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Craig Berube was officially named head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday afternoon, the first major development in a summer full of renovations. Berube was Toronto’s preferred choice all along, although the club did interview Gerard Gallant and Todd McLellan, which amounted to nothing more than due diligence.

Berube will be introduced formally Tuesday morning during a press conference and from there, the spectrum of first impressions will be cast across Canada’s sports media ecosystem. For the time being, it appears that Berube is Sheldon Keefe’s polar opposite, both tactically and stylistically.

There are many complexities in the modern NHL and as sportswriters, we tend to minimize the scale and difficulty required to maximize the strengths of a professional franchise. Toronto’s eight-year outlook has been rather simple, however: it is a hypertalented offensive group led by a perennial MVP candidate in Auston Matthews that can shoot the lights out during the regular season but fails to create meaningful chances during the postseason, while the power play falters with regularity.

Berube won’t have a honeymoon period and he’s not looking for one, either. A veteran of 1,054 NHL games, Berube represents a bridge between Babcock and Keefe’s strengths and pedigrees. Berube was a ferocious enforcer during his playing career, one of the most penalized players of all-time and he won’t hesitate to call out his stars, while Keefe was often protective of his players to a fault. Babcock never came close to playing in the NHL and though he won a Stanley Cup like Berube — along with two Olympic gold medals, he was eventually tuned out as his motivational tactics bordered on abuse.

Keefe, if you recall, was considered to be an in-house replacement for Mike Babcock, while being lauded for his ability to develop young players through his stellar track record with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. He was young, relatable, player-friendly and in theory, represented a shift from Mike Babcock’s hardline, autocratic style of coaching that wore the core out. Keefe largely succeeded during the regular season — his .665 winning percentage through five regular seasons will almost certainly ensure that he lands another head coaching gig in the NHL, potentially this fall.

The 43-year-old was well-liked by his players and Toronto led the NHL in 5-on-5 goals during the 2023-24 campaign, so you could make the argument that he did maximize the team’s offensive talent during the regular season. Keefe ran through 104 forward combinations during the regular season, then failed to adjust, before reverting to a hyper-defensive style of play that was antithetical to his team’s strengths in a seven-game series against the Boston Bruins.

Berube is best known for leading the St. Louis Blues to the Cup in 2019, helping the team engineer a worst-to-first turnaround during the course of the same season. He gained a reputation for operating a defensively-sound system, but that very well could’ve been the byproduct of the Blues’ roster: more simply, Berube is going to be afforded with weapons he never had with the Blues. It’ll be compelling to see what he has in store for Matthews, a 69-goal scorer that plays Selke-calibre defense and perhaps we’ll witness something analogous to Steve Yzerman’s mid-career renaissance, turning the Core Four’s offensive firebrand into a well-rounded structure that leads to championships. Or just one championship, really. If Berube leads the team to one Stanley Cup, he’ll become a deity in Toronto. That has to be the allure of this high-pressured job, one would imagine.

Toronto got its man, widely considered to be the best candidate on the market. It doesn’t necessarily mean Berube enters with an unimpeachable resume — he’s an above-average coach in the NHL, but pretending as if he’s heading to the Hall of Fame just yet doesn’t help Berube, the organization, or the media corps — ourselves included — in providing a fair assessment. We’ll learn more about Berube on Tuesday afternoon but for the time being, it appears that he’s Keefe’s polar opposite.

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Date: 05/18/2024
Player: Maxence Dedreux (F)
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Date: 05/18/2024
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Nikolaj Ehlers might just be officially on the trade block. This news is no longer a secret after various reports online appear to hint at the Jets looking to trade Ehlers before the 2024 NHL draft. I’m someone who would still like the Jets to find a way to keep Ehlers if possible, but I’m beginning to understand that it might make more sense for the Jets to make a deal this summer. I’ve already started seeing plenty of fans from other teams saying how thrilled they would be if their team acquired Ehlers. I thought about trying my go at some Nikolaj Ehlers mock trades, but I figured it would be best to stick to something a little more in my toolbox, which is possible trade destinations. If you need a refresher on Ehlers’ stats while with the Jets, check out his Hockey DB page.

I took to Jets Nation Instagram / X to poll Jets fans on which of the 3 teams I will be talking about as possible destinations for Ehlers could bring back the best return (results are currently pending). Those 3 teams, which I will go each into a little detail coming up here are: the Ottawa Senators, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Buffalo Sabres. There’s probably going to be a lot of teams that pick up the phone to try to acquire Ehlers if he really is available, but these are 3 somewhat realistic options of teams that could make a deal that would make sense both for themselves and for the Jets. I’ll be focusing not just on which team could provide the best return, but I’ll also look at the overall picture of why it might make sense for the Jets to acquire what they’ll need to make a trade work for both sides.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators had themselves another disappointing year to put it lightly. They’re a team that’s trying to get out of the rebuilding phase and push for a playoff spot. Some of the pieces on their current roster have been great, while others haven’t really worked out the best. One player that the Jets could be interested in from the Senators in a trade for Ehlers could be Jakob Chychrun. He’s a 26-year old left-handed defence who will be a free agent in 2025. With the Senators already locked in with 2 other great left-handed defence in Thomas Chabot and Jake Sanderson, plus the Jets likely losing a key left-handed defence in Brenden Dillon, the move could very well work for both teams. The Senators prospect pool isn’t as deep as it was before, but they still have some options if the Jets want to go for a trade to acquire a near-ready prospect and draft picks for Ehlers. Overall, the Senators could be a pretty flexible suitor to work with on an Ehlers trade.

Carolina Hurricanes

Ah, the Hurricanes, a team that just got eliminated last night in game 6 of their close 2nd round matchup against the New York Rangers. The Hurricanes are still very much going to be contenders next season no doubt, but some moves will have to be made with their current roster. Rumours broke today that the Hurricanes will likely let Martin Necas and Brett Pesce go to free agency in order to try to sign Jake Guentzel. The Hurricanes have a sneaky good prospect pool for a contending team, and would certainly have a few prospects that could intrigue the Jets. The Hurricanes also have some proven unrestricted free agents that could also be dealt in a sign-and-trade type of deal. The Hurricanes are a bit more crunched for salary cap than a team like the Ottawa Senators are at the moment, so the Jets would need to make sure a potential Ehlers deal with the Hurricanes makes sense money wise for both sides. Overall, the Hurricanes have both some ready and soon to be ready options that could provide a good return in exchange for Ehlers.

Buffalo Sabres

Last but not least, the Buffalo Sabres, who are in a somewhat similar situation as the Senators are in terms of trying to push for a playoff spot. The Sabres came up short again this season and hold the longest active playoff drought in the NHL. That being said, they have probably one of the most exciting groups of young players in the NHL, the list just seems to go on and on for them. The Sabres already have most of their young talent locked up for many years to come, but they have still have a few very solid options that could make sense in a Ehlers trade. I didn’t name anyone in particular for the Hurricanes because they’re going to have a lot of unknowns this off-season, but one player that could fit the Jets team if the Sabres don’t re-sign him is young defenceman Bowen Byram. It might be tough to acquire Byram, but he’s just one option that the Jets could potentially look to acquire for Ehlers. The Sabres, despite already being loaded with young talent on their roster, still have a very solid prospect pool of players that could be impactful players in the NHL. While the Jets will likely go for a trade option with Ehlers that helps their team now, if they go for the prospects and picks route it could work out better with a team like the Sabres. Overall, the Sabres have plenty of young talent that the Jets could be interested in acquiring for Ehlers that could help their team next season.

Which of these 3 teams do you think would be the best fit to make a trade with for Nikolaj Ehlers? Getting the best return is surely the top priority, and the Jets will want to make sure that a potential deal works for them both now and in the future if a key player such as Ehlers is dealt. It’ll be an interesting month or so ahead to see if Ehlers is dealt before the draft, and if not he’ll either potentially be moved in the off-season or prior to next season’s NHL trade deadline.

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Date: 05/18/2024
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It probably goes without saying that there’s not a ton of love between the Calgary Flames – or their fans – and the Vancouver Canucks or Edmonton Oilers. When the Canucks and Oilers were set to face each other in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, many fans asked themselves if it were possible for neither team to win the series.

But with the Canucks able to eliminate the Oilers on Saturday night, the Flames have a distinct rooting interest that’s related to their many (many) 2024 conditional draft choices.

The conditional pick that’s in flux is related to the Elias Lindholm trade at the end of January. The Flames sent Lindholm to Vancouver in exchange for Andrei Kuzmenko, the rights to prospects Joni Jurmo and Hunter Brzustewicz, Vancouver’s 2024 first-round pick, and a conditional fourth-round pick.

If Vancouver beats Edmonton and advances to the Western Conference Final, the Flames will receive Vancouver’s third-round pick – it’ll be somewhere between 94th and 97th overall. If Edmonton beats Vancouver, the Flames will instead receive New Jersey’s fourth-round pick – 107th overall. (The Canucks acquired New Jersey’s pick when they traded Curtis Lazar to the Devils in 2023, and the Canucks committed to send the Flames the earlier of their two fourth-rounders, their own or New Jersey’s, in the Lindholm trade.)

The Canucks advancing would also impact the placement of the first-round pick they sent the Flames. If the Canucks make the Western Conference Final, the pick they sent Calgary would be somewhere between 29th and 32nd overall. If they don’t make the Western Conference Final, that pick would be 27th or 28th overall.

In short: if the Canucks eliminate the Oilers, the Flames get a better conditional pick from the Canucks (moving up by 10 to 13 picks) but the first-round pick they received from the Canucks would slide back by between two and five spots. Suffice it to say, the Flames’ scouting staff are probably cheering for Vancouver. (Begrudgingly.)

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Date: 05/18/2024
Player: Antoni Dziurdzia (F)
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On yesterday’s episode of Canucks Conversation, David Quadrelli and Harman Dayal discussed the Canucks’ MVP in the second round of the playoffs. 

Vancouver is coming off a huge game 5 win over the Oilers to take a 3-2 series lead, heading back to Edmonton for game six on Saturday night. With a new-look lineup, the Canucks played one of, if not their best games of the postseason, limiting the Oilers to just 12 shots in the 2nd and 3rd periods while applying pressure on both ends of the ice. 

CanucksArmy posted a poll on X asking fans their opinion on this round’s MVP:

J.T. Miller- 34%

Arturs Silovs- 54% 

Brock Boeser- 12%

“There’s a great case to be made for Silovs, but it’s hard to go away from J.T. Miller on this one,” said Quads. “The Canucks haven’t given up a goal to Connor McDavid at five-on-five with Miller on the ice.”

“On top of that, he’s been producing,” Harm agreed. “Even if he’s only scored a couple times, he has a ton of primary assists, so you’re getting the offence out of him. Maybe it’s recency bias coming from a monster game five performance, but I was definitely leaning towards Miller for being a two-way workhorse and still finding ways to manufacture offence in the most taxing situation you can deploy a forward in, which is to shadow Connor McDavid.”

Miller has done an incredible job in his part of shutting down McDavid, who is having one of the worst playoff series of his career.

Miller took a different approach going into game 5 after saying he and his line had been playing “not to get scored on” against Draisaitl and McDavid, and that they were giving Edmonton’s top gunners too much respect.

The change was evident, as McDavid’s line was held to just 2 shots at five-on-five against Miller’s line. The extra energy seemed to echo throughout the lineup as well. Edmonton had 5 powerplay opportunities and failed to convert on one of them, after coming into the game with a historically efficient man advantage percentage. 

“They were way more aggressive, pressuring players on the flanks and up top,” Harm noted. “Teddy Blueger had a monster game on the P.K. On the first three Edmonton power plays, they started the P.K. by winning the draw and getting the initial clear, that helps so much relative to if you lose that draw and they can get set up right away. Edmonton was bobbling pucks. They weren’t sharp or crisp enough, not on the same page as each other. Another thing the Canucks did was not allow any cross-seam passes; that east-west was completely taken away.”

You can watch the full replay of yesterday’s show in the video below:

Be sure to check out the live show Monday-Friday at 2 PM!

The show can be found on the CanucksArmy YouTube channel and the CanucksArmy Twitter account here. Clips of the show are also posted daily to the CanucksArmy YouTube channel, which you can find by clicking here.

The show is also available in podcast format around 3 PM every day wherever you get your podcasts! Be sure to subscribe to the CanucksArmy YouTube channel, and join in on the fun with the live chat!

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Date: 05/18/2024
Player: Kacper Macias (D)
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Date: 05/18/2024
Player: James Isaacs (D)
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Craig Berube was officially named head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday afternoon, the first major development in a summer full of renovations. Berube was Toronto’s preferred choice all along, although the club did interview Gerard Gallant and Todd McLellan, which amounted to nothing more than due diligence.

Berube will be introduced formally Tuesday morning during a press conference and from there, the spectrum of first impressions will be cast across Canada’s sports media ecosystem. For the time being, it appears that Berube is Sheldon Keefe’s polar opposite, both tactically and stylistically.

There are many complexities in the modern NHL and as sportswriters, we tend to minimize the scale and difficulty required to maximize the strengths of a professional franchise. Toronto’s eight-year outlook has been rather simple, however: it is a hypertalented offensive group led by a perennial MVP candidate in Auston Matthews that can shoot the lights out during the regular season but fails to create meaningful chances during the postseason, while the power play falters with regularity.

Berube won’t have a honeymoon period and he’s not looking for one, either. A veteran of 1,054 NHL games, Berube represents a bridge between Babcock and Keefe’s strengths and pedigrees. Berube was a ferocious enforcer during his playing career, one of the most penalized players of all-time and he won’t hesitate to call out his stars, while Keefe was often protective of his players to a fault. Babcock never came close to playing in the NHL and though he won a Stanley Cup like Berube — along with two Olympic gold medals, he was eventually tuned out as his motivational tactics bordered on abuse.

Keefe, if you recall, was considered to be an in-house replacement for Mike Babcock, while being lauded for his ability to develop young players through his stellar track record with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. He was young, relatable, player-friendly and in theory, represented a shift from Mike Babcock’s hardline, autocratic style of coaching that wore the core out. Keefe largely succeeded during the regular season — his .665 winning percentage through five regular seasons will almost certainly ensure that he lands another head coaching gig in the NHL, potentially this fall.

The 43-year-old was well-liked by his players and Toronto led the NHL in 5-on-5 goals during the 2023-24 campaign, so you could make the argument that he did maximize the team’s offensive talent during the regular season. Keefe ran through 104 forward combinations during the regular season, then failed to adjust, before reverting to a hyper-defensive style of play that was antithetical to his team’s strengths in a seven-game series against the Boston Bruins.

Berube is best known for leading the St. Louis Blues to the Cup in 2019, helping the team engineer a worst-to-first turnaround during the course of the same season. He gained a reputation for operating a defensively-sound system, but that very well could’ve been the byproduct of the Blues’ roster: more simply, Berube is going to be afforded with weapons he never had with the Blues. It’ll be compelling to see what he has in store for Matthews, a 69-goal scorer that plays Selke-calibre defense and perhaps we’ll witness something analogous to Steve Yzerman’s mid-career renaissance, turning the Core Four’s offensive firebrand into a well-rounded structure that leads to championships. Or just one championship, really. If Berube leads the team to one Stanley Cup, he’ll become a deity in Toronto. That has to be the allure of this high-pressured job, one would imagine.

Toronto got its man, widely considered to be the best candidate on the market. It doesn’t necessarily mean Berube enters with an unimpeachable resume — he’s an above-average coach in the NHL, but pretending as if he’s heading to the Hall of Fame just yet doesn’t help Berube, the organization, or the media corps — ourselves included — in providing a fair assessment. We’ll learn more about Berube on Tuesday afternoon but for the time being, it appears that he’s Keefe’s polar opposite.

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Date: 05/18/2024
Player: Maxence Dedreux (F)
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Date: 05/18/2024
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Nikolaj Ehlers might just be officially on the trade block. This news is no longer a secret after various reports online appear to hint at the Jets looking to trade Ehlers before the 2024 NHL draft. I’m someone who would still like the Jets to find a way to keep Ehlers if possible, but I’m beginning to understand that it might make more sense for the Jets to make a deal this summer. I’ve already started seeing plenty of fans from other teams saying how thrilled they would be if their team acquired Ehlers. I thought about trying my go at some Nikolaj Ehlers mock trades, but I figured it would be best to stick to something a little more in my toolbox, which is possible trade destinations. If you need a refresher on Ehlers’ stats while with the Jets, check out his Hockey DB page.

I took to Jets Nation Instagram / X to poll Jets fans on which of the 3 teams I will be talking about as possible destinations for Ehlers could bring back the best return (results are currently pending). Those 3 teams, which I will go each into a little detail coming up here are: the Ottawa Senators, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Buffalo Sabres. There’s probably going to be a lot of teams that pick up the phone to try to acquire Ehlers if he really is available, but these are 3 somewhat realistic options of teams that could make a deal that would make sense both for themselves and for the Jets. I’ll be focusing not just on which team could provide the best return, but I’ll also look at the overall picture of why it might make sense for the Jets to acquire what they’ll need to make a trade work for both sides.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators had themselves another disappointing year to put it lightly. They’re a team that’s trying to get out of the rebuilding phase and push for a playoff spot. Some of the pieces on their current roster have been great, while others haven’t really worked out the best. One player that the Jets could be interested in from the Senators in a trade for Ehlers could be Jakob Chychrun. He’s a 26-year old left-handed defence who will be a free agent in 2025. With the Senators already locked in with 2 other great left-handed defence in Thomas Chabot and Jake Sanderson, plus the Jets likely losing a key left-handed defence in Brenden Dillon, the move could very well work for both teams. The Senators prospect pool isn’t as deep as it was before, but they still have some options if the Jets want to go for a trade to acquire a near-ready prospect and draft picks for Ehlers. Overall, the Senators could be a pretty flexible suitor to work with on an Ehlers trade.

Carolina Hurricanes

Ah, the Hurricanes, a team that just got eliminated last night in game 6 of their close 2nd round matchup against the New York Rangers. The Hurricanes are still very much going to be contenders next season no doubt, but some moves will have to be made with their current roster. Rumours broke today that the Hurricanes will likely let Martin Necas and Brett Pesce go to free agency in order to try to sign Jake Guentzel. The Hurricanes have a sneaky good prospect pool for a contending team, and would certainly have a few prospects that could intrigue the Jets. The Hurricanes also have some proven unrestricted free agents that could also be dealt in a sign-and-trade type of deal. The Hurricanes are a bit more crunched for salary cap than a team like the Ottawa Senators are at the moment, so the Jets would need to make sure a potential Ehlers deal with the Hurricanes makes sense money wise for both sides. Overall, the Hurricanes have both some ready and soon to be ready options that could provide a good return in exchange for Ehlers.

Buffalo Sabres

Last but not least, the Buffalo Sabres, who are in a somewhat similar situation as the Senators are in terms of trying to push for a playoff spot. The Sabres came up short again this season and hold the longest active playoff drought in the NHL. That being said, they have probably one of the most exciting groups of young players in the NHL, the list just seems to go on and on for them. The Sabres already have most of their young talent locked up for many years to come, but they have still have a few very solid options that could make sense in a Ehlers trade. I didn’t name anyone in particular for the Hurricanes because they’re going to have a lot of unknowns this off-season, but one player that could fit the Jets team if the Sabres don’t re-sign him is young defenceman Bowen Byram. It might be tough to acquire Byram, but he’s just one option that the Jets could potentially look to acquire for Ehlers. The Sabres, despite already being loaded with young talent on their roster, still have a very solid prospect pool of players that could be impactful players in the NHL. While the Jets will likely go for a trade option with Ehlers that helps their team now, if they go for the prospects and picks route it could work out better with a team like the Sabres. Overall, the Sabres have plenty of young talent that the Jets could be interested in acquiring for Ehlers that could help their team next season.

Which of these 3 teams do you think would be the best fit to make a trade with for Nikolaj Ehlers? Getting the best return is surely the top priority, and the Jets will want to make sure that a potential deal works for them both now and in the future if a key player such as Ehlers is dealt. It’ll be an interesting month or so ahead to see if Ehlers is dealt before the draft, and if not he’ll either potentially be moved in the off-season or prior to next season’s NHL trade deadline.

JETS NATION PRESENTED BY BETWAY

 

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Date: 05/18/2024
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It probably goes without saying that there’s not a ton of love between the Calgary Flames – or their fans – and the Vancouver Canucks or Edmonton Oilers. When the Canucks and Oilers were set to face each other in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, many fans asked themselves if it were possible for neither team to win the series.

But with the Canucks able to eliminate the Oilers on Saturday night, the Flames have a distinct rooting interest that’s related to their many (many) 2024 conditional draft choices.

The conditional pick that’s in flux is related to the Elias Lindholm trade at the end of January. The Flames sent Lindholm to Vancouver in exchange for Andrei Kuzmenko, the rights to prospects Joni Jurmo and Hunter Brzustewicz, Vancouver’s 2024 first-round pick, and a conditional fourth-round pick.

If Vancouver beats Edmonton and advances to the Western Conference Final, the Flames will receive Vancouver’s third-round pick – it’ll be somewhere between 94th and 97th overall. If Edmonton beats Vancouver, the Flames will instead receive New Jersey’s fourth-round pick – 107th overall. (The Canucks acquired New Jersey’s pick when they traded Curtis Lazar to the Devils in 2023, and the Canucks committed to send the Flames the earlier of their two fourth-rounders, their own or New Jersey’s, in the Lindholm trade.)

The Canucks advancing would also impact the placement of the first-round pick they sent the Flames. If the Canucks make the Western Conference Final, the pick they sent Calgary would be somewhere between 29th and 32nd overall. If they don’t make the Western Conference Final, that pick would be 27th or 28th overall.

In short: if the Canucks eliminate the Oilers, the Flames get a better conditional pick from the Canucks (moving up by 10 to 13 picks) but the first-round pick they received from the Canucks would slide back by between two and five spots. Suffice it to say, the Flames’ scouting staff are probably cheering for Vancouver. (Begrudgingly.)

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Date: 05/18/2024
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On yesterday’s episode of Canucks Conversation, David Quadrelli and Harman Dayal discussed the Canucks’ MVP in the second round of the playoffs. 

Vancouver is coming off a huge game 5 win over the Oilers to take a 3-2 series lead, heading back to Edmonton for game six on Saturday night. With a new-look lineup, the Canucks played one of, if not their best games of the postseason, limiting the Oilers to just 12 shots in the 2nd and 3rd periods while applying pressure on both ends of the ice. 

CanucksArmy posted a poll on X asking fans their opinion on this round’s MVP:

J.T. Miller- 34%

Arturs Silovs- 54% 

Brock Boeser- 12%

“There’s a great case to be made for Silovs, but it’s hard to go away from J.T. Miller on this one,” said Quads. “The Canucks haven’t given up a goal to Connor McDavid at five-on-five with Miller on the ice.”

“On top of that, he’s been producing,” Harm agreed. “Even if he’s only scored a couple times, he has a ton of primary assists, so you’re getting the offence out of him. Maybe it’s recency bias coming from a monster game five performance, but I was definitely leaning towards Miller for being a two-way workhorse and still finding ways to manufacture offence in the most taxing situation you can deploy a forward in, which is to shadow Connor McDavid.”

Miller has done an incredible job in his part of shutting down McDavid, who is having one of the worst playoff series of his career.

Miller took a different approach going into game 5 after saying he and his line had been playing “not to get scored on” against Draisaitl and McDavid, and that they were giving Edmonton’s top gunners too much respect.

The change was evident, as McDavid’s line was held to just 2 shots at five-on-five against Miller’s line. The extra energy seemed to echo throughout the lineup as well. Edmonton had 5 powerplay opportunities and failed to convert on one of them, after coming into the game with a historically efficient man advantage percentage. 

“They were way more aggressive, pressuring players on the flanks and up top,” Harm noted. “Teddy Blueger had a monster game on the P.K. On the first three Edmonton power plays, they started the P.K. by winning the draw and getting the initial clear, that helps so much relative to if you lose that draw and they can get set up right away. Edmonton was bobbling pucks. They weren’t sharp or crisp enough, not on the same page as each other. Another thing the Canucks did was not allow any cross-seam passes; that east-west was completely taken away.”

You can watch the full replay of yesterday’s show in the video below:

Be sure to check out the live show Monday-Friday at 2 PM!

The show can be found on the CanucksArmy YouTube channel and the CanucksArmy Twitter account here. Clips of the show are also posted daily to the CanucksArmy YouTube channel, which you can find by clicking here.

The show is also available in podcast format around 3 PM every day wherever you get your podcasts! Be sure to subscribe to the CanucksArmy YouTube channel, and join in on the fun with the live chat!

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Date: 05/18/2024
Player: Kacper Macias (D)
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Date: 05/18/2024
Player: James Isaacs (D)
From: Edinburgh Capitals
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