Bruce Boudreau has confirmed to be fairly a unique head coach than Travis Inexperienced was for the Vancouver Canucks.
Now that you just’ve made it previous the “understatement of the yr” portion of this text, let’s dive into what we took away from day one among Vancouver Canucks coaching camp – when it comes to their lineup
Whereas it’s usually not sensible to throw out an entire lineup after simply sooner or later of coaching camp, Boudreau advised reporters Wednesday that his coaching camp philosophy is a bit completely different than what Canucks followers are used to.
After years of being advised to not learn into line rushes – even on recreation days – by former Canucks head coach Travis Inexperienced, Boudreau was candid in stating that he’d be placing collectively strains at coaching camp that he felt might play collectively within the common season.
“In tomorrow’s follow we’ll have no less than 4 strains that we’re hoping appear like opening evening,” Boudreau mentioned. “However the subsequent day they might all be modified, so who is aware of.”
“The robust one will probably be Sunday as a result of we’ve received to place two groups collectively and X quantity of veterans in every recreation. However within the preseason, no less than for the primary couple video games, the strains that we now have on the market we’re going to attempt to hold collectively as a unit. Fairly than saying, ‘Okay, J.T., you’re taking part in, however Boeser just isn’t taking part in so we’ll put one other man up’. I’m attempting to maintain the strains collectively to maintain some familiarity with them.”
“For instance, in Penticton, there was a line of Wouters, Klimovich, and Nielsen, and so they performed effectively collectively. So why wouldn’t I hold them collectively right here? So we’re going to do this.”
So with all that in thoughts, let’s dive into what strains we noticed on the ice in the present day in Whistler, in the very best order potential.
Right here’s what seems to be the present make up of the NHL ahead strains:
1st line: Tanner Pearson – J.T. Miller – Brock Boeser
2nd line: Conor Garland – Bo Horvat – Vasily Podkolzin
3rd line: Andrey Kuzmenko – Elias Pettersson – Ilya Mikheyev
4th line: Dakota Joshua – Jason Dickinson – Curtis Lazar
Probably the most obvious takeaway from the ahead strains is that Nils Höglander is at present on the surface wanting in relating to the NHL ahead group.
We’re undecided how a lot we must be studying into the strains that had AHL skaters on them when it comes to how seemingly we’re to see these strains out in Abbotsford on opening evening, however we will let you know that Höglander skated with Nils Åman and Linus Karlsson on what might very effectively be a prime six ahead line — if not the highest line altogether — in Abbotsford this season.
The group believes in each Karlsson and Åman, and can need each gamers to take main strides of their growth this season out in Abbotsford, and it’s very potential that they’ll need the identical for Höglander.
Admittedly, it’s slightly harder to level on the defence pairings and attempt to dub any of them as the primary, second and third NHL pairing, however these are those we noticed in the present day:
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Quinn Hughes
Danny DeKeyser – Tyler Myers
Jack Rathbone – Luke Schenn
Travis Dermott – Tucker Poolman
Quinn Hughes was stapled to the best aspect in the present day, and sure will probably be for the foreseeable future because the Canucks proceed to see what they’ve in Hughes on his reverse aspect.
Danny DeKeyser, who joined the Canucks on a PTO, regarded high-quality subsequent to Tyler Myers within the scrimmage. He made easy passes and didn’t attempt to do something too flashy. DeKeyser did miss a large open web after a slick feed from Elias Pettersson throughout the scrimmage, which definitely wasn’t the very best look, however general, DeKeyser regarded high-quality in the present day.
The Canucks are clearly hoping that Jack Rathbone can discover Quinn Hughes-like success by taking part in alongside Luke Schenn. Rathbone clearly isn’t as gifted as Hughes, however he does must be the first puck mover on any pairing he performs on, and Schenn is definitely no stranger to taking part in with a companion who that’s the case with.
All in all, it’s very potential that this could possibly be the Canucks’ opening evening lineup, however it’s extra potential that we see some new line combos experimented with as coaching camp and the preseason continues.
Boudreau did insinuate that he has limitless line mixture potentialities in his head, in any case.
When requested what number of completely different line combos he has in thoughts, the coach had a considerably tongue-in-cheek response.
“How excessive a quantity are you able to suppose?”
“The one factor I actually know is that we wish to begin with Bo, Petey, and J.T. up the center. All people else, we’ve had lineups the place they’re taking part in the left aspect and the best aspect,” Boudreau mentioned in regards to the staff’s ahead depth. “I speak to all of them about how they like taking part in, or if I plan on transferring them to a unique spot.”
See you tomorrow, Canucks followers!