Puck wizard Nils Hoglander has been one of the more exciting story lines of the Vancouver Canucks’ training camp this past week. He has flourished while being consistently paired with Bo Horvat throughout the camp. As such, there exists now the consensus opinion that he has proven himself worthy of a role in the team’s top six to start the 2020-21 NHL season. The team’s closest observers this week have raved about his performance at camp thus far. Since his selection by the Canucks, 40th overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft, he has piqued everybody’s interest with his play in the Swedish Hockey League and in international play.
Until yesterday, however, the public had yet to witness him in a game situation at Rogers Arena.
After months of anticipation and speculation about his future role with the Canucks, the general public was finally able to observe and analyze the play of Hoglander during a live broadcast of the Canucks’ final scrimmage on Saturday night.
With less than a day’s worth of publicity to promote the broadcast, few may have been aware that this live stream was taking place. There were additionally some technical difficulties along the way. The video broadcast featured no audio in the first period, but the play-by-play was restored in the second frame. Many questioned why the stream was not broadcast on YouTube or Twitch. The video stream, simulcast on Twitter and Periscope, peaked with approximately 3,500 viewers.
For those who missed it, and for those who wish to study Nils Hoglander’s game further, today we present his full performance in Saturday’s scrimmage.
Hoglander wore #36 for Team White in the match and spent most of his time on a line with Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson.
There is much to be excited about as Wednesday’s season opener draws near. We invite you to check out Nils Hoglander’s performance yesterday in the Vancouver Canucks’ final tuneup before the big show.