Canucks have a good deal of do the job still left to do in the rebuild.
The disparity involving these two groups was apparent on the ice — and on the stats sheet.
It’s been a huge yr for Troy Stecher and Ben Hutton, who both equally by way of their participate in and by way of circumstance, have come to be vital gamers in Travis Green’s very thin blue-line.
They played a ton. And they experienced for it: VGK experienced 40 shot attempts to the Canucks’ web.
(In some way in all that the Canucks managed 20 the other way.)
Which is an astoundingly poor selection. Which is not genuinely just about those two it is about how the Canucks defended as a complete. How they had been hopeless defending the paint. How they had been poor in breaking up Vegas’ zone entries. How poor they had been in placing on down-ice pressure.
The game was mostly one-way traffic and it was a stark reminder of how much improvement the Canucks still require.
By the way: Vegas has 20 wins at home. Not all of that is about pure hockey talent. It can’t be.
I imagined on Thursday that irrespective of all the things, at minimum the Canucks’ breakouts had been searching much better. I credited the obvious addition by subtraction moves this week.
Sunday was not one for that file.
The Canucks had been slow with the puck and could not finish numerous passes. Want to get in on the other team’s target? Enter the zone with velocity and possession.
Which is not going on right now.
Hutton’s ice time
Considering that the commencing of February, no defenceman in the NHL has played additional minutes for each game than Ben Hutton.
On this night, he played just shy of 25 minutes at even power.
Spouse Troy Stecher was right driving him.
Which is a ton of minutes to be thrown at any player. I asked Eco-friendly publish-game if he was worried about how numerous minutes he was obtaining to toss at his youthful blue-liners.
“A tiny little bit,” he explained.
That he’s leaning so intensely on the duo speaks both equally to how important Alex Edler — who was on at even power for 19:42 in this one — and Chris Tanev have been for this squad.
But it is also a assertion about depth. Equally a excellent defencemen but both equally are almost certainly staying asked to punch earlier mentioned their excess weight as leading-pairing defencemen.
In every single game there is a wrinkle
Pearson, Goldobin, Biega.
The three Canucks who actually finished the game with positive shot-attempt differentials.
What is up with Boeser?
Points are not functioning for the winger.
He was brutal at even power.
He has no zip in his skating stride and you’ve found the meagre excellent of his shot recently, which is a far cry from the laser he was firing from The Place previous yr.
(His previous two plans, scored 8 and 9 video games in the past, had been a waffling shot past Morgan Jones in San Jose and a faucet-in on a good go by Adam Gaudette from LA.)
Boeser is a limited cost-free agent this summer, with no arbitration rights. He’s on 21 plans. Large raise coming? Tricky to see it now.
When the relaxation of the lineup wherever mostly buried alive, Edler and spouse Alex Biega tried out gamely to make matters occur.
Biega was positive in shot attempts, Edler was -5 but in relative terms far much better than most.
His benefit to this workforce continues to be obvious.
Edler manufactured it obvious on Saturday that he’d like to keep in Vancouver.
He didn’t say it, but you know the sticking point for him in a new agreement will be obtaining a no-motion vs. no-trade clause. If you think his inquire is a three-yr offer, the previous suggests he’d have to be guarded in the looming Seattle expansion draft in 2021. The latter doesn’t. (The revenue appears to be significantly less important than the terms.)
Loved ones is important to him. Vancouver is his home, he informed me, it is wherever he’s developed as an adult.
It’s really hard to visualize the Canucks not re-signing him, supplied how important he is to the existing squad and irrespective of the odds of him declining in efficiency supplied his age.
But if he walks, that modifications the complete dynamic on the blue line.
Summer time options
On Friday I wrote an merchandise about what the Canucks require to form out about the previous thirty day period of the year and into the summer.
GM Jim Benning has previously manufactured it obvious he’s heading to be energetic this summer chasing defencemen. You can bet they’ll be searching to chase Erik Karlsson — game-changer, how do you not? — and Tyler Myers — he’s not as excellent as you consider but his perceived talent set is one thing that Benning has clearly valued in the past.
The other huge title out there is Jake Gardiner. You know the Leafs would like to signal him, but they’re facing a cap crunch.
Two of these three names would be smart additions. They can skate and shift the puck. Which is what this workforce terribly requirements additional of.
Anyway, on leading of all this, Quinn Hughes coming aboard and Olli Juolevi, dependent on his recovery, right driving him, the still left facet of the Canucks’ defence all of a sudden looks tight.
Could Hutton, who requirements a new agreement this summer, be a trade chip? He’s a limited cost-free agent but supplied the year he’s experienced, he’s heading to get a raise.
Yes, about the Terrific Wolverine Hope.
Michigan are in the Large 10 playoffs this coming weekend. If they lose their sequence to Minnesota, their year is about.
He could signal after that.
There will be 13 video games still left for the Canucks after this weekend.
If he performs additional than 9, he’ll be suitable for the expansion draft. I’m assuming the Canucks will get treatment to make absolutely sure he will come underneath the bar.
The youthful gentleman can skate. He’s bought a feisty edge far too.
How speedily can he modify to the NHL game?
An additional agreement imagined
Brandon Sutter has a modified no-trade clause commencing this summer (it was a complete no-trade for the very first three seasons, such as this one). Given all the things, you think the Canucks would like to have Adam Gaudette in the NHL up coming year. That suggests both Sutter or Beagle has to go.
Beagle’s agreement could be far too very long, but he’s been much better than Sutter this year, even if he’s an offensive black gap.
So, definitely, Sutter is heading to be a trade chip. He will not bring much back again supplied how poor his year was in terms of damage and in how he played when he was in the lineup.
Ottawa, Friedman notes, is heading to be in a cap crunch. His agreement would help their scenario.
But you also determine Ottawa would be on his no-trade list, so scratch that.
Pre-game for Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury led his workforce out on the ice, as most starting up goalies do. He then was one of the previous gamers off the ice…suggesting it’s possible he was not starting up.
But it turns out this is what he does. He just enjoys staying on the ice. He enjoys warmup. He participates in the previous-puck drill all groups do throughout warmup, wherever all the skaters converge on the web and try out to conquer the goalie from in tight.
Commonly that task is reserved for the backup netminder, but not in Fleury’s property.
His figures have slipped back again to league typical this year, but he was amazing previous year. Dave Prior, the goalie mentor with VGK, is credited with encouraging the ex-Penguins goaler re-find out his game after a down 2016-17. (Prior has a fairly awesome very first-year story he just about died of a coronary heart assault at the rink.)
In-game for Fleury
Points bought so uninteresting for Fleury in the 3rd that at one point he was stretching on the ice to preserve himself prepared. At that point, the Canucks experienced managed one shot.
They managed 5 shots in all in the 3rd.
Quote of the night
Travis Eco-friendly was very frank about his workforce.
“That’s a hard workforce to mentor from, they’ve bought four lines that are huge and robust and their fourth line dominated every single line that we set out from them,” he explained. “You’ve bought to want the puck in this sort of game, we experienced some men who weren’t hungry enough to be sincere.”