Giant Growing Pains
Like most newborns, the Vancouver Giants are also susceptible to growing pains. These pains were most evident over the last three-game homestand, winding up Saturday, October 13th, in what will become a divisional rivalry with the Portland Winter Hawks. The Giants, hoping to push their record over the .500 mark and perhaps thinking they could take advantage of the Winter Hawks who have been struggling on the road, never did seem to get organized. From obvious communication problems on the bench, to teammates running into each other on the ice, the Giants never came close to finding the disciplined, hard-working and physical groove they displayed just one night earlier in the first period against the offensive Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Being a young team, this erratic display of hockey is not unusual. Coach Dragicevic was saying all the right things to the players between periods and after the game, emphasizing the need to play a rugged, grinding style of hockey, and to shy not from the body. Yet it seemed to land on deaf ears against the Winter Hawks. There really is no explanation for it other than the proverbial ‘growing pains’ of a young team coming together.
Players at both ends of the ice were turning away from what appeared to be sure checks, and the defence were often beat on the outside along the half-boards due to ill-timed turns to play the man. In short, they were getting caught flat-footed. They looked surprisingly tired — something a fan would not expect this early in the sea Read more»
The happenings and goings on (statistically, anyway) on the Vancouver Canucks prospects thus far in 2001-02.
2001 Draftees Thus Far… Team GP G A PTS PIM
Umberger, R.J. Ohio State 1 0 2 2 0
Fedorov, Fedor Manitoba 1 1 0 1 0
Gladskikh, Evgeny Magnitogorsk – – – – –
Bieska, Kevin Bowling Green 2 0 0 0 6
King, Jason Halifax 11 13 8 21 6 *
Mikhailov, Konstantin Nizhnekamsk – – – – –
2000 Draftees Currently… Team GP G A PTS PIM
Smith, Nathan Swift Current 7 4 6 10 8
Bell, Thatcher Rimouski 10 6 9 15 15
Branham, Tim Guelph 11 0 3 3 18
Duma, Pavel Nizhny Novgorod – – – – –
Reid, Brandon Manitoba 3 0 0 0 0
Barrett, Nathan Lethbridge 11 12 11 23 14
Smith, Tim Swift Current 12 7 11 18 16
GP W L T GAA
1999 Draftees as of now.. Team GP G A P PIM
Sedin, Daniel Vancouver 7 2 2 4 0 Read more»