Archive for June, 2010

Adam Polasek interview

I recently exchanged a few emails with Adam Polasek, Vancouver’s fifth-round selection (145th overall) at last week’s NHL Entry Draft. Here are a couple quotes from the young Czech defenceman, along with some information I’ve gathered.

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Additional Tanev information

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For those of you who haven’t had a chance to read my article on Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev, you can check it out on Here are a few more quotes about Tanev I gathered while conducting interviews with the young defenceman and Canucks director of player development Dave Gagner.

“Then we started watching him. He still has the same head for the game, still very involved both offensively and defensively. He plays the full game but now he’s got a bigger package.” – Dave Gagner

“Well, he plays. He’s very sound defensively. He was always a smaller defenceman so he had to learn positioning properly. He always knows how to stay in line with his opponent to the net and he uses his stick very well. And offensively, he joins the rush quickly. He wants to be involved in the rush. He played a lot of inline hockey growing up and in a 4 on 4 game, everybody’s offence and everybody’s defence so I think his hockey sense really developed in that environment. He’s like Christian Ehrhoff in terms of style. I’m not saying he’s Christian Ehrhoff yet but you know what I mean, in terms of style.” – Dave Gagner on Tanev’s style of play.

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Ballard to Canucks, Martin to follow?

According to the most recent tweet from Keith Ballard’s agent Ben Hankinson, Vancouver’s newest defenceman is “very excited” about today’s trade to the Canucks. Also of note, Ballard learned about the trade while golfing with unrestricted free agent Paul Martin. Could Gillis be targeting the former New Jersey Devils blueliner as well? Sign me up.

Speculation: Could the Oilers make a play for Johansen?

Could Ryan Johansen, who TSN has ranked sixth in their final draft rankings, somehow end up in Edmonton? Both Johansen and Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini reside in Port Moody, B.C., and if the Oilers opt for Hall at number one overall, they’ll need a center to play with him and Johansen could be that guy. Obviously, in order for this to transpire, the Oilers would need to acquire another first-round pick – likely another top 10 pick at that – so don’t hold your breath. However, it’s a possibility.