2018-19 Season: And then it was DONE.

Can you believe it? Here we stand at the end of the 2018-2019 NHL season? Did anyone’s bracket survive all the playoff upsets? Congratulations to the St.Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins on one heck of a Stanley Cup Final and to St.Louis for winning their first ever championship. There’s nothing quite like seeing a team win their first championship, its pure magic. Enjoy every single moment St.Louis, you earned it!

If you had said with the way that Tampa Bay had dominated the regular season that they would be swept in the first round, not many would have believed that to be possible. The playoffs are their own beast to tackle, and as we’ve seen this year, can contain many surprises and incredible stories of endurance. From Columbus pulling off one of the biggest upsets to Carolina making it to the Conference Finals to Chara playing despite having a broken jaw to the St.Louis Blues for completing their incredible season with the storybook ending, it was a post season to remember.

Now begins my least favourite part of the year: the off-season. How do you get your hockey fix in the off-season? Do you watch the DaBeauty League featuring many current NHL players, AHL players, college/pro players? Or keep an eye on the Australian Ice Hockey League that takes place over the summer? Or do you prefer the take a full hockey break until the puck drops on the new season?

Hard to believe as quick as it came, the season has now ended. Sometimes it feels like the post-season never ends and then suddenly the end has arrived, and yet it all begins again with many young players arriving to to upcoming NHL Draft June 21st-22nd hoping to hear their names called as they take the next step in their hockey careers.

If you’re at the draft, I’ll see you there! Stay tuned here and on twitter(@nucksaid) for many draft updates and a behind scenes look at the draft!

As always, until next time, nuck said.

Sarah E.L.

 

 

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Canucks Round Table (Vol.3)

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 3rd edition of the Canucks Round Table feature on Nucksaid.

1)What was your favourite Canucks highlight from the 2018-19 campaign?

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): My favourite Canucks highlight was Elias Pettersson. My favourite game of his was the Colorado one that went to overtime. My favourite play in that game was the bounce pass off of the boards. I enjoyed watching Pettersson create offense this year and I wonder what it will look like as he continues to adjust to the pro game. #GLCPC

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): That no look pass from Petey to Boeser is probably my favourite highlight of the season, but the first pass out of the zone on his first shift by Quinn Hughes is also up there. Definitely not as magical on its own but right then and there, I knew that I was looking at the best Dman to ever where a Canucks jersey(eventually –I know he needs more time).

Jeff A.(@TheGamerJeff91): Petey’s 5-point game vs. the Avs. You and I both couldn’t believe we witnessed something so great.

Jon(@EaglesNucksFan): For me, it was Pettersson taking the reigns and proving a lot of negative fans/media wrong.

(@Grampahockey1): I would have to say that the penalty shot Pettersson scored on comes to mind 1st, but there were others when fans wanted Quinn Hughes to be on the 1st power play unit and made the 2nd one look like the 1st unit.

Dave Noordam(@DaveNoordam): Two favourite highlights. First, Boeser’s goal vs. Colorado off the end boards from Petey. Second, Boeser going out of his way to fist bump the kid singing the national anthem on Canucks Autism night.

Matthew Zator(@SwaggyCanuck): I am torn between Pettersson’s first NHL goal, hat trick and the Colorado game where he had 5 points.

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Elias Pettersson’s first goal on his first shot during his first regular season game at home. Ushered in a new era for the Canucks.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): Honestly, the rise of the “core four”. I wasn’t expecting to see instant chemistry right away from Petey & Boeser! They blew me away with their hockey IQ and their ability to make plays out of nothing. Also, seeing Horvat take on more of a leadership role has me more excited for what the future holds for him, and lastly the beginning of an amazing career for Hughes! I was shocked by how good this kid is, and we only a taste!

Me(@nucksaid): It’s a mix of a few moments for me. From witnessing Elias Pettersson’s first goal or his 5-point game vs. Colorado and his shootout goal against New Jersey. The creativity already in his arsenal as a rookie, has been sensational to witness.

2)Now that the dust has settled from the draft lottery, who would you like to see the Canucks draft at 10th?

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): I’ve heard a bunch of names: Boldy, Caufield, Soderstrom, etc. But I have no clue. Given what they have done in the past, my hope and anticipation is high for who they’ll pick. I also wonder if they might trade up a few picks to get a better pick. I could have never imagined the trade that created the Horvat pick. I wonder what this draft will hold.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): I am torn. I want someone who can jump in right away but the RIGHT answer(IMHO) is to draft the player with the highest upside. I like Boldy is Byram is gone(and he should be), but I also like Newhook and Soderstrom. Ultimately, it depends on what moves we think we can make this year and next and where we can address needs outside of the draft. The bigger question that is tethered to the draft pick(IMHO) is what contracts can we move this off season, so we have more room for a top 6 forward or top 2 D?

Jeff A. (@TheGamerJeff91): I’m not sure, I don’t know the prospects that well. I’ve heard a Swedish defenseman is a good choice. Hmm…*thinks of Edler, Ohlund, Hedman, Karlsson, Ekman-Larsson.*

Jon(@EaglesNucksFan): A lot of names out there. If we go defense, Soderstrom could take over on the right side for years to come. Forward, I would see a winger like Zegras, Boldy or Krebs.

(@Grampahockey1): I would like to see a right-handed defense-man which we really need, so Soderstrom would be my choice.

Dave Noordam(@DaveNoordam): If he somehow slips, I would like to see Kirby Dach, otherwise Boldy or Krebs. I think Dach is the skilled right handed centre that the Canucks need.

Matthew Zator(@SwaggyCanuck): Either Caufield or Boldy.

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Cole Caufield. Scoring and skill packaged in a smaller stature, but plays bigger than his size. Plays hard and an impact player. Played on a line with Jack Hughes so that should have helped his development playing with elite talent.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): I honestly, don’t care! Having a top 10 pick in the draft is something pretty special and I can’t wait to see who he is!

Me(@nucksaid): There will be some great players available, ideally I’d love to see the team draft either Boldy, Caufield or Soderstrom. Depending on the position that the team prioritizes on drafting needs, any of the three would be a great addition to the team. Regardless of who the team drafts, I’m excited to see that player grow over time.

3)With being unable to root for the Canucks in the playoffs, who are you rooting for/hoping to see win the Cup?(Or did your bracket bust with Tampa/Calgary being ousted?)

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): I made a bracket and linked it to a Canucks group. I am not doing well. My Stanley Cup prediction is hanging by a thread because the Nashville Predators struggled. Columbus on the other hand has progressed. Once the first round ends, I’ll have to pick new teams for the rest as my picks are losing so far.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): I love how Colorado plays. But I only cheer for (1)Canucks and then (2)hockey in general. LOL.

Jeff A. (@TheGamerJeff91): My bracket totally busted. That’s the fun of it though, I’m going with the Sharks or Hurricanes.

Jon(@EaglesNucksFans): A lot of underdogs this year, which is pretty cool to see. At this point, anyone but the Leafs. Blues have been knocking at the door for years and after the season just had, would be great to see them win it all.

(@Grampahockey1): Well, I don’t really cheer for anymore, it’s more that I want a certain team to lose, so whoever wins is good unless its Toronto, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington or Vegas. So things are good now.

Dave Noordam(@DaveNoordam): I’ve always loved Carolina and many of their players so I was rooting for them from the start. I actually predicted TB to lose in the second round and Calgary to get knocked out by Colorado. I got 5 of 8 in the first round of my original bracket(Colorado, St.Louis, Boston, Isles and Carolina…although I admit I only picked Carolina because I was rooting for them…I didn’t think they would actually win).

Matthew Zator(@SwaggyCanuck): I would like Columbus or Carolina to win the Cup. My bracket was busted when Tampa was eliminated, I had them winning it all!

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Columbus Blue Jackets. Would love for Torts to win another cup and especially with his brief yet colourful history with the Canucks.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): Well, my bracket got busted(thanks for nothing: Tampa and Calgary!), but I have to take Carolina in the East and Colorado in the West.

Me(@nucksaid): In general, I don’t make a bracket, but I do make a few predictions every year for each round with my family. I did predict a few upsets, but Tampa was the one I got wrong…I knew Columbus would be a challenge but expected it be 6 games with Tampa prevailing; full credit to Columbus on that series. As for the playoffs, it’s been said by some that the season is waste with all of the upsets in the first round BUT personally, I think it’s been great to see. Sure, it would’ve been great to see Tampa follow up their historic season with a great run, but you can’t say that seeing underdog teams like Columbus and Carolina go on runs isn’t exciting. Unpredictable maybe, but it’s entertaining as all get out. As for who I’d like to see win it all, if I can’t root for my Canucks, I can’t help but root for Carolina; what they’ve done this year to truly make the sentiment “hockey is for everyone” actually true, has been remarkable.

4)With there being 6 Canucks now officially announced as taking part in the World Championship, will you be watching the tournament?

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): Unless I find a feed somewhere, I don’t think I’ll see much. I’m interested in how the Canucks players do and I’ll look to see the scores but that’s about it.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): Absolutely. With or without Canucks.

Jeff A. (@TheGamerJeff91): I do want to but with the time differences, I really can’t.

Jon (@EaglesNucksFan): I’ll try!

(@Grampahockey1): Absolutely.

Dave Noordam(@DaveNoordam): I’ve always watched the World Championships regardless of if Canucks are represented because I love international hockey…but I will always root for Canada first(go Stecher!), then Sweden(go Petey & Marky). As much as I like Hughes and Demko, I can’t cheer for team USA.

Matthew Zator(@SwaggyCanuck): Definitely! Any chance I can get to see more EP40 and Quinn Hughes.

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Sweden highlights for sure!

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): Because of the time difference, I don’t think I will be watching any, but I will be keeping my eye on the tournament and seeing how all of our Canucks do.

Me(@nucksaid): More chances to see a few Canucks still playing hockey and to watch mroe hockey in general? It’s not even a question, I’ll be watching as often as I’m able and taking in any Canucks highlights.

5)With many young players taking steps forward this season, who are you most excited to see take another step further in the upcoming season?

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): The obvious choices are the progression of Boeser, Pettersson and to see how Hughes is going to do. I am also looking forward to see the progression of Kole Lind. I remember him being a possible first round pick who fell to the second round. I think he’ll have a really good year in Utica, then make the team the year after. Kole Lind’s continued development will help to ease the worry about development.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): Boeser and Petey are the obvious choices, but I am curious to see if Hutton or Stecher have another gear in them or if Jake comes back as a legit number 2 winger.

Jeff A. (@TheGamerJeff91): It will be interesting to see Petey’s second season in Vancouver. I’m excited to see what Brock does though with a healthy off season, that should be interesting.

Jon(EaglesNucksFan): Hughes. We got a glimpse of what he can bring to the table at the end of the season. Another summer/training camp for Quinn will be very beneficial.

(@Grampahockey1): Has to be Jett Woo.

Dave Noordam(@DaveNoordam): I’m most interested to see if Brock can build upon this season and a full healthy summer, and to see if Petey can avoid the sophomore slump.

Matthew Zator(@SwaggyCanuck): I am excited to see Pettersson take another step and Hughes. I am looking forward to seeing Hughes for a full season.

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Jake Virtanen. I believe he is trending in the right direction and if he stays healthy playing close to 75-games, could hit the 20-goal mark next season; an all around contributor to the success of the team.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): I want to see how Petey follows up his amazing rookie performance! It’s crazy to think that he’s not even in his prime yet, and I think we’re going to see something very special next season.

Me(@nucksaid): After getting to see a glimpse of what Quinn Hughes can do in the final 5 games of the season, I can’t wait to see what he can bring to a full season. Also excited to see a follow up from Pettersson’s rookie season and if he channels his inner Bure all the way into his second year. And who else can’t wait to see what Brock can bring with a full healthy off-season come October? (Also can you imagine even more OT hockey featuring Petey, Boeser and Hughes?!)

6)What is one thing you’d like to see the league improve upon?

Eric Bailey(@EBailey16): Officiating. While I’d like the league to call the rules, I’d also like it be more consistent. I don’t know to fix that but that’s what I’d like.

Michael Coleman(@1MichaelColeman): Point system. Go to the 3 point system. 3– win, 2– OT win, 1– tie (and yes ties are okay), 0– loss of any kind.

Jeff A. (@TheGamerJeff91): There are many things. Major changes to the waivers system is one. Though, I have to go with better and more consistent officiating. It’s a league wide issue and hurting the integrity of some of the games.

Jon (EaglesNucksFan): Player safety. Way too inconsistent and we need to protect the athletes.

(@Grampahockey1): Consistency in penalty calling, especially goal-tender interference, but I hold little hope with the league having the will to fix it.

Dave Noordam(@DaveNoordam): I would like to see a change in the draft and playoff format, and link the 2 together. My ideal situation(when there are 32 teams) would have teams 1-5 in each conference get in(regardless of divisional standing). Then there would be 4 play in games: 6 vs. 13, 7 vs. 12, 8 vs. 9, and 10 vs. 11. The highest 2 seeded winners would get the 6th and 7th seed, and the 2 lower seeded winners would play one more game with the winner getting the 8th seed.

As for the draft, teams 14-16 in each conference(teams who don’t get to play the ‘play in games’) will get to pick 1-6, to be chosen randomly with each getting an EQUAL shot at number 1. The 4 losing teams in each conference from the first set of play in games will get to pick 7-14, again, randomly chosen with EQUAL odds. After the first round of the playoffs, the 8 losing teams will be randomly selected(again for equal odds) for the picks 17-24…so if the President’s Trophy winner is ousted, they could pick as high as 17. After the second round of the playoffs, the 4 losing teams get to pick 25-28, again randomly selected. After the third round, the 2 losers would get to pick 29th and 30th(once again randomly selected). The last two picks will be the Stanley Cup winner at 32 and the runner up at 31.

I really feel this is the only way to avoid teams tanking or certain “fans” clamouring for the team to tank. The only negative thing is it would effectively kill the trade deadline(dealing for picks only) and force teams to make mostly hockey trades(which is good but there will be far fewer trades).

Matthew Zator(@SwaggyCanuck): I would like them to improve upon the officiating and the overtime format. I would really like the shootout to be eliminated and have them play 3-on-3 until a goal is scored.

Marc Josef(@marc_josef): Consistency in officiating. Also, if the Canucks are a lottery team again…the transparency in the draft position lottery, similar to the NBA.

Brieann Knorr(@BrieannKnorr): Without question, goalie interference and consistent reffing.

Me(@nucksaid): Consistency in officiating and from the NHL Player Safety department. Infractions and their punishment shouldn’t be redefined based on the player or from game to game; it should be consistent regardless of who the player is or the team they play for, league wide.

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(nucksaid@gmail.com). 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.

Vancouver Canucks: Calder Consideration

It was speculated all season long but now it’s officially official: Elias Pettersson has been nominated for the Calder Trophy. He’s up against Jordan Binnington(St.Louis) and Rasmus Dahlin(Buffalo), two players who have also made quite a mark in their own rookie seasons for their respective teams.

This post however is all about Pettersson. Not to take away from either of the other candidates, but what Pettersson did for the Canucks was remarkable. From the moment he was drafted in 2017, his doubters and critics were convinced he was the wrong choice. Last season, he racked up all the records playing in Sweden and turning heads but still leaving many wondering if he could translate that success in the NHL. He changed the mindset of his early critics from the media to the fans and that of his teammates as he eased into the first year of his NHL career with the poise of a veteran.

From his very first game, he hushed any doubts that anyone had about him being able to play in the league. Every game when he was on the ice, whether he scored a goal or not, his vision of the game was something to behold. Every shift, he had fans on the edge of their seats, and every goal/assist scored, he brought them to their feet.

Can we talk about his FIRST NHL goal and the reaction he had to hearing the crowd’s thunderous ovation?

Or how about that magic he dished to Boeser against the Avs when he channeled his inner Sedinery? I have to tell you, being in the arena for this game and witnessing Pettersson’s 5-point night was all kinds of incredible.

Or his penalty shot goal vs. Nashville?

Or his first career hat trick that included the OT game winning goal?!

Or the fact that as a rookie, he had THIS move in his shootout arsenal?!

Insane, yes? Pettersson plays with a quiet confidence and energy that he passes along to his teammates. His confidence was contagious among his teammates and re-ignited a hope for the team’s future among the fans.

Those are only a few of a myriad of Pettersson highlights this past season. What an incredible opening to his career, giving Canucks and hockey fans a glimpse of what’s to come. This is only the beginning, the kid is something special. When it comes down to the award, I hope that it’s Pettersson’s name being called in June but it’s a tough competitive trio this year yet again. Whether he wins the Calder or not, he made Canucks fans beyond proud with his inaugural season.

As always, until next time, nuck said.

Sarah E.L.

Vancouver Canucks: Through The Looking Glass

There are a lot of things you can say about the Vancouver Canucks and the fact that their season has once again ended before the post-season. And trust me, I’ve heard that and many other takes on this season, largely leaning towards the negative. And I’m sure there will be many more that debate the season that was, just remember that those debates do not tell the whole story. So yes, in summary while there are no playoffs, there were still some great moments and glimpses of what is to come in the near future.

This season was one that most wrote off before the puck had even dropped. Many said that without the Sedins, the season would be a lost cause. Yes, the season has come to an end but it was not a write off or a lost cause. This season was all about growth and development of the young core. This season was a massive step forward, one that saw the youth lead the way and ignite passion back into Canucks nation.

For myself, rather than focus on the draft lottery that is out of my control I’m going to look back on some standout and personal favourite moments from this season. Let’s start at the beginning, the first goal of the year scored by none other than rookie sensation, Elias Pettersson:

His first goal, on his first shot in his first game. It was thunderous in the arena when he scored that goal. The crowd loved it and his reaction to hearing his name being chanted by the crowd was priceless. To say, he set a high standard and lit hope anew in Canucks fans is putting it lightly.

October was also memorable because it marked bringing my Grandpa to his first ever Canucks game. He got to pick the opponent and chose the game versus the Boston Bruins.

What a game that was! The Canucks won with an overtime goal from Bo Horvat. It’s a game and a goal that my grandpa STILL talks about 6 months later and is already planning coming up for another one! It’s a game that I’ll always remember and carry with me.

November 2. How can we forget about that epic back and forth game between two young teams? A night that saw Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser combine for NINE points in a 7-6 OT win. Down 5-6 in the final minutes, Pettersson did what he does best, dug deep, got what seemed like an impossible goal, bringing that crowd to their feet…not to mention that BANK pass goal set up for Boeser that screamed SEDINERY:

And what about that penalty shot goal versus Nashville?!

Sensational right? Crazy to think that prior to the season many wondered if he could have success at the NHL level. Any doubters have since been silenced by his finesse on the ice.

Hat tricks are always a treat to see AND Canucks fans were treated to not one BUT two from two of their most promising players in Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson. Boeser scored his second hat trick versus St.Louis when him and Pettersson combined for EIGHT points. Pettersson’s first career hat trick capped off an overtime victory versus Ottawa. Their chemistry on and off of the ice this season has been a treat to see develop.

Games against Toronto on home ice are always entertaining and bring out a crowd that is usually 50% Canucks fans and 50% Leafs fans. This year did not disappoint, it was a very split crowd. For 40 minutes the Leafs were in control, until the Canucks found a way to tie it due to a stellar performance from Markstrom and setting up an exciting overtime game winning goal from Alex Edler.

Speaking of Edler, I know he takes a lot of heat from fans but nothing can take away from him becoming the ALL-TIME leading scorer on the blue line in Canucks history and surpassing fellow Swede, Mattias Ohlund in the franchise record book. He’s given a lot to this team over years and that should be noted and appreciated.(Heart and soul player).

Another heart and soul player that gave his all was Chris Higgins. He scored some memorable goals during his time here and it was a pleasure to get the chance to meet him and talk about his time as a player.

One of my favourite parts of the season is always getting to see the Canucks play on/around my birthday. Every year, we pick the game that is either on my birthday or closest to it, and my family gets geared up and attends the game. This year was no exception. As per tradition, we got tickets, and another birthday was spent in the rink.

Win or lose, I always enjoy the game. This year was no exception with a great pace, an electrifying OT session followed by a shootout that featured THIS ridiculous #DekeyPete goal:

It may not have been the winner BUT THAT GOAL IS ALL KINDS WIZARDRY. How many players will try that Forsberg move their first year in the league?!  As if that goal wasn’t enough to make the game memorable, THIS happened:

(You know your favourite team gets you when their birthday surprise for you includes a signed puck from your favourite player!).

We have to talk about the continued progression of Bo Horvat who has evolved from his draft year into a true leader on and off this season. This season he picked up the mantle left behind by the Sedins and carried it proudly and set a new career high in points(61). Every interview, every game, in the community, he was the epitome of a class act and embraced the role as captain even without the official title. (It’s pretty unanimous among Canucks nation that he will be named the next Captain of the team).

Elias Pettersson brings the arena to his feet every single time he makes a dazzling play but he’s not the only rookie turning the heads and hearts of Canucks fans. Highly tauted Quinn Hughes made his debut over the final games and gave the fans a glimpse of his ease skating, playing with/without the puck, and quieted any question of whether he was ready to jump to the NHL level. The best part since he debuted, was seeing him with Pettersson and Boeser in overtime dominating in breathtaking fashion…I could definitely get used to seeing those three play together for years to come!

This post wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t talk about Markstrom taking his game to a new level this season, particularly since December. It was remarkable to see him embrace his position and tune out the critics. He kept the Canucks in many games, like one of his final games of the year versus Dallas in which he made 46 saves INCLUDING 8 in the shoot out. His progression has given the Canucks room to not rush Thatcher Demko as he continues to grow in his game. By the end of the season, Demko seemed to have settled in and looks to take another step forward next season.

How fitting is it that Elias Pettersson scored the Canucks opening and closing goals of the season? Full circle for the Calder leading rookie.

Sure the season was far from perfect but it was a massive step forward that saw competitive games down the stretch and gave a glimpse of a very promising future for the team’s new emerging core. The future looks bright, are you ready for what comes next?

Stay tuned for upcoming ROUND TABLE discussions, draft updates and coverage throughout the offseason! See you all at the Draft in June!

As always, until next time, nuck said.

Sarah E.L.

Vancouver Canucks: Fan Confessional

When people find out that I’m a hockey fan, and a Vancouver Canucks fan in particular it’s met with a myriad of responses. One of the most common is: “Really, you like hockey? And you root for the Canucks? Are you sure you are a hockey fan, you know they’ve never won the Stanley Cup, right? Sure, they had that great run in 2011, but they came up short, why keep supporting them? If you do, that must mean you’re on team tank, right?”

So, let me settle this once and for all. Am I aware of who I’m rooting for? Yes. Do I know that they’ve never won the cup before? Yes. And no, I don’t need you to tell me the stats of my team or attempt to talk me out of rooting for them. Yes. that 2011 run was absolute magic and I really thought that would be their year, when it wasn’t it broke my heart completely but it didn’t end my being a fan of the team. And whether or not they are in the playoff hunt now or in April, I will never EVER be on team tank, rooting against my team goes against the grain for me. That said, everyone defines for themselves what being a fan means, and having a different perspective doesn’t make either of us wrong.

Falling in love with the game was slow and sudden all at once. Before you knew it, I was learning not just the current stats and roster players but learning all I could about the team’s history and the game itself. It was seeing the return of Trevor Linden, the rise of the West Coast Express followed by the emergence of the Sedins, Kesler, Burrows, Bieksa and the impeccable play of Roberto Luongo that completely captured my heart. From Naslund and Bertuzzi dominating to the Sedins making seamless plays that took the league by storm, there was no looking back.

I know that even so, many will point out that the Canucks have never won a cup and maybe even throw a few jabs at some former players. Trust me, I’ve heard all the insults/jabs/below the belt comments about my team, it’s nothing new. And no, while I haven’t been lucky enough to see my team hoist the Stanley Cup, just yet, I’ve still been pretty lucky to witness some incredible hockey moments and players over the years.

The West Coast Express of Naslund, Bertuzzi and Morrison helped launch this team into a competitive upswing that inspired players and fans. Every time they were on the ice, you could anticipate an exciting rush or play was upcoming, it was electric.

Alex Burrows, known to most around the league as a pest and agitator but in Vancouver, we defined him as the heart and soul of our team. His determination and tenacity was something truly special. He went from a fourth liner to his bond with Luc Bourdon to him honouring his friend with every goal he scored to eventually becoming an “honourary” triplet when playing on the top line with Henrik and Daniel. Never drafted, he defined what heart meant to this city with his knack for timely goals and will forever be our dragon slayer.

Kevin Bieksa may not get as much recognition because he never won the big NHL awards but he was a tenured blue liner for this team. He was loyal and fiercely competitive and his interviews were ALWAYS gold. Perhaps his biggest triumph is his fight for the importance of mental health awareness in honour of Rick Rypien and those who continue to battle their issues every day. Some things are bigger than hockey.

Ryan Kesler. Yes, these days he gets some of the loudest boos when hes in town but there was a time when he too was a part of the heart and soul on this team. He thrived on helping the team with some big goals while being a pest to his opponents and we all know he loved a good chirp. He may be seen as the enemy by many these days but there’s no denying that he did A LOT for this team while he was here.

Roberto Luongo. A player who often took the heat when it wasn’t always fair or deserved. He didn’t need people to tell him it was his fault on an off-game or series, he almost always took the blame even if it wasn’t always true. His on ice compete level is almost as impressive as his work off the ice in the community. He’s a fierce competitor that lead this team to the playoffs in 6 of his 8 seasons here, including that incredible 2011 run. Let’s not forget that he’s still the leader in most wins in Canucks history. His time here may have ended on a bit of a sour note, but regardless of what some will argue, he’s one of THE best goalies to have ever played for the Canucks

The Sedins, where do I even begin?! The Sedins gave EVERYTHING they had to this city for 18+ years. Sure their first couple of years were tough but they took it all in stride and will go down as two of the greatest players to ever suit up for the Canucks. To those on the outside, you never really got to fully appreciate what we saw on a daily basis, two brothers redefining hockey plays left and right. The way they could read each other on the ice was something truly amazing to witness. Back to back scoring titles, and each surpassing 1000 NHL points, along with their incredible community work, the Sedins left behind a legacy that will always be appreciated. A future call from the Hockey Hall of Fame seems to be not too far down the line for these two Swedish dynamos.

And now, we are getting a glimpse at the future with a new young core is emerging. Bo Horvat, as the (unofficial) team captain seems to have picked up where the Sedins left off with being a leader on and off of the ice. He spent the last four seasons being mentored by the Sedins and it’s showing in his play, his dealing with the media daily, his interactions with the fans and his work within the community. And if you somehow haven’t yet seen the Brock and Petey show on display this season, let me enlighten you. Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson have reignited a fire in Canucks fans this season with their dynamic play and Sedin-like vision on the ice when playing together. And can we talk about the pure magic that is Elias Pettersson’s rookie season?!

Yes, it’s true that this season hasn’t been perfect BUT that in no way means that I’ll stop supporting them this season or beyond. They’ve got my heart 24/7/365. And I know that may make me seem a little crazy to some or naive but I assure you it doesn’t. I’m more than aware of the current state of my team and their stats, all it means is that we may have a different perspective on them and the game itself.

I can still remember what it was like to be in the arena for the first time, from anthems to puck drop to the final buzzer, I remember it all; it was magic. I can honestly say, that I still feel that same magic every time I’m at the rink.

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(nucksaid@gmail.com). 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.

Vancouver Canucks: An Ode to Elias #MVPetey

There’s no denying that, this season, Elias Pettersson has completely changed the story when it comes to the Vancouver Canucks. And as the season has continued, social media has exploded with every Pettersson highlight as he edges closer to tying/passing the Canucks rookie scoring record set by Pavel Bure.

So without further ado, this post is for Petey!

Elias,

What can I say to possibly properly convey just what you have done and meant to the Canucks this season?

What a season it has been for Canucks fans to see you elevate the game to an entirely  new level. The critics voiced their concern from the moment you were drafted and you seemed to tune it all out having a record setting season in Sweden last year. We had heard all about your incredible season last year but we still had no idea what to expect when you joined the Canucks full time.

Sure, we had high hopes and perhaps that was unfair to you as you hadn’t even had a chance to play a game at Rogers Arena yet. No one was sure if the hype of last season could possibly live up to reality and yet it has. It’s been even more than we could’ve possibly imagined.

From that very first shift, to that incredible shot, to that first goal on home ice that brought the crowd off our feet and the cheers raining down to your incredible consistency as the season has progressed. It’s been absolutely unreal. in the best way possible.

This season was supposed to be a disaster on every level but your confidence has completely changed the narrative. Your confidence raises your teammates confidence. Maybe not every night is perfect, but it’s always a battle and you never give up, always giving the team a chance to stay in a game or maybe even steal the game.

On behalf of Canucks nation, thank-you hardly seems enough for igniting new life into a new young Canucks core. You’ve changed the negative narrative into one that is full of hope for the future and whispers of #MVPetey growing ever louder as the season continues.

Here’s to a heck of a final stretch for you and the rest of the team! This is only the beginning and I can’t wait to see the rest of your career unfold!

Sarah.E.L.