Difficult Start - Epic Comeback
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The Vancouver Canucks were a superior and hardworking team last season who were able to snatch the President's Trophy and make it all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Unfortunately, they faced a team who they were not able to beat and lost the final game on home ice. Fans were outraged, the coaches were shocked, and the team was depressed after losing everything in the last game of the Stanley Cup Finals. All these events happened only one season ago; and now the Vancouver Canucks return to start their journey back to the Stanley Cup Finals. The team and coaches are more determined than ever to win the Stanley Cup and by bringing back an upgraded but similar crew this might be their best chance to prove what they are made of. This is the brand new 2011-2012 season and the Vancouver Canucks are finally ready to go!
All of us fans probably expected the Vancouver Canucks to start this new season with maximum effort, several goals and a handful of wins. However, this October was no different than any other October this team has had to play in. Like every other year, the Vancouver Canucks were off to a slow season start only being able to win 4 out of the first 10 games played. Many players were not able to play hockey at the level they usually play at resulting in the Vancouver Canucks being shut out 3 times in only their first 10 games of the brand new 2011-2012 season. Luckily, October is coming to an end and the team is finally starting to pull their act together. In one final rush before departing on a 6 game road trip; the Vancouver Canucks played the Washington Captials; a superior team who has only lost 1 of the first 8 games they have played. The Vancouver Canucks finally decided to prove to everyone what the defending President's Trophy Winners are capable of doing on the ice. With utmost effort, the Vancouver Canucks were able to outshoot and outscore the Washington Capitals beating them 7 - 4 in regulation time.
Daniel Sedin (4G/9A/13P) - Daniel Sedin is ranked as one of the best Left Wings in the National Hockey League and he is truly one of the greatest players to ever play the game. He is able to make quick passes, handle the puck, and shoot precisely in times when most needed. Overall; Daniel Sedin is able to create oppurtunities on the Power Play and is a threat to the opposing team whenever he sets foot on the ice.
Henrik Sedin (4G/9A/13P) - Henrik Sedin is the captain of the Vancouver Canucks and is one of the most skilled players on the team. He can make quick and direct passes to his linemates to create the best scoring oppurtunities. His abilities make him a real threat on the Power Play. Overall; Henrik Sedin is a player who has developed his skill to a whole new level and is tied for the most points on the team with his brother.
Alexandre Burrows (3G/2A/5P) - Alexandre Burrows is a fast, energetic, and proud player on the team who brings a good game to the ice when playing with his linemates. He is able to skate fast and put the puck in the net when he has an opening. It's still the beginning of the season but a little more offense from him could be helpful. Overall; Alexandre Burrows is the perfect player to be on the first line with the Sedin Twins.
David Booth (0G/1A/1P) - David Booth is the newest member of the Vancouver Canucks. He brings a whole lot of potential and skill to the game and is a wonderful asset to have on the team. He might still need a little time to create the well needed chemistry with his fellow linemates. Overall; David Booth brings quite a lot of speed to the game and adds offensive production to the second line.
Ryan Kesler (1G/3A/4P) - Ryan Kesler is the defending Selke Trophy Winner and has just recently recovered from offseason him surgery. He will need a little time to return to his usual self but he has already produced quite a lot in just 6 games. He's developed his skills as a center and is a great player to have on the Power Play. Overall; Ryan Kesler just needs more time before he transforms into Beast Mode!
Cody Hodgson (2G/1A/3P) - Cody Hodgson is a young player who has produced enough to impress the coaches. If he can keep up with his playmaking abilities he will be guaranteed a spot on the second line. He has a good wrist shot and is likely to pass the puck around in order to create the best opening. Overall; Cody Hodgson is a young player who brings a two way game but needs to adapt to various positions.
Chris Higgins (5G/2A/7P) - Chris Higgins is one of the best offensive players on the team and on the third line. He has already created quite a lot of chemistry with his linemates and can get the puck in the net when receiving a good pass. He brings speed to the game and can make the third line quite dangerous for opposing teams. Overall; Chris Higgins is a great player with a lot of potential and can produce when needed.
Manny Malhotra (0G/4A/4P) - Manny Malhotra is a professional at taking face-offs. He is able to help out his linemates by chipping the puck down the ice and playing good defensively. He still needs a little time to recover from his eye injury but is a valuable player to have on the team. Overall; Manny Malhotra is a leader on the team who has the potential to get even better as the season proceeds.
Jannik Hansen (1G/2A/3P) - Jannik Hansen is a fast player who can accompany Chris Higgins when driving the net. His abilitiy to keep control of the puck and pass at appropriate times is hugely needed on the third line. He has already created chemistry with his linemates so this line will probably start producing quite a lot. Overall; Jannik Hansen's speed is mandatory to have on the third line and he is a great player.
Aaron Volpatti (0G/0A/0P) - Aaron Volpatti is one of the stronger players on the team and is able to check the opposition when ever a chance is available. He needs to keep his penalty minutes under control and really needs to start producing offensively to the score. Overall; Aaron Volpatti is a strong player with quite a lot of grit but needs to take more shots and create oppurtunities for his linemates.
Maxim Lapierre (3G/1A/4P) - Maxim Lapierre plays the game with passion and is a huge asset to the team. He is able to move the puck around, rush the opponents zone, and pressure the defence into making mistakes. He is a player with experience and needs to keep his game to the highest potential. Overall; Maxim Lapierre is creating a name for the fourth line and that could be really beneficial for the team.
Dale Weise (1G/1A/2P) - Dale Weise is another new player on the Vancouver Canucks but he has proven himself to be valuable on the fourth line. He has already gotten into a few fights but is able to create decent plays that help the team out. Overall; Dale Weise is a great player who has proven that he can take risks, shoot the puck, and make plays that could create trouble for the opposition.
Dan Hamhuis (0G/3A/3P) - Dan Hamhuis is one of the best defencemen on the team but still needs time to bring his game to highest level. He has been able to produce offensively a little bit but we really need him to start playing like the defencemen he is. Overall; Dan Hamhuis is a player with a lot of experience and great defensive capabilities but will need time to maximize his game.
Alexander Edler (2G/7A/9P) - Alexander Edler is one of the two best offensive defencemen on the team. He has a great shot and is able to pass the puck on the Power Play to create oppurtunities and openings. He could easily be a high scoring defencemen this season if he can keep playing this way. Overall; Alexander Edler has a great shot when one timing the puck and is a great defencemen.
Keith Ballard (1G/0A/1P) - Keith Ballard likes to join the offensive rush but needs to make sure that there is at least one defencemen on the blue line incase the puck gets turned over. He needs to learn how to pass the puck more often and really needs to bring his defensive game up. Overall; Keith Ballard is a great offensive defencemen who has the best hip checks but only practice will improve his offensive game.
Kevin Bieksa (0G/3A/3P) - Kevin Bieksa has had a slow start but he is also one of our best defencemen who can produce offensively and play good defence. He needs a little bit of time but needs to make smart decisions when checking players in both zones. Overall; Kevin Bieksa is a great defencemen who has an offensive touch and will improve his game as the season proceeds.
Sami Salo (3G/5A/8P) - Sami Salo has a wicked slap shot and if he can remain healthy this season he can be a great defencemen who can achieve a lot of points. He is one of the other two best offensive defencemen on the team who can pass the puck accurately on the Power Play and take shots on goal at appropriate times. Overall; Sami Salo has a deadly slap shot which is very accurate and dangerous.
Alexander Sulzer (0G/0A/0P) - Alexander Sulzer has proven that he is capable of being on the team in just two games. He does not bring a whole lot of physical strength like Andrew Alberts did but he can play good defence and make good plays offensively. Only time will tell if he is best suited as a 6th defencemen. Overall; Alexander Sulzer is a fast and active defencemen who can make quick decisions and great plays.
Roberto Luongo (3.54GAA) - Roberto Luongo has gotten off to a slow start but we all know he is one of the best goalies in the month of November. He needs to work on his glove side and high shots and needs to start playing well in the second period. Overall; Roberto Luongo is an elite goalie who can make beautiful saves but is usually inconsistent.
Cory Schneider (1.97GAA) - Cory Schneider is a great backup goalie who is ready to substitute for Roberto Luongo whenever he is feeling down in the season. He can make decent saves and has been able to play really well whenever the defence can keep their game together. Overall; Cory Schneider is a great goalie who is a real benefit to the team come playoff time.
Mason Raymond: Mason Raymond is a great player who brought speed to the game. It is difficult to decide where the coaches will place him when he returns. He is valuable to have on the team but problems will arise when it is time for his return.
Aaron Rome: Aaron Rome is a strong defencemen who brought physical stregnth to the game. He could easily be put in as a 6th defencemen because he really knows how to play proper defence however he does not bring any offensive capabilities to his game.
2. Do You Think Cody Hodgson Plays Better As A Center Or As A Wing?
3. Do You Think The Vancouver Canucks Are Finally Going To Start Playing Like An Elite Team?
4. Do You Think David Booth Will Create Chemistry On The Second Line?
5. Do You Think The 6 Game Road Trip Will Influence The Vancouver Canucks To Do Better And Bring Their Game To A Whole New Level?
Questions:1. Do You Think Chris Higgins Plays Better When He Is Placed On The Third Line Or The Second Line?
Edited by TheVancouverCanucks!, 30 October 2011 - 05:41 PM.