It will be this man's first season as a starter, and after being well developed through the AHL and given big and crucial games to test him and give him the experience and confidence he needed to take his place as a starter in the NHL.
This will without a doubt be my #1 player to watch on our team, many say he will falter, and I don't quite see the reason why. Here's to hoping he proves many wrong and comes out as strong as he went out at the end of last season.
For Kassian, last year couldn't have put more pressure on this kid to come here and do big things instantly after being dealt to the Canucks for what was our blue chip up and coming centre in Cody Hodgson. Although Kassian had spurts of great moments, there were also moments where he wasn't proving to be what many had expected out of him, and fell into AV's doghouse pretty quickly.
So this year, I'm sure many of us hope Kassian gets given a bigger role (atleast I do). We all saw when he was on the line with the Sedin twins that no one messed with them whatsoever, so he does have that intimidation that one Milan Lucic has, whom many have compared him to, he just has to find his fit this year with the team, and put his spurts of energy we saw to good use.
Unfortunately for Kesler, he has begun to build a reputation many of us and I'm sure he himself hopes to shred this season, "Diver". But through all that, the 2010-2011 Selke winner has much to prove after having back to back shoulder surgeries over the last two off-seasons.
After coming up far short of his 41 goals in 2010-11, his game fell dramatically in 2011-12. The reason I believe is because his play in the offensive zone has become very one-dimensional, much like Washington Capital's Alex Ovechkin's. Here's to hoping he can find that game he had once again, that "beast mode" that we all remembered back in the Nashville series, and that it won't be the only thing we remember him for when we mention his name.
Not much needs to be said for Raymond, who has failed to impress from his 28 goal season back in 2009-10, and is continuously falling downhill from that marker. Pressure will be on the kid in his last season as an RFA before he is eligible for UFA, but who says he might even be here come the end of the season depending on how he performs.
The B.C. native couldn't be happier to come to his hometown after signing what some have called a risky contract, and indeed it might be, but Garrison has improved each season in Florida that he has played, so with Edler the more than likely candidate to play with him, we can only expect just as big, and maybe better things to come from the so-called replacement for Sami Salo, even if Garrison was playing last season with a newly reborn Brian Campbell.
So these are going to be the five players I will be watching the most next season. The very idea of these players, playing for the Canucks gets me so riled up and excited for next season (even if it starts in December).
And yes, even Mason Raymond has me excited, because this is his make or break year in the NHL. :]
Thanks for reading (If you did), Only my second thread I've ever created, I tend to stay away from making topics :x
Edited by JustBelieve, 09 August 2012 - 06:52 PM.