Live from Canucks training camp: Group B takes to the ice | Captain Quinn skates with lefty Carson Soucy | So many goalies

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Vancouver Canucks training camp is under way in Victoria. Check back throughout the day for updates as the team gets ready for the 2023-24 NHL season.

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Group B hits the ice

Like Thursday, the Canucks hit the ice just before 10 a.m.

Unlike yesterday, it’s group B on the ice first, featuing the likes of JT Miller, Brock Boeser, Quinn Hughes, Carson Soucy and Casey DeSmith.

So far the Canucks are working on quick counter attacks from the neutral zone.

Here are your lines today:

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Lefty-lefty

On Thursday, Quinn Hughes was skating with Noah Juulsen as his defence partner.

Today, it’s the first look at Carson Soucy switching to the right side as Hughes’ partner. Soucy is a left-shot, so him switching to the right requires some adjustment.

Rick Tocchet suggested he’s not inclined towards such a pair because he believes a right-side defenceman needs to be able to make crisp, quick passes.

Rick Tocchet
Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet watches the opening day of the NHL hockey team’s training camp, in Victoria, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023. Photo by DARRYL DYCK /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Soucy said yesterday it has pros and cons.

“There’s definitely challenges, also benefits. I think a big one is when you’re in the ozone, a lot of times forwards, if you’re on your strong side, can just rim the puck up (to you). Whereas if I’m on my off side, it’s kind of backhand (to collect the puck) it’s not always easy to get it from backhand on to your forehand, but if you get on the forehand, I think in the ozone on your off-side. I think you can see the ice really well,” he said.

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Goalie talk?

As I noted on Wednesday, the Canucks have eight goalies at camp. Seven are signed by the organization and will need places to play this season.

Might Spencer Martin be on the move? Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman thinks so.

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Spencer Martin
Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) talks with goalie Spencer Martin (30) before an on-ice session during the opening day of the NHL hockey team’s training camp, in Victoria, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023. Photo by DARRYL DYCK Darryl Dyck /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Yesterday’s action

• Here’s the roundup of Thursday.

• Here’s a look at why the Canucks still take their training camp on the road.

• And prospect Jonathan Lekkerimäki has achieved something unique in the early stages of the Swedish Hockey League season.


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