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Cherry Picking: Feb. 14, 2013

On Jokesters, new numbers & toe-drags

Thursday, 14.02.2013 / 1:11 PM / Features
By Colin Hope
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Cherry Picking: Feb. 14, 2013

Hard work and renewed confidence has Kassian’s star rising

David Ebner from the Globe & Mail goes over Zack Kassian’s summer training remine, which included a 10-day workout with the world's top rising stars, 15 hour UFC style sparring matches and, oh yeah, hanging with the Sedin’s. Read

Humour: the language of winners, but only when they’re winning

Everyone loves the funny guy. And especially so when that guy is on your winning hockey team as Harrison Mooney points out, but the laughter stops when the losses start piling up. Read

Systems Analyst: In which one nasty toe drag lulls a Wild forward to sleep

Mason Raymond’s mesmerizing toe-drag around Kyle Brodziak on Tuesday was a thing of beauty. So much so Justin Bourne, from Backhand Shelf, dedicated a dozen photos and two videos in his excellent explanation of the play.Read

Jordan Schroeder needs a new number

Just 10 games into his NHL career, Jordan Schroeder has 2 goals and 2 assists, making him the all-time leading scorer for Canucks wearing #45. Jordan Bowman, from the Legion of Blog, argues it’s time Schroeder trades in #45 for some new digits. Read

Markus Naslund keeps eye on Canucks

Markus Naslund’s days as the Canucks franchise leader in points are dwindling as Henrik Sedin closes in on point #756 but that hasn’t stopped the last #19 from following along. Read

Rapid Fire

- Canucks first roudnder Brenadan Gaunce picked up an assist and finished a +2 as his Belleville Bulls gored Kitchener 4-1. He's now got 40 points on through 44 games.

- Lots of action for Canucks prospects tonight with both the Chicago Wolves and Kalamazoo Wings in action. Alex Grenier and Alex Mallett have been especially hot of late with 13 points combined in their last 5 games for the K-Wings.

- It's Valentine's Day. SURPRISE! Sure it may have snuck up on you, but luckily Kathy Anderson is looking out for you with Canuck Valentine's Day cards. Give them to that special someone.