Where do you see the team using the new guys at Fwd? I would like to see them try Ferland with EP and BB and then Miller could play with BH and TP to spread out the offence. JTM or BH could also be the extra fwd on PP1. Or could Miller play as a 3C?
— Mark Harrop (@mharrop71) August 4, 2019
So much has been made of the need to get Bo Horvat a winger for the past couple of years that I find it difficult to imagine Miller starting anywhere other than on his wing. Long-term, I think the team will see more success with him as the third line centre, allowing the team to finally join the rest of the league in the 21st century and get scoring from their entire top nine.
Here’s what I expect the opening night lineup to look like (assuming Eriksson is either traded or waived and no additional trades are made):
Ferland – Pettersson – Boeser
Miller – Horvat – Pearson
Baertschi – Sutter – Roussel
Motte – Beagle – Leivo
Here’s what my opening night lineup would look like:
Goldobin – Petterson – Boeser
Baertschi – Horvat – Pearson
Ferland – Miller – Roussel
Virtanen – Beagle – Leivo
Was Paul Fenton just Jim Benning with a much shorter leash?
— Gabriel Riviere-Reid (@G_R_R) August 4, 2019
Yes and no. The comparison is fair, (both were perceived as being good at scouting, but not much else,) but the circumstances are different. For one, Benning’s Canucks made the playoffs in his first year as GM, and the Wild didn’t last season. The attitude surrounding both men in their home markets has differed, too. Minnesota is seen as a team spinning their wheels, with no direction, while the disposition of the fans and media in Vancouver is much sunnier and optimistic. That matters just as much, if not more than the actual decisions that were made by the two men during their tenures as GMs of their respective teams.
Which NHL player, if available for trade, would you give up Petey for (assuming NMC and NTC are waived)?
— Concerned (cat) parent (@cat_concerned) August 4, 2019
The only players I know for certain I couldn’t turn down in trade for Elias Pettersson are Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Nathan MacKinnon, Jack Eichel, and Rasmus Dahlin, because they are the only players I can say with some level of certainty should be both likely to be demonstrably more valuable than Pettersson over the course of their careers and young enough to still be in their prime when the Canucks finally round the corner towards playoff contention. There are other players out there, but these are the only players I would feel confident saying “yes” to without much thought.
Will JD ever get love from canuck twitter?
— mike higashi (@hirokidude) August 4, 2019
I think a lot of people like JD, it’s just that he’s a polarizing figure and the most vocal people you see are always going to be the people who dislike someone. He also says a lot of things he knows will piss a lot of people off, and the mob responds about the way you’d expect them to. The fact that he’s landed himself a full-time gig as the managing editor of Elite Prospects should be an indication that he gets plenty of love.
Top 3 playes in the league right now ?
— Johl21 (@johal_21) August 4, 2019
It depends on the parameters. Do we have to factor in age, position, or health? Are we talking “best” as in “most talented” or “most valuable”? What I can say is that, when healthy, these are the three players that I think are the league’s biggest difference-makers:
- Connor McDavid
- Sidney Crosby
- Erik Karlsson
is drance coming back?
— kwin hüz (@riotsurvivor) August 4, 2019
Considering how much he’s raised his profile over the past few years, and the fact that he already had a gig as a contributor for Rogers Sportsnet at the time of his departure, I’d say returning to CanucksArmy would be a massive step down for Thom, much as I’d love to see it happen. My guess is he takes a full-time media gig, perhaps returning to Sportsnet or joining the Athletic; but I haven’t heard anything.
What do your D pairs look like to start the season?
— Markus Meyer (@Markus_Meyer27) August 4, 2019
What I would go with:
Edler – Myers
Hughes – Stecher
Benn – Tanev
What will actually happen:
Edler – Tanev
Hughes – Myers
Benn – Stecher
Would it make sense to send Louis Erikson (and maybe Sutter or Scheller) and their contracts, along with Quinn Hughes, to New Jersey for an attractive package of players and prospects? Get cap room and a package from among Butcher, Ty Smith, Jesper Borquist, Severson, Blackwood?
— Peter (@Peter357911) August 4, 2019
To be honest, even if something like this would be fair value, (I really, really like Ty Smith as a prospect,) trading Quinn Hughes would completely defeat the purpose of getting rid of Eriksson’s contract. Making sure there’s enough cap space for Pettersson and Hughes extensions is the whole reason fans are so concerned about Eriksson’s contract in the first place.
Who are the reply guys on the Canucks
— Gnarly Race (@bookofloob) August 4, 2019
Jake Virtanen is far and away the most obvious candidate, considering how much of an overlap their is between reply guys and DM sliders, and the fact that a bunch of his most recent tweets literally are replies. I also get serious reply guy vibes from Quinn Hughes, though I can’t quite put my finger on why.
Adam Gaudette is a possibility, too; although I’d say he’s more of a “create dozens of alts for the purpose of harassing and/or doxxing people you don’t agree with” kind of guy.
What I can say for certain is that Alex Edler is definitely not a reply guy. He has almost certainly never used twitter and probably doesn’t even reply to people when they talk to him in real life.