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Cherry Picking - Jan. 14, 2013

by Colin Hope / Vancouver Canucks

The Legend of JOHNNY CANUCK!

After taking a royal beating six months ago - JOHNNY CANUCK IS BACK!

The Canucks 2013 schedule: upsides, downsides, and five notable dates

The 2013 48-game NHL schedule has been set. Here to break it down is Pass It To Bulis’ Harrison Mooney with five games you don’t want to miss.

Canucks hoping to see a new picture of Cam Barker

Ian MacIntyre takes a close looks at the Canucks newest signing, defenceman Cam Barker. It’s been a rough couple years on Barker, bouncing around the league, a situation similar to a current Canuck for Alain Vigneaut.

Imaginative power play will make captain’s day in compact schedule

The Canucks have had one of the most potent power-plays in the NHL for years, but Henrik Sedin told Ben Kuzma of The Province it’s time for some change. “We’ve got to be able to switch it up when we need to. It’s something we’ve been talking about — being too easy to read. That’s when we’re at our best, when our power play is tough to read.”

How Kassian, Tanev, Connauton and Schroeder fared during the lockout

So you’ve been waiting for Training Camp to begin for a while. A long while. But you’ve left your roster studying to the last minute – just like high school exams. Worry not, you can cram thanks to Thomas Drance, who has your Chicago Wolves notes.

Rapid Fire

- The Chicago Wolves doused the Abbotsford Heat over the weekend. Leading scorer Brett Sterling couldn’t miss on Friday scoring a natural hat-trick in a 3-1 Wolves victory. Then on Saturday it was all Matt Climie who made 30 saves for a 1-0 goose-egg.

- Frank Corrado has got to be tired of living out of his suitcase by now. Last week he was traded to Kitchener in the OHL, had two assists and was +2 in an 8-2 beatdown all before receiving his call to Canucks training camp.

-Nicklas Jensen keeps finding the back of the net over in Sweden. The Danish first-rounder scored his 14th of the season, extending his lead among NHL drafted players in the Swedish Elite League (no one else has more than 6!).

-And you have got to check out this rocket of a slap-shot from another Swedish prospect, Henrik Tommernes.

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