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Wake With Elias: Who can save the Canucks? Mikheyev? ...or Bedard?

This brutal start already has fans thinking of a new saviour.

Canada v Finland: Gold Medal Game - 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship
Connor Bedard #16 of Canada skates during the gold medal game against Finland in the IIHF World Junior Championship on August 20, 2022 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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It’s not even a week into the season, and the Canucks have already made history.


Let’s hope this edition of Wake With Elias isn’t as painful as last night’s loss.

Canucks News

  • History has been made.

I, for one, am proud of these Canucks. Losing is one thing...but to build sizeable leads and then lose in three straight games? Bravo.

  • In Jimmi’s recap he can the Canucks fix this win streak? [Nucks Misconduct]
  • Well, here’s one potential answer. Ilya Mikheyev is expected to make his season debut for the Canucks tonight in Columbus. [TSN]
  • Here’s a more realistic answer...Connor Bedard.

The North Vancouver native, who clearly wants to play for the Canucks, has fans dreaming of draft lottery magic just three games into the season.

If this were to actually happen, it might be the luckiest thing to ever occur in Canucks history.

  • Okay, enough daydreaming.

In his post-game presser, Bruce Boudreau said after the game that the team held a “players only” meeting.

  • Perhaps Luke Schenn should be wearing the C in Vancouver...

He’s bang on. The Canucks are not playing well defensively (surprise, surprise), with both the forwards and defencemen seemingly missing assignments all over the ice.

Take a look at the 5-4 goal. Boudreau alluded to the missed assignment after the game, but even the effort by Tanner Pearson and Bo Horvat to get back in the play was piss poor.

For the record, Horvat’s line was on the ice for three even-strength goals against. Luke Schenn, on the other hand, was the only Canucks defender who wasn’t on the ice for a 5-on-5 goal against.

  • Just to add some fuel to the fire, Elliotte Friedman recently said on his podcast that the Canucsk “toyed” with the idea of a coaching change last offseason. [Nucks Misconduct]

Around the NHL

  • Speaking of coaching, here’s an early look at how other new bench bosses around the league have fared early on. [Sportsnet]
  • If you’re looking to feel better about the Canucks woes, you can check out the highlights of Toronto losing at home to Arizona last night. [NHL]
  • Around the Pacific, both Seattle and Anaheim lost to good teams last night, with the Kraken losing 5-1 against the Carolina Hurricanes, while the Ducks lost 6-4 to the New York Rangers.
  • The Los Angeles Kings picked up their second win of the season, with Philip Danault’s second goal of the game standing as the overtime winner as the Kings beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4.