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Edler's Mind Tricks

ESPN Projections

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51 in 52? Wow. Pathetic. Not even point per game

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So thats what ESPN's insider info looks like... trying to be a cash cow and all

Good read, I like the lowdown on Booth

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Booth-Kesler-Kassian for sure has potential, all can hit and score, I see Kassian as more of a passfirst guy so hopefully he can spark the second line.

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I don't care what others say about the Canucks, because I know they'll always be the best.

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I think its funny that "knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual Stanley CUp Winner in 3 of the most recent years of the playoffs = "not showing up".

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Don't think the insider watches enough Canucks to give the assessments of Booth and Hansen that they have.

Booth's line had a low shooting percentage because they were painfully predictable and took a lot of low percentage shots. If he wants to trend up, that line will have to play a more intelligent style of hockey.

Hansen's line had a high shooting percentage for the opposite reasons - he and Higgins are intelligent, creative, hardworking players that are as good as any two other third liners in the NHL. Their goaltenders had a high save percentage with them on the ice because they are tenacious, fast, outstanding two-way players who give up very few quality scoring opportunities - they posted those numbers despite playing with the defensively challenged Hodgson. Hodgson had a nice shot and creative offensive game, which did not hinder their high shooting percentage, but there is absolutely no reason Hansen and Higgins (who are more skilled than the "insider" seems to realize) can't maintain the quality two way game they played last year, particularly if they are matched up with another quality shut down center like Pahlsson, or another quality two-way player like themselves. Their success had nothing to do with luck and everything to do with hard work and great goaltending behind them. I could see a young guy like Schroeder, with good speed, hard work, and lots of two-way potential stepping in and that line picking up right where they left off.

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I think its funny that "knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual Stanley CUp Winner in 3 of the most recent years of the playoffs = "not showing up".

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As mutch as I hate to admit, I have to agree that Hansen numbers will dip this year. Offensivley, Malhotra is not the point producer that Hodgson was. The defensive numbers should at least remain the same if not climb tho'.

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my prediction

sedins -get just under 100 points(teams have learned there tendencies)

kesler- will have an off year coming off injury

Lu and Schneider -both play like superstars (eventually Lu gets traded)

Burrows-will be good ol Burrows

Garrison- will be just ok for his first season he will need time to learn AV systems

Hansen and Higgins- will continue what they started last season

Malhotra- will have a better season then last year

Lapierre- will have a great season and will be one of the canucks main shut down guys

Bieska and Hamuis will stay consistant

Tanev- will shine

Ballard- will look like his play improved but really Tanev will just make him look better still wont be worth $4.2

Edler- will be playing for a contract, I think hes going to try to hard and end up making a lot of mistakes

Booth- will have a great year, especially with kelser injured. booth will have the puck on his stick a lot

Raymond- won't score over 20 goals, but I think Raymonds speed and checking abilities will make him valuable

Schroeder- gets a shot at 3rd line center but AV will not trust him in key situations, so he will be sent down

Kassian- wont score to many goals in his first full season, he will learn AV's defensive systems first before the coach will let him loose

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I think Malholtra will regain his form. Having that solid 3rd line again would be amazing. I don't see Hansen's stock declining, kind of a weird assessment. Stoked for the rookies he mentioned though!

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Interesting read even though ESPN is not where I go for hockey info.

I think I get better hockey content on CDC then on ESPN.

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Interesting read even though ESPN is not where I go for hockey info.

I think I get better hockey content on CDC then on ESPN.

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I think its funny that "knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual Stanley CUp Winner in 3 of the most recent years of the playoffs = "not showing up".

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it's really pathetic that this is constantly trotted out as some sort of badge of honour. all it shows is that we were losers in each of those 3 years.

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What the hell is with their assessment of Hansen? "He did everything right last year, so, obviously he'll be worse next year."

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