come from?”. This game answered that question telling us that not only will the kids be scoring in the future but rather they are scoring NOW.

Josh Shettell(@shettell09): The standout of the season has definitely been Elias Pettersson no doubt about it, but I can’t shy away from the management following though and playing the kids this year!

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): For the first time in a LONG time, it is a TEAM answer and not looking to just one or two guys that are worth the price of my seasons tickets. There is clearly a maturing and winning culture evolving in the room. Anyone who has played any level of organized sports knows that you don’t need a letter on your jersey to be a leader in the room or on the ice. Pettersson. Horvat. Beagle. Boeser. Stecher. Guddy. Hutty. There are several names that are clearly having an impact and changing expectations. I also love how Green has everyone playing. It is the most exciting hockey that I’ve seen in our barn in a long time. I have “Bure” moments of excitement every single game. There is also fun developing and that is good to see again. Some smiles. Some jokes. Some playful ribbing. Reminds me of the Bieksa/Burrows/Kesler/Luongo days. We were spoiled with their fun and infectious personalities. I see some of this developing again and it is good to see. Having fun while pushing to win every night. That’s how you build humble swagger and a championship team.

Paul Banwait(@PaulBanwait1): My standout moment so far this year was the November game against the Colorado Avalanche. The Canucks won in OT after trailing late, Pettersson had 5 points, Boeser had 4 points. It was such an entertaining game. It was a game where all of the young talent that we’ve been talking about put together an incredible win. There has been a lot of losing over the last 5 years, a lot of boring games, and Canucks fans have been talking about the rebuild, talking about playing the kids, developing the future. Well I think that was our first real look at how good this team can be, and how fun games will be to watch. It was the first time we saw how these first round picks will look together. The team and the young players all stood out on that night.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): My standout player this year would have to be Bo Hovat and Elias Pettersson. Bo, because he’s playing so good, his shots and play making is really on point this season! Elias because a rookie has never played this well before and I can’t wait to watch how he does for the remainder of his career.

canucklehead(@DougDdlee288): My stand out player is EP40. He can score from anywhere. Not afraid to get in dirty areas to score. Plays a complete game. Exciting to watch. Edge of the seat every time he touches the puck.

Jon K(EaglesNucksFan): Seems like the obvious choice here but for me it would have to be the emergence of Pettersson. The fans weren’t sure if he was going to start the season with the Canucks and he has taken us to another level. His presence has not only brought the fans together but the team is playing with heart again.

(@tams3333): So many! One of my favourite moments this year was watching a karmic moment! A puck had gotten stuck in the netting and a father lifted his child to try to reach the puck and the child was too short and couldn’t reach. From about ten rows back, another father with an old son came and did the same thing. The father held up his older son and they got the puck down and gave it to the kid who initially tried to get the puck and went back up to their seats. Later in the game, another puck got caught in the netting in the exact same place and the older kid who kindly gotten the original puck for the little guy went back over and got a puck of his own! Was great to see the good spirit and cheers in the arena! The good feels are back!

Oscar(@oscarcanucks): The most thrilling moments so far is my new favourite player, Elias Pettersson. It’s so great to see a player with so many skills on the ice with the Canucks in his rookie season. And with Elias Pettersson’s young age, I believe strongly that we as Canucks fans will see him have success in the future with the Canucks.

(@SGopes1): Definitely has to be Pettersson. His game this year has given me so much hope for this franchise and with him you can actually start believing that one we CAN win the cup!

(@Grampahockey1): My standout player has to be Elias Pettersson from being started at a center, a position he hadn’t played much and from a larger ice surface to a seamless first line center. Watched him score his first goal live to watching him score his OT hat trick winner in Ottawa. To mention only a few.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): I’m going to say 3 players: Boeser, Horvat and Pettersson. All 3 of these players are having an impact on the Canucks this season. We all know how Boeser and Pettersson are doing, but Horvat has quietly had a fantastic season. I’m interested to see how the 3 of them progress through the season.

(@JustinLai01): My standout player will have to be easily Elias Pettersson. I don’t think anyone of us fans expected him to take the league by storm and have such an impact as he had so far. We knew we had a great player but for him to transition in quickly and dominate like no rookie we’ve seen in a while, along with other great rookie seasons has been a joy to watch. I’m always so excited that this is just a taste of what’s to come with him being so young. My fave standout moment would have to be his first goal on his first career shot and his reaction to the chants and standing ovation immediately after. That was the highlight for me among many including the crazy Colorado game where we won and his five point nights and most recently his first career hat trick.

Jeff A.(@TheGamerJeff91): My standout of the moment this season so far was the 5 point night from Petey. I really like the Avanlanche’s team also,they are great for today’s NHL and I believe a future rival with the Canucks. The way we battled back and of course the developed chemistry with Boeser and Petey, that game held me on the edge of my seat. When Petey tied that game for his 4th point of the night, I was just in awe. I did think to myself, “If Petey gets the hat trick or his 5th point, what a moment it will be for the rookie”, I just again watched in awe of Petey get the assist for his 5th point of the game. That moment I also believe too helped with the growth of our team. It was just truly special to be to watch.

(@CanuckJordan): My standout moment for this season was the game on November 2nd against Colorado. Pettersson and Boeser had 12 shots combined and 9 points. They were buzzing all over the ice. There was the Boeser breakaway goal in the first minute and then Petey pulled a Henrik Sedin with his ridiculous bank pass to Boeser who would score again. Even when the Canucks gave up a goal in the final 2 minutes, there was a feeling in the air that they could still come back. It was magic. Seeing Petey’s excitement after tying the game personified the sheer emotion of the entire city. Yes, our team still has plenty of holes that need to be filled and we are probably not going to make the playoffs again this year but that night gave me a glimpse of something I have not felt as a Canuck fan in a years, hope. 

(@MikeCincoSays): The standout moment for me was the 2nd game of the season in Calgary. We saw what EP did in the season opener and while he razzled and dazzled us, there was still the question of can he do this on a consistent basis. I was lucky enough to watch this game live and the pure display of skill that EP showed in that game was amazing. As this was early on in the season not many outside Canucks nation knew who Dekey Pete was yet but there were a lot of folkds in that crowd who were impressed. To me that was the game that Dekey Pete, the elite hockey superstar emerged in my mind, not only because of the magic he pulled on the ice but what his emergence has done to my(and certainly other fans) perception of the Canucks. The Canucks lost that game 7-4 but that was the first time in 4 years where I attended a Canucks game and actually cared whether they won or lost, emotional investment was back in a big way! I was and in many ways still am a proponent of tanking as a means to win championships and in the dark pre-EP days, if you were a hardcore Canucks fan, tanking was the only solace you received from watching a night of what could at best be described as uninspired hockey and at worst, a boring and unmitigated mess of a team. EP and his magical skills have made watching the Canucks, FUN again, and cheering for his success is far more fun than hoping the Canucks don’t miraculously tie a game in the last minute. The attitude around the team and media has changed because of him and it started (for me atleast) in that 2nd game of the season. 

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): What Elias Pettersson has done in half a season is nothign short of remarkable. He has almost single-handedly given the Canucks fans new hop and has sped up the rebuild by a year or two. January 2 was a day for the ages: Pettersson was named to the NHL All-Star Game, he was named Rookie of the Month for December, he recorded his first career hat trick, and he earned $425,000 in bonuses. Not bad for a day’s work. 

Me(@nucksaid): Standout moment has to be witnessing that first goal from Elias, the crowd was thunderous and his reaction was perfection. What he’s been able to accomplish in the games he has played is awe-inspiring, it’s not just how he plays with the puck, but without it too and no matter who he plays with he makes them better. Elias has been pure magic, plain and simple. One of my favourite things to see this season has been the evolution of the Bo Horvat from his rookie year to this year, quietly leading the way on and off the ice. 

Question 2: Elias Pettersson will make his NHL-Allstar debut this year. Will you watch the game to track his success or is there a new format that you’d like to see the NHL adapt to for the NHL-Allstar weekend? 

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): I’m not big into the All-Stars overall. I like that the players have fun. I liked it more once the fans voted in John Scott…and then last year watching Boeser<3. I’ll be watching this year to see Pettersson blow everyone away. The format doesn’t matter. He’ll win at any style of hockey. I’ll watch this year to count the jaws dropping…

SuleimanDamji(@SuleimanDamji): Yes, I will definitely be watching the All-Star game to see Pettersson’s success.

Eric Bailey (@EBailey16): For Christmas, I got the NHL subscription. I’ll be watching the all-star game. The all-star weekend/game is about fun and games. It doesn’t matter to me what they do with it. I loved watching Boeser last year and I look forward to seeing Pettersson play. His high end skill should be fun in 3-on-3.

Josh Shettell(@shettell09): I will be cheering on any Canucks who represent, hoping for a repeat of what Boeser did in 2018!

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): I will definitely watch and fingers are crossed for Boeser. Not just great hockey players but great people. Our city is spoiled and I love the success these gentlemen are seeing and the chemistry they are enjoying together. I’m not sure how to make the All-Star break work anymore. Too much money at stake for players to play in a way that risks injury, but the latest format feels a little “pick up hockey” or “shinny” and not in a good way. All-Star games when I was growing up were different as most players had longer runs with one team and seeing legends playing together was a rarity. We also saw less televised games and didn’t get as much exposure as we do now so it’s lost some of the shine. What would spice this up for me? Mic all of the players and get a little trash talk going. This would add a dimension that has not been seen yet. I’d also steal a page out of Netflix’s “Bandersnatch” and create a system that allows fans to use their remotes at home to select lines that go out next. Let us coach the all-star game. The technology is there and it would absolutely connect us like never before (Feel free to forward this last suggestion directly to Gary Bettman LOL).

Paul Banwait(@PaulBanwait1): Yes, I’ll watch the All Star game, I’m even considering going down to San Jose to watch it. Last year, it was Brock playing his first All Star game, and the year before that it was Bo. I like seeing out young talent getting to know the best players in today’s game, sharing the bench and dressing room with them, and feeling what it’s like to be with the top players in the NHL. I remember watching Boeser and Crosby having a conversation on the ice together after he won the Shot Accuracy competition. I’m interested to see who Elias talks with, and how well he does.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): I will for sure be watching his NHL All star debut, but not sure much to keep track of his success. I’ll be watching to see how plays with other “Big” stars! And no new format, I like the format the way it is.

canucklehead(@DougDdlee288): Hope to be on night shift to watch the All Star game. Will be great to see him perform with other great players.

Jon K(EaglesNucksFan): Hoping to hear the MRI results came back with no major concerns(**Update: Pettersson was diagnosed with a slight MCL sprain). I don’t really watch the All Star game to be honest but would like them to make it like the MLB where they actually play for something.

(@tams3333): I will watch the game, it was fun to watch last year. I honestly do find it a little boring in it’s current format but I think it is great for the kids.

Oscar(@oscarcanucks): I will definitely follow Elias Pettersson during the NHL All-Star weekend to see his success, hopefully he can still be a part of it after his injury in the game against the Canadiens. And of course, I will watch the All-Star weekend game, when it’s in the night time in Europe, it’s no problem.

(@SGopes1): I’m old school so yes, I like watching the all star game and wouldn’t change it. Definitely yes, I will be watching Pettersson.

(@Grampahockey1): Not a fan of the All-Star game but will definitely watch as Pettersson is playing. Would like it to mean something rather than being a score fest, a little defense would be nice.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): I only watch the skills competition. I find it more exciting than the actual game. I haven’t watched an all star game in a while. I’m not a fan of the current format. I liked East vs. West and I hope they bring back that format.

(@JustinLai01): Being a fan of the sport, I’ll still tune in to watch the festivities but honestly I’d like to see the All-Star game take on some significance in some way shape or form. It’s great to showcase the game and the sport but often at times during this game, defense isn’t really a priority and to me defense is part of the game, so maybe a different format or some sort of incentive for teams to win that could have implications on the playoffs would entice more fans to be engaged in it rather than see it as a waste of time.

Jeff A.(@TheGamerJeff91): I do have a lot to say about the All Star game format and such. I would like to see more player involvement when it comes to the skills competition, I would like to see them do something else with the format though we can go on forever about this one. I will definitely be catching the game and the skills to see how our Petey does. If you ask me who my favourite is for the MVP of the game? Without bias, it’s Petey.

(@CanuckJordan): Yes, I will definitely want to see how Pettersson makes out while not having to worry about other teams’ morons trying to hurt him. My prediction is he will win the MVP. As for the format, I also don’t mind it at all. The new 3-on-3 is incredibly entertaining. So much better than when they had 5-on-5. You can tell there is a little more pride around being the best division and donating to a charity of their choice. 

(@MikeCincoSays): I think I will watch if Dekey Pete is healthy. The interesting thing for me about this event is that EP is such a student of the game and giving him access to the game’s very best can only help him become a better player in the long run. Have him study McDavid’s stride or how Ovi releases his own one-timer, Dekey Pete is sure to pick up a trick or two that weekend. 

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): Yes, I’ll be watching the game…LIVE! I’ll be in San Jose for All-Star weekend and I’m so excited. I’ll be traveling down there with a priest friend of mine and I also plan to vlog my entire experience. Hopefully, I’ll be seeing both Pettersson AND Brock Boeser in the game. I’m fine with the format as you can’t expect these players to go all out and risk injury. The 3-on-3 games are very exciting and give the stars a chance to show their stuff. The weekend is not about intense games or fierce board battles. Rather it’s for the fans, the sponsors, and the younger players to rub shoulders with the older players. 

Me(@nucksaid): Will I watch the All-Star game? Yes. While it may not be my favourite in the current format, I do genuinely enjoy seeing rival players from around the league have a chance to play together, plus I want to see how Pettersson does. Brock had one heck of a time last year, so this will be fun to see how Pettersson follows that up! (I think experiencing the All-Star game live would be one heck of fun experience, if Vancouver ever hosted, I’d be there in a heartbeat. 

Question 3: Elias Pettersson is leading the NHL Calder Trophy talk as the NHL’s top rookie. Do you think he could also potentially be considered for team MVP? #MVPetey. 

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): I’m writing this after he got his first hat trick AND won the game in OT. Yup, he can win both!

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): Yes, definitely he should be included in the MVP discussions.

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): The team MVP is currently a two man race. Pettersson is top but Bo is right behind as he is doing so much and on a 30-goal pace. Markstrom is quietly making a case for himself too.

Josh Shettell(@shettell09): I believe with how Elias is playing this year, how can he not be, he is in all aspects leading this team not just in points but the way he defends, sets up plays and his energy, besides he is scoring MVP of the Canucks and depending on the results of the season votes for the NHL MVP.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): 100% He’ll get the obligatory nod as he epitomizes what many consider the MVP role –he makes those around him better. Look at anyone who plays on his line. Instant bump in points and street cred. That being said, many still consider the MVP something based on who is the best player –my vote is still Crosby. He does both. He is amazing and makes those around him amazing. Elias is definitely in this conversation. If you wer to offer me McDavid for Petey straight up, I don’t think I’d take it. McJesus is amazing, but the Alien makes everyone around him better too and is equally exciting and effective in my opinion.

Paul Banwait(@PaulBanwait1): I think all Canucks fans would love to see Elias win the Hart Trophy. We all took notice when the Hockey Night in Canada panel started discussing our guy and the possibility of him getting MVP consideration. But we should keep in mind that they said that if the Canucks made the playoffs, he would get some votes. He would then be considered. It’s great to hear that because it tells you what kind of talent he is, and it gives us so much hope for the future. I also think it’s important to remember that the season is far from over. The game tightens up in the second half down the stretch. The experiences veteran teams start to build momentum for a playoff run. That’s where you’ll see how this young rookie really handles this league. He’ll get involved in more competitive battles, games will be more intense, and we’ll see how he handles the pressure. If he can withstand all of that, and the team makes the playoffs, and he continues with his production, then YES, he should be considered for the Hart.I hope that happens, but it would be a lot to ask for a 20 year old rookie. There is a reason why the NHL is the best league in the world, it has the best players in the world. Good luck to Elias, it would be something very special to see him with the Hart.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): YES!

canucklehead(@DougDdlee288): Definitely believe he should be in the talk for MVP due to his contributions to the team and how much better the team is then expected. Also think he is bringing fans to more games. Not just in Vancouver, but wherever he plays. Love hearing the hype from other team broadcasters.

Jon K(EaglesNucksFan): Trying not to be biased but I really do. He has changed the whole dynamic of the team. I won’t get my hopes up but he should at least be in the discussion.

(@tams3333): I think that when he wins the Calder he will have to be considered, he doesn’t even just make other players around him better, he is just unstoppable at times which I only remember seeing in Gretzky. I think as the team develops, he will win MVP but with us being on the bare cusp of the playoffs, it won’t happen this year.

Oscar(@oscarcanucks): I think surely Elias Pettersson can be team MVP and NHL Calder Trophy candidates. It would be absolutely amazing to get both trophies in his first rookie season.

(@SGopes1): Just these last two games shows how much of an impact he is for our team. He makes everyone better in their position when he’s playing. If the Canucks make the playoffs he definitely has to be considered for MVP.

(@Grampahockey1): Absolutely, just look at the games he’s not in.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): YES. I would also put him in the conversation for NHL MVP. I haven’t seen a player impact a team like this in a very long time. The Canucks honestly live and die by him.

(@JustinLai01): A lot has to go right for Pettersson to garner MVP talks with so m any other stars in the league having tremendous years but with that being said, if the Canucks make the playoffs in a rebuilding year with a first year rookie leading the charge and they make some noise in the playoffs he definitely should be considered in the running. Even with his injuries and missed games if all the above happens and he still plays at the pace he does now, that’s truly valuable to his team success and will and should be included in the discussions.

Jeff A.(@TheGameJeff91): Absolutely, Petey definitely deserves a lot of league MVP discussions. The Canucks, I believe have really excelled and prove so many doubters wrong this season(and I am loving every second of it). He’s been either exceeding or on par with the franchise elite’s in their rookie seasons. The Canucks and Petey are battling for a playoff spot and if that can’t get fans excited, then I’m not sure what will. They recently compared him to McDavid; he helped lead the Oilers to the playoffs, I admit it was fun to see from a hockey fan standpoint. He won league MVP and I couldn’t have agreed more. Even if the Canucks don’t secure a playoff spot, it’s still been a very great fun and super exciting season. With the help of Brock, Bo, Jake, etc; Petey has helped propel the Canucks into a contender. If that doesn’t spell league MVP, then I’m not sure what can top that!

(@CanuckJordan): The way the NHL weighs the MVP vote seems to solely depend on if one player’s efforts were instrumental in getting the team in the playoffs, not necessarily the best player in the league(regardless if they get destroyed in the first round). Jeff Veillette(@JeffVeillette) made a solid case the McDavid should have won last year given his impact on his team’s output when he was on the ice versus when he was off of it. The numbers were staggering. The league saw it otherwise though. So as much as I would agree that Pettersson is an unreal talent and the Canucks MVP without a doubt, I do not see him winning the MVP. There is just no way the Canucks make the playoffs this year. IF I am wrong, Petey can laugh in my face in Las Vegas when he is holding the Hart Trophy. 

(@MikeCincoSays): The NHL has a lot of unwritten rules about the awards and one of them is that the Hart cannot go to a player whose team did not qualify for the playoffs. Were that not a requirement, I think you could make a solid argument using counting stats, analytics and the good ol’ eye test to say he and McDavid are by far that most valuable members of their franchises. Alas, this is not Petey’s year for the Hart which actually may benefit the Canucks in the long run, him winning a Hart Trophy in his rookie season would make his first post-ELC contract even more daunting. 

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): Yes, he will get some consideration IF the Canucks make the playoffs. Even so, he will be hard pressed to win it given the outstanding seasons of other players like Nikita Kucherov, Nathan MacKinnon, and others. But, he is obviously very valuable to the Canucks in the same way that Connor McDavid is to the Oilers. My gut feeling is that Pettersson will win the Calder but not the Hart. He has plenty of years to win that one. 

Me(@nucksaid): I think whether he ends up in the discussion for the Hart or not, he’s definitely one of the Canucks MVPs this season. His pure unabated confidence each time he steps on the ice, gives the rest of the team a boost too, they all seem to play with more confidence and more cohesively when he is in the lineup. It’s pretty incredible to see a rookie(even if with the incredible season he had last year in Sweden), step into the NHL so seamlessly. Canucks fans were ecstatic to see him play so well last year but none of us could have imagined his seamless transition. If you haven’t had the chance to see him play live, DO IT, it’s truly something to behold.

Question 4: For years, Canucks fans have wanted to see a youth movement in Vancouver. This season, the kids have been leading the way. Which prospect/young player (outside of Pettersson), are you most excited about progressing? 

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): Quinn Hughes is obviously going to be great to watch. His skating is sick.

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): I’m really looking forward to seeing Quinn Hughes in our lineup very soon. 

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): I was about to say Dahlen when I suddenly remembered Hughes. There are probably 4 guys right now that I’m excited to see: Dahlen, Hughes, Demko and Juolevi. Hughes will probably be the biggest impact but it’s Dahlem that I’m excited to see next.

Josh Shettell(@shettell09): Lots of people will say Quinn Hughes as he’s dynamic but for me I really think Zack McEwen will turn a lot of heads as that power forward that the Canucks haven’t had since Todd Bertuzzi.

Michael Coleman(@1Michael Coleman): Sooooo many. Dahlen is top of my list though. I want to see him with Elias and Brock as the eventual top line. That being said, Quinn Hughes is the likely best dman we’ve ever had and he hasn’t even played a game yet. Goldy is worth staying the course with here. He has to learn the 200ft game but I can’t help but think playing with Pettersson is the best way to learn by being “in it”. Virtanen is becoming everything we hoped and I suspect he has more in him. Would love to know what he works on this Summer to come back even better than he is now(which is impressive). Palmu deserved a better sniff in Utica. He is tenacious and knows how to find the back of the net. I’d love to see him play with Roussel and Sutter(or Gaudette). The Nilsson trade means we finally get to see what Demko can do. And with Markstrom finally in a groove, we may have found the tandem we’ve missed since Luongo and Schneider. Honourable mentions go to Lind, Gadjovich, Madden, Dipietro, Juolevi and Woo. I’m happy Archibald is getting a fresh look. I’ve always liked that guy and hope he gets a real chance to play.

Paul Banwait(@PaulBanwait1): I’m looking forward to seeing Quinn Hughes. When he was drafted, Jim Benning and his staff said that we’ve hit a home run, and they’re absolutely right. Quinn Hughes is so dynamic with his skating, puck control and offensive ability. If you put him on a team which already has Pettersson, Boeser, and Horvat; then I think Canuck fans are going to see one of the best team’s in the city’s history. We have to give him some time, playing defense in the NHL is extremely difficult, but he held his own at last year’s World Championship, and he’s doing an amazing job World Juniors again this year. The sky is the limit for this guy.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): Brock Boeser! I love the way he plays! He’s actually one of my favourite Canucks at the moment.

canucklehead(@DougDdlee288): Virtanen has definitely got my attention. He has really been figuring out his game. Using his power and speed. Getting more mop time. Also seeing him start off OT is really showing that he has coaches believing in him.

Jon K(EaglesNucksFan): I’ve been a Jake Virtanen fan even before we drafted him. To see him play through adversity and slowly find his game has been a treat to watch. I don’t think this slow learning curve is a bad thing at all. Sometimes it just takes some patience.

(@tams3333): So many! I’m actually quite excited about Michael DiPietro. In the prospects games, he was letting kids take selfies with him through the glass. The fans already love him (as they do Woo). I think he has the potential to be a huge fan favourite along with Jett Woo.

Oscar(@oscarcanucks): I have something special with goalies, I truly believe in Canucks goalie prospect, Michael DiPietro. He’s let us see that he can do a lot over his journey so far, and I saw his journey with team Canada during the 2019 IIHF World Juniors.

(@SGopes1): I really liked what Gaudette did with his time here. Next year, I think he’ll definitely be a full time NHL-er. Also that will make one of our centres expendable. I think Sutter or defnitely Granlund could get traded to make room for him.

(@Hockeygrampa1): Quinn Hughes, but Jett Woo and others; thanks to great drafting by Jim, we have NEVER been so deep.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): I’m a fan of Kole Lind. I’ve seen him play in Kelowna and he was a fantastic player on that team. I know he’s been injured this season a lot but I can’t wait to see what he’s like healthy. I think he will make the Canucks in the near future.

(@JustinLai01): Other than Pettersson, I’m excited for Hughes and Demko to develop among some the other prospects in the system. Youth like Gaudette and even Virtanen continuing to have great years is something I’m excited to see.

Jeff A.(@TheGamerJeff91): I’m giving this one to Jake Virtanen. He’s been the subject of a lot of being labeled as a bad draft pick and so on. Like myself, the Canucks stayed patient and believe in him. Jake has been progressing real well and become a very good player with our team. Virtanen has real great speed and he drives hard to make that play to score. That makes me real excited. I’m giving an honourable mention to Ben Hutton here, he didn’t have the best season last year, though every player has that down year. Just like Virtanen, Hutton went right at it working hard in the off-season and it’s paying off big time.

(@CanuckJordan): The player I was starting to be the most excited about was Juolevi. It was such a bummer that he got hurt. maybe I have a soft spot for him because I feel for the guy as it appears that a majority of Canucks fans are already calling him a bust. I will admit that his injury luck is not helping his case either but it not his fault the Canucks drafted him when they did. We need to let go of the fact that we didn’t get Tkachuk and embrace him for the solid puck moving defenseman that he is shaping up to be. He is going to be good. Maybe not ELITE but good. You just don’t win every draft. To get Pettersson and Hughes back to back was an insane haul for us as a team. 

(@MikeCincoSays): There is no question that the greatest organizational need the Canucks currently face is the D-core. Luckily the Canucks seem to have a really dynamic player in Quinn Hughes coming down the pipeline. Would be interested in seeing him, if not at the end of this season, then at least at the start of the 2019-20 seaosn. He can be a game changer for the power play. Aside from Hughes; Juolevi, Rathbone, Brassard and Woo make that list for me. The Canucks can also use some more scoring outside of Bo, Brock and EP, so I would love to see Lind, Dahlen or Gaudette to show some flashes of offensive prowess but I am thinking this is what the 2019 first round pick will be focused on. 

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): I love Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser. And I’ve always been a big Jake Virtanen fan. But the one player that I’m most excited about is Quinn Hughes. We need some new blood on the blue line and he has everything that we’ve been lacking back there: offensive flair, outstanding skating, and creativity. I’m looking forward to him debuting in March. He will be the #1 d-man and powerplay quarterback that we’ve been hoping for. 

Me(@nucksaid): Jake Virtanen. I’ve been rooting for him since HIS draft and it has been an absolute delight to see him thrive this season. He’s had a ton of critics from day one and to see him take it all in stride, working hard in the off season, putting in the work consistently and leaving it all on the ice, he’s come a LONG way. Just over half way through the season and he’s on pace for a new career high in points. I’m also pretty excited to see how Demko will do with his latest call up and to get a chance to see how his game translates to the NHL after his stellar performances in Utica and his official debut last season. I’m also beyond excited to see what Hughes can do when he gets the nod on the blue line. This is first time in VERY long time that team has had such prospect depth. 

Question 5: Future Captain Bo? Seems to be the natural choice. Agree/Disagree. 

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): Agree. Calm, well spoken.

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): I agree. I think Bo will make an excellent captain, he is ready. 

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): Bo is the most obvious choice. I remember when Linden became captain. Bo reminds me of that time period. There are other good choices BUT Bo seems like the best choice.

Josh Shettell(@shettell09): No doubt that Bo Horvat is my future captain,  he’s the heart of this team on and off of the ice.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): Agree.Lots of leadership on this team but he’s clearly “the guy”. Elias is a leader but doesn’t need a letter. Same with a few others. I may give the C to Bo and have Beagle take an “A” as well as Quinn Hughes.

Paul Banwait(@PaulBanwait1): I agree, Bo Horvat will be named Captain next season, and he’ll do a great job. No matter role this guy has played since joining the Canucks, he’s done an excellent job. He seems to have been forever, and he’s only 23. He’s responsible at both ends of the ice, he elevates his game at key moments of the game, and he already carries himself as a leader. I think most Canucks fans agree that it belongs to him.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): Agree. 100%.

canucklehead(@DougDdlee288): Bo has definitely proven to me that that he will make a great captain. He has really worked on having a complete game. And has lead the team through some difficult stretches.

Jon K(EaglesNucksFan): Absolutely! Bo is the definition of a captain for me. Heart, hockey IQ & a great face of the team on and off of the ice.

(@tams3333): I’ve thought yes to Bo. I had a couple of thoughts regarding this. It reminds me of Kesler being touted as the next captain and it never coming to fruition. I don’t want that to happen to Bo, he clearly cares to be captain and a life long Canuck. I also think he the guy who will take a cross check to the face to score a playoff series winning goal. He reminds me of Linden and Steamer that “He will play! He will play on crutches!” quality.

Oscar(@oscarcanucks): Bo Horvat is a good choice as captain but Brock Boeser is also a good candidate to be the new captain for the Canucks. Let’s see what our Canucks coach Travis Green and team decide moving forward.

(@SGopes1): This is simple: AGREE!

(@Grampahockey1): I’m going to say, probably Bo but the way that Pettersson is playing and carrying himself, he can’t be taken out of the conversation.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): I agree. He’s a natural born leader. He is so good with the media and just has that personality for it. Part of me will be sad if he doesn’t get named captain.

(@JustinLai01): Before the season began, I absolutely believe that Bo is being groomed to be the next captain. He’s not necessarily the flashiest player but his skill and heart along with being a core piece of our future aids him well for being the captain. The captain of a team, isn’t always the player that scores the most points but brings about the professionalism, leadership and role model on and off the ice that translates to more than just goals and assists.

Jeff A.(@TheGamerJeff91): The growth in Bo Horvat’s game definitely makes him a lock for the captaincy. Work ethic and leading by example are some of the qualities he possesses.

(@CanuckJordan): Petey is the MVP but Horvat is the beating heart of this team. Period. Mentored by the Sedins, there is no one else that comes even close in my book. 

(@MikeCincoSays): If not Bo, then who? It’s pretty clear that Bo wants the job, from the way he acts during games and the way he conducts himself with the media, he is pretty much(in my eyes) acting as the defacto captain.

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): Without a doubt. He is among our hardest working players, he is very comfortable with the media, and most importantly: he wants to be the captain. He wants the responsibility and he is not afraid to be accountable. He is an outstanding leader both on and off the ice. And he was shown great improvement in his game from season to season. I’ve admired Bo ever since my son, Sean, got to caddy for him in the annual Jake Milford golf tournament back in 2015. Bo even let Sean drive the golf cart. Thankfully he didn’t crash it. #53HorvatMagic

Me(@nucksaid): Simply put, YES! Bo has become the face of the franchise over the last few years following in the foot steps of the Sedins on the ice but also off of it in the community. He’s really embraced that leadership role even more so now that the twins have retired. He’s poised and well spoken on any given day with the media (win or lose), he takes it all in stride. His composure and etiquette are exactly what you look for in a team captain. To me, he’s the natural choice. Yes, Brock and Petey are incredible, establishing themselves as franchise players but Bo is the heart of the team.

Question 6: Social media has become a place to engage with fellow hockey fans, your favourite players, voices of the game, and even your favourite teams. Canucks fans have adopted some memorable hastags: #BoKnows, #Scorevat, #TheFlow, #WalkWithElias, #MVPetey. Are there any more that Canucks fans should be adopting? 

Jenny Canuck(@getthepuckuout): My fave for teams that face Pettersson: #PeteySD. Maybe this one’s not so politically correct? But after seeing what he did against Ottawa…

Suleiman Damji(@SuleimanDamji): I can’t think of any to add to the list. 

Eric Bailey(@Bailey16): I’m not big at using the hashtags. Perhaps we need more fans claiming #GLCPC!

Josh Shettell(@shettell09): #Green4Jack deserves the coach of the year for the biggest turnaround of a franchise win or lose, he’s earned the respect of the players and most important, the fan base.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): These are all great! I’m personally not a big fan of #WeAreAllCanucks. I bring my skates and gear to every home game and have never been asked to skate a shift. Clearly some Canucks are more Canucks than others. How “Animal Farm” of you Canucks! LOL

Paul Banwait(@PaulBanwait1): Those are all good hashtags, I’ve seen some good ones. I really just use #Canucks, but it’s a good way to see what fans, media and players have to say about the game.

Artisia Wong(@artisia_wong): I don’t really know as I don’t use hashtags like that on twitter! I would have to start!

canucklehead(@DougDdlee288): I don’t use a lot of hashtags though I think that I will use some of these going forward. 

Jon K(EaglesNucksFan): #BrockStar, #BrocketLauncher, #JakeNBake, haha that’s all I got.

(@tams3333): I can’t take credit, as my partner @kathleenwong ages ago said, “I guess we’ll be seeing a lot of #Boesersson.”

Oscar(@oscarcanucks): I think you have most of the hashtags from social media about the Canucks. The only one I use the most is: #GoCanucks.

(@SGopes1): I think there are certain people on Twitter bringing a lot of negativity to Canucks management for the moves they make. Yes, no general manager is perfect and some acquisitions haven’t worked out yet. Also with the draft they question this team. It’s not his fault that Juolevi got hurt. I think that Benning has done a great job and I for one will starting using the hashtag: #ThanksBenning to counter the negativity from these people!

(@Grampahockey1): Just going with the Flow, no pun intended(well…maybe a little).

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): I think each player should have a hashtag or something that we can use during games.

(@JustinLai01): I’ve definitely enjoyed seeing the various sayings and trends on social media regarding this team and I have used some of the mentioned myself. I love when fans get creative and bring about new ones for fans to rally behind. I have one for the future when Quinn Hughes and the Canucks become a major force to contend with in the league. #HughestopByDemko #HughestonWeHaveAProblem. Bit cheesy now but the future is bright. Go Canucks Go!

(@TheGamerJeff91): I definitely love the #MVPetey and I hope to hear some cheers of #MVPetey in the crowd! I really like #BreakoutJake for Jake Virtanen, he was actually my pick for breakout player of the year and he’s certainly worthy of that!

(@CanuckJordan): Here would be my submissions(some are obviously already in circulation but not on the above list): #shotgunjake, #jakenbake, #dekeypete, #doyourdekes, and #simplytheboest.

(@MikeCincoSays): Those are certainly better than #Lose4Hughes and #playWacko4Kakko, so I’m all in for hashtags that actually support the team.

Clay Imoo(@CanuckClay): Absolutely. #GLCPC which stands for the Good Looking Canucks Positivity Club. I am the founder of this growing club, and Sarah is one of our lifelong members. There is no membership fee and no application process. All you need to be is good looking and positive. Now, I realize that both are subjective, and I know what your readers are thinking: at least Clay has the positive part down pat. In all seriousness, one of the drawbacks of Canucks Twitter is the amount of negativity. There are many people who like to criticize the players, coaches and management. Now tehre is nothing wrong with expressing your opinion. And I appreciate passion and zeal of most Canucks fans. But I think often times people are being negative for the sake of being negative. Or they don’t come up with their own informed opinions, rather they blindly follow and/or retweet popular media figures and personalities. My positivity isn’t a schtick…it’s who I am. Not just with the Canucks, but in life in general. The GLCPC has grown tremendously over the past few months. And it will only continue to grow as the Canucks continue to add more pieces. 

Me(@nucksaid): Even during the tough stretches, I’ll always find the silver lining in hockey and the Canucks. I tend to stay away from the negative hashtags but I’ve got a pretty long list of favourites to support the team, so I’ll add a few more: #RespectYourEdlers, #BoHeart, #BrockThisWay, #BrockStar, and #EtchAStech. 

That’s it for this edition of the Canucks Round Table! If you’d like to take part next time or down the road, OR if you have a question that you’d like included in the NEXT round table; find me on twitter(@nucksaid) or send me an e-mail( Special THANK-YOU to each and every person that took the time to be a part of this Round Table! [And if you’re not already following this group on twitter, please find their twitter handles above!]

As always, until next time nuck said. 

Sarah E.L.