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Wake With Elias: Podkolzin time & what about the blueline?

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Where does he fit in with the team next year?

Switzerland v Russia: Ice Hockey Friendly
Vasily Podkolzin #92 of Russia looks on during the Ice Hockey International Friendly game between Switzerland and Russia at Tissot-Arena on May 1, 2021 in Biel, Switzerland.
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While we ponder just how far off the Vancouver Canucks are from a team like the Colorado Avalanche, here are some circulating stories from the land of the sad.

  • The Canucks officially signed their top prospect outside of the NHL, Vasily Podkolzin, over the weekend. His three-year entry-level deal comes with a cap hit of $925,000. That could be as high as $1.775 million if he reaches all of his bonuses.

You always have to be skeptical about expectations for prospects, and that’s no different for Podkolzin. Especially in Vancouver, where the combination of this team being bad, coupled with the fact that most expect him to be the fifth breakout prospect in the last five years, will have many expecting Podkolzin to be an impact player.

Not saying he can’t be that player...but expectations have to be rational.

  • Jim Benning announced recently that he expects the Sedin Twins to join the Canucks front office “in the next couple of weeks.” [NHL]
  • That nugget came from Benning’s interview with Donnie and Dhali last Friday. You can catch the entire interview here in case you missed it.
  • During that interview, Benning also talked about how the #FireBenning movement has been hard on his family. [Daily Hive]
  • How do the Canucks prospects fit into the roster next season? [The Athletic]
  • The Canucks need a new approach on defence in 2021-22. So, what is the new approach? [The Province]