honestly i'd like 6-8 of the canucks forwards to be natural centers. look at team canada 2010, the 2011 boston bruins, 2012 kings, etc.
Exactly what I've been saying for a long time. The main ingredients of a Cup winner is a solid #1 top pairing on defence, a world-class goalie and depth down the middle.
Since our 2011 Cup run, we basically lost 2 big centermen. Hodgson is gone and has not been replaced, and Malhotra is not the same as he used to be, so essentially our center ice position is a lot weaker. Now factor in an ageing Henrik who has most likely hit his prime that season, and Kesler who is constantly injured and you have a terrible center position.
What was once our strongest asset is now dwindling and MG has done nothing to fix it. Firstly, we need to find an offensive centerman for our 3rd line to keep up with Raymond and Hansen who can both score 15-20 goals next season. That gives us 5 NHL centermen playing in our lineup which is much stronger depth.
If MG isn't going to pick us up a nice 3rd line center who can score 30-40 points then guys like Raymond and Higgins better start practicing how to be centermen. They've both played the position in the past so better get used to it again, because you win Cups with depth at center ice, not wing which is what we're stacked with right now.
At the end of the day, the Canucks need a guy like Jochen Hecht, Arnott or Morrison more than a guy like Doan. We have plenty of powerforward wingers for our top-6 (Burrows, Booth, Higgins, Hansen) and just not enough centermen, especially with Kesler most likely chugging at a slower pace than usual.