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  1. I pinpointed Kassian and Edler because they are the ones with the highest ceilings to go along with their expectations. Them meeting the said expectations will make or break the team. If Bonino doesn't pan out, we have Matthias, Vey, Horvat and Gaunce to try out for the spot. Burrows will almost definitely bounce back after he had time to recover from his injuries. Hansen is going to fill the 3rd/4th line RW role. However, Kassian is the expected top 6 rw and Edler is our key offensive top 4 defenceman. With them rolling, they WILL be difference makers.
  2. I see Sestito being able to bring more to the table than just fighting. He showed he is capable of making plays last season.
  3. I have two players that I believe are the enigma's of the team. One is a forward, the other is a defence man. I put one from each player category because I feel they are what make or break their said categories The first person I will be talking about is... Zack Kassian Brought in to be essentially "The Big Guy" in our top 6 who scores, hits and fights, he has made strides since being traded here for our top prospect at the time, Cody Hodgson. Kassian put up 14 goals and 29 points compared to Hodgson's 20 and 44. But Kassian also got a significantly less amount of playing time due to being in Tort's dog house. I have firm belief that Kassian will continue to grow, and with a coach who is seemingly capable to bring the best out in his players, I believe the best of Kassian will surprise many people who didn't shed a light on him. He has a lot more potential than people give him credit for and I'm sure Kassian himself doesn't know his own capabilities yet. And the player from the defence is... . Alexander Edler Edler was praised to be the next Nicolas Lidstrom. Quite a big void to fill, right? But he has turned out very well and is one of the bright players from our own development. -39 sure is a big number to look at, however, the fact that Edler is our only puck carrier who can move the puck of the zone is incredibly key. He has shown that he can be a capable player in the past, and is able to play a heavy amount of minutes, in that being said, I still do believe that Edler will play best with a more defence-minded partner. Either Tanev or Corrado are good options.
  4. I wish Luongo played the Winter Classic. It would have defined his time in Vancouver, honestly. He gave up sweat and tears FOR this team, and he never got any thing back. Luongo was the best thing to happen to this hockey club, and I feel he left way too soon. This was his city, yet, he never knew because of how the fans treated him and how the media treated him and how even his management treated him. He brought us to the Finals in 2011, won the GOLD MEDAL here IN Vancouver, and I feel that the Winter Classic should have been part of that story. Torts made it sound like he wanted Luongo to be here in the beginning of the season, what happened? He re-assured Luongo about his position and what his role was on the team.
  5. He's not Malholtra, but he is definitely a good replacement. One of the best 4th liners in the League, he has experience and is there to stabilize the 3rd/4th line centre role.
  6. Rypien was pretty scary.
  7. I would quote this 100 times if I could.
  8. I see Jensen or Shinkaruk making the team next season. The team needs some young blood to inject some life into the line-up.
  9. Matthias could be a incredibly solid bottom 6 centreman for us for years. He can put up points and has good defensive ability. If he improves his face-off skill, he could be a very good utility player.
  10. Kassian and Edler. I'm going to be watching those 2 players incredibly closely. They are the x-factors for how our team plays next season. If Kassian pans out and becomes the power forward that he was projected to be, he could provide A LOT for the team that we have been missing for the last 6 or 7 years. Kassian hasn't hit the ceiling of his potential yet, and he has a lot of room to grow. If he reaches that potential, he could be a 30+ goal scorer. But I feel that he needs the proper centerman to set him up. Edler is on my radar because he's always been projected to be our "#1 defenceman", but we've only seen flashes of it so far. After an incredibly woeful season, I'm confident that he bounce back stronger than before. He will probably never challenge for the Norris trophy but like Kassian, he has not hit his full potential yet. Torterella never gave him an actual chance to play and showcase his ability.I'm sure Desjardins will better utilize Edler to his strengths, which is his offensive prowess. However, if they do not play to their full ability, the team is going to be a lot weaker than expected. Kassian is our only true 2nd line winger and he has to play like a 2nd line winger. We do not have the depth on the wings for Kassian to play less than that. Like Kassian, Edler is our only hope for an offensive defenceman. If he doesn't score, we won't have the scoring from our defense to be able to keep up with the other teams in our division.
  11. dem crazy russians.
  12. I LOVE LIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. kazin!


      Yeah I like her a little less now but she was great

  13. I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH. I'D MARRY IT IF I COULD ! Also, I'd marry Yuri. <3

  14. I love how many of you are praising Garrison. I've watched this guy play in wins and losses this season, and he just looks lost on the ice sometimes. I can't count the numerous times I've seen Garrison trip over his own feet or lose his man in the defensive zone.
  15. Hyosung. Good taste my friend. :)