The season opener versus Edmonton was exciting. It was a new Canucks team, with new some new faces, and a new season, but I just couldn't help but feel bored after watching them today. Watching the Burrow's tribute reminded me that we've been watching the same Canucks for over 11 years. Now, I know that we've seen new players come and go, but the identity of the team remains the same for the past century, simply because it's the 'Sedin era.'
I don't know about you, but I don't get excited when I'm watching 80% of this Canucks team. I love when Horvat or Baertschi get the puck on their stick, and I get excited when I see Virtanen finally get some ice time, but other then that, I just feel that while I'm watching I'm just waiting for the young guys to get back on. I know for his job's sake that Benning needs to ice a team that will have a 'winning environment.' But right now, there's only Virtanen who gets to participate for 8 minutes in that winning environment. I don't believe that adding veterans gives a team a 'winning environment.'
This offseason I got ecstatic about the idea that I could watch a full season of Boeser, or that maybe we could see how Juolevi does for a few games at the start of the season, or perhaps some of the goals that Goldobin will score. But right now, we're not seeing any of that. We're seeing new faces in veterans, and I don't know about you, but I get more excited watching Virtanen get a shot than I do watching Vanek get a goal. So my question for you is why do you watch the Canucks?
Do you watch them to see them win? In this case, you don't care who they ice as long as the get the W. Put old guys out there, prospects, heck 12 year olds, do whatever you have to do to get the win. It's not so much about the incorporation of youth into the lineup as it is about Canucks heading to the dressing room with 2 points.
Do you watch to get glimpses of the future? In this case, you don't care so much about the win as much as you do watching the young kids play (even though getting a win is nice, it's not the priority). Yes, you're still going to be watching the Sedin's pass the puck around, but you're fine with that because now they have a fresh new baby face to dish the puck to. It's about watching the kids who are 'our future' getting their chances to make a name for themselves. You wanna see Goldobin, Virtanen, Horvat, Juolevi, and Boeser out there, hopefully racking up a point or 2 in a game. This case let's us get excited about the future and the new identity that will become of the team once the Sedin's leave.
Do you watch for entertainment? In this case, it's not so much about the infusion of the prospects, or about the winning, it's just simply that you'll be entertained. You don't care who's out there as long as there is a beauty of a goal, maybe a fight or 2, a sprawling save, and a highlight hit. You watch the game for one reason: to be entertained, and that's all you care about.
Obviously, it's easiest to say it's a combination of the 3. But that's too easy, tell me the primary reason.