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Posted 27 August 2012 - 02:29 PM

A thought came into my head today that made me wonder, if the Canucks are to win the cup this year, or in the years to come, who will be the main reason why?

I know, hockey is a team game, and it does indeed take a whole team to win a cup, but there's always that one games changer that sets the lead. To name a few: Dustin Brown, Jonathan Toews, Claude Giroux, Sidney Crosby. All these players have the capability to lead their team to a cup, and 3 of the 4 mentioned have already done that. The Bruins had that rascal Marchand who took the first strides by scoring timely goals, agitating, and targeting our star players. Brown did the same thing, with a more physical edge.

When the Canucks went to the Stanley Cup Finals there was one person who set the lead for Vancouver. He did everything. Score goals, hit, block shots, kill timely penalties. His name is Ryan Kesler. Unfortunately due to injuries he couldn't continue his fantastic play and nobody stepped up.

My question to you: Do we currently have that game changer/ leader that will put us over the top in this years playoffs? Or do we still need to find that player? If anyone, my vote goes to Kesler.


I respectfully like to point out that I think it will be more a team mind set than a player. A group effort over a full season.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:03 PM

Kassian!!
He's big, skilled and is gunna be mean. I'm not saying lead us in scoring. But he will smash his opponents and score some timely goals..


thats my vote

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:11 PM

Kassian


Are we talking about the wolves? The guy is still a question mark to make the team and he is going to be our game changer? If so we will suck big time this year. If the coaching staff thought he could be a game changer they wouldn't have made him a healthy scratch in the playoffs.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:15 PM

Realistically on this team it could be a different guy every night.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:18 PM

I personally believe Jordon Schroeder can be a game changer if given the chance. We need to understand some players are born to play better in a more skilled league. Schroeder rubs me as someone who can be dangerous in big games. I've liked what I've seen with him in the preseason games with the Canucks and with the Moose/Wolves. I think we need to give him a chance and let's see what this kid can do.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:25 PM

Roberto Luongo because we will have a short season due to the lock out. Luongo will battle Schneider for the number one spot like how it was with Thomas and Rask. Luongo will win and come out on top. Luongo will then step his game up in the playoffs. He will have a Tim Thomas type of playoffs. He will lead us to the cup. He then will say something about not meeting Steven Harper due to his political views. We will see the old Luongo back and he will take a year off to be with his family.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:27 PM

A thought came into my head today that made me wonder, if the Canucks are to win the cup this year, or in the years to come, who will be the main reason why?

I know, hockey is a team game, and it does indeed take a whole team to win a cup, but there's always that one games changer that sets the lead. To name a few: Dustin Brown, Jonathan Toews, Claude Giroux, Sidney Crosby. All these players have the capability to lead their team to a cup, and 3 of the 4 mentioned have already done that. The Bruins had that rascal Marchand who took the first strides by scoring timely goals, agitating, and targeting our star players. Brown did the same thing, with a more physical edge.

When the Canucks went to the Stanley Cup Finals there was one person who set the lead for Vancouver. He did everything. Score goals, hit, block shots, kill timely penalties. His name is Ryan Kesler. Unfortunately due to injuries he couldn't continue his fantastic play and nobody stepped up.

My question to you: Do we currently have that game changer/ leader that will put us over the top in this years playoffs? Or do we still need to find that player? If anyone, my vote goes to Kesler.

The only player on our current roster who has demonstrated the ability to be a game changer is Kesler, who single-handedly carried the team past Nashville two years ago. Obviously, past players like Bure and Linden also had that ability. Unless we acquire someone new, I don't see anyone else with that ability on the team.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:40 PM

Suprised no one has mentioned Bieksa so far. He is usually very reliable come playoff time
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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:12 PM

Burrows has slayed the dragon.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:19 PM

Kesler is our game-changer, Burrows also steps up.

Unfortunately, Keslers run into injury problems and Burrows doesn't have the same talent or physical presence to be as much an impact player as Kesler.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:26 PM

Kesler is our game-changer, Burrows also steps up.

Unfortunately, Keslers run into injury problems and Burrows doesn't have the same talent or physical presence to be as much an impact player as Kesler.


With the roster we have now a healthy and motivated kesler is our only hope for a cup.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:28 PM

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:39 PM

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:43 PM

:huh: Are you alright? It wasn't that funny.


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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:45 PM

You okay, bud?


yeah, just havin' some fun :P

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:45 PM

:huh: Are you alright? It wasn't that funny.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 06:49 PM

Luongo :bigblush:

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 07:28 PM

Sedins, Kesler, Burrows. Bieksa always has had that too. Edler sometimes. Luongo.

Jensen looks like he could be that player that is ridiculously hard to get off the puck that Kesler was, but with more offense.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 07:53 PM

If Edler could play the way he did in games 1-3 vs Chicago in 2011 for an entire playoffs, he'd be a huge game changer.
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Posted 27 August 2012 - 07:59 PM

Bertuzzi and Holmstrom and Daniel and Henrik

after Cory Franklin Schneider from Marblehead Mass


gets traded to Detroit


so Luongooo and Lackkk can run the 2012/13 season...

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:04 PM

Roberto Luongo and Eddie Lack :bigblush:



couldn't ask for a better goalie tandem


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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:18 PM

I think the goalies are going to be the game-changers for the Canucks this season, as they were last season. Goals are at a premium in the NHL these days. 2-1 and 3-2 games are the norm rather than the exception.

Two of either Schneider, Lu or Lack will be our game-changers... again.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:19 PM

Alex Burrows
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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:30 PM

Sedin brothers and Kesler

oops, I forgot and need to add Schneider!

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:33 PM

Daniel and Henrik Sedin. You don't have to be a physical player to be a game changer you need to be skilled, and few players in the league have more skill then these two.


sadly the evidence has shown this is not the case. all the physical game changer players have been more effective than the sedins.

see:
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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:36 PM

I hate this logic. Hockey is a team game; if the team is not good enough, a "game changer" isn't going to change anything.

Let's take LA for example: why did you single out Dustin Brown as their game changer? Why ignore the fact that Quick played phenomenally?

Marchand was no more a game changer for Boston than Chara, Bergeron or Lucic.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:54 PM

I hate this logic. Hockey is a team game; if the team is not good enough, a "game changer" isn't going to change anything.

Let's take LA for example: why did you single out Dustin Brown as their game changer? Why ignore the fact that Quick played phenomenally?
Marchand was no more a game changer for Boston than Chara, Bergeron or Lucic.


I disagree, Quick was the game changer for LA as Thomas was for Boston. They shut the door and gave there team the confidence they needed to beat us. Kesler has in the past picked up his game to the point that it rallied the team. The question is who could be that player next year.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:56 PM

burr or kes

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:11 PM

Bertuzzi and Holmstrom and Daniel and Henrik

after Cory Franklin Schneider from Marblehead Mass


gets traded to Detroit


so Luongooo and Lackkk can run the 2012/13 season...

So you want to trade Schneider for Bertuzzi and Holmstrom?
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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:24 PM

So you want to trade Schneider for Bertuzzi and Holmstrom?


Lol, makes no sense eh? Plus Detroit has Howard
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