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Wake With Elias- Sept 25, 2021: Bagging On The Bag Skate

Canucks Nation weighs in on super important stuff that will totally determine what happens this season.

Vancouver Canucks Training Camp Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

The tweets came fast and furious after the first day of on-ice workouts in Abbotsford. Oliver Ekman-Larsson was the main being singled out after video was posted of him lagging during a skating drill. There were pics of Olli Juolevi, laying on the ice completely gassed, and new Canucks F Connor Garland puked after his. Canucks social media (and those who despise the Canucks) had a field day with it.

The problem is: it’s a bag skate. It’s not like we haven’t seen exactly the same results every year during Travis Green’s time as head coach of the Canucks (see the pic above from last season’s camp), but this literally happens at every other training camp.

Like in Seattle.

And Toronto.

And Edmonton, too.

Is this an overreaction? Of course it is. Yeah, we get it. Expectations for things to be better, and on new players are massive in this market. It’s just a bit much to be in panic mode before there’s even been a single game played, though. And it probably would be a good time to remember this nugget of wisdom:

So, moving away from the nonsense and into actual assessment, who’s been impressing so far? There’s a buzz surrounding the youngster taken 41st overall in this year’s draft, as Danila Klimovich showed up ready to let them know what he could someday bring to this team. And fellow rookie Vasily Podkolzin looks like he’s determined to live up to the hype.

Travis Green also likes what he’s seeing from Karel Plasek so far, as the battle for 4th line and bottom D pairing spots, as well as spots on the Abbotsford roster are making for a highly competitive camp. It’s giving the Canucks some options heading into the season as they deal with injuries and absences right out of the gate. After such a disappointing performance last season, the multitude of changes to this squad could reverse the course of the tailspin they found themselves in.

AROUND THE NHL

The NHL’s 32nd franchise are a day away from taking the ice for the first time as they play host to the Canucks tomorrow night in Spokane, WA. While it’s pretty unlikely they see the kind of success that the Vegas Golden Knights achieved in their inaugural season, the building of an honest to god regional rivalry should benefit both teams moving forward.

And while they’re no doubt working hard to get things ready, they’re still trying to have some fun.

While this game will not be televised tomorrow, there’s some preseason action on Sportsnet tonight as the Leafs and Habs meet in Toronto.

A couple things to watch in this one: Josh Ho-Sang making his debut in a Leafs jersey, and John Tavares playing for the first time since that horrific injury in the series against Montreal when he collided with Corey Perry.

Just one other contest tonight, as Minnesota takes on St Louis.

Our first chance to watch the Canucks in preseason action comes Friday as they visit Calgary to take on the Flames, and then Sunday in a nationally televised game against the Winnipeg Jets.