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Canucks Report: Scrimmage time

...finally, some game action as Team White faces Team Blue

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Vancouver Canucks

Let the games begin. Kind of.

There were only two periods and the clock never stopped, and yet the Team White versus Team Blue scrimmage Saturday was the closest thing to Canucks hockey we've seen in a while.

Elias Pettersson is already in mid-season form, apparently.

Tweet from @Canucks: Mid-season Petey 😍Team White with a 5-0 win in the two period runtime scrimmage.

Brandon Sutter, Tanner Pearson, Justin Bailey and Tyler Graovac rounded out the scoring for a dominant Team White in a 5-0 win.

Video: Scrimmage highlights from day 2 of Training Camp

Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller weren't on the winning team, but this early in camp it's not about scrimmage victories. Fine tuning your game is more what players are focused on.

"Being hard on your stick, hard on the puck and having good body positioning is the biggest thing, you don't have to go run somebody through the wall, but at the same time get in front of him, have a good stick and obviously show off your skill," said Horvat, who is impressed with Miller so far.

"He's been great, he so smart and undercover fast," raved Horvat. "He's a big body, but he can shoot the puck and has some skill. I think him and I compliment each other well, both big bodies that can protect the puck down low and are smart. Hopefully we stick together for a while."

Last season Horvat took 2,018 faceoffs, winning 53.7 per cent of them. The 24-year-old took 41 per cent of Vancouver's total draws, so when Miller pulled him aside to talk faceoffs during the scrimmage, Horvat was all ears.

"He said 'I'm pretty good on my forehand, let me know if you want me to take some on the off-side,'" said Horvat, who replied yes as fast as possible. "Sure, any time you want to jump in, I'd be more than happy to give you the faceoff dot. He's phenomenal on the dot, so it's nice to have somebody like that on my line."

Miller has been equally as impressed with Horvat as the two continue to work on their chemistry.

Video: CAMP | Miller on Day Two Ice Session


Troy Stecher was mic'd up for practice and he did not disappoint, scoring this beauty goal, then hot-dogging a bit for everyone.

Tweet from @Canucks: a BULLET from @troystecher 🔥


Jake Virtanen was under the microscope Friday after being placed in Group C for the opening day of camp. He was part of Group B Saturday, scoring a breakaway goal off a deft pass from Nikolay Goldobin. Keep it up boys.

Tweet from @Canucks: Big 🐟 with a big 🚨 - @NG078 👉 @Jake_Virtanen 👏


There's an unofficial autograph spot beside the player tunnel at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and while young Bailey waited to meet Justin Bailey, Pettersson made an appearance and fans got excited. Bailey was sandwiched and bailed.

We made sure the highly anticipated Bailey meeting Bailey meeting took place. It did not disappoint in cuteness.

Tweet from @Canucks: Bailey meets (Justin) Bailey - and she can not believe it! 😳


Olli Juolevi skated with Group C Saturday, which Coach Green decided as a course of action before the start of camp. It was a load management day for the 21-year-old defenceman, who continues recovering from right knee surgery.

"He had a tough day yesterday, but he's feeling good today," said Green. "We're just trying to make sure we bring him along well; I'm anticipating he'll be back with the group tomorrow."

Video: CAMP | Coach Green on Day Two Ice Session

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