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Do the Canucks have enough depth for shortened season?

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This could be worse starting out if Kesler, Edler/Garrison (any or all) do not start the shortened season whenever it starts between now and Jan 1 - but in a shortened season while it may help a veteran team, if they hit significant injuries, do they have enough depth to push through for a playoff seed? Compared to a team like Detroit (lots of depth) or Nashville (not much depth)...

Side note - does this shortened season now mean Lui stays for the short year in tandem with Schneider (in case of injury)?

Whoo, feels good to talk hockey again!

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I'd be more worried about our depth in a regular length season.

But even with those players out for the beginning of the year (which would be unlikely), we're still a good enough team to make the playoffs.

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MG might have some signings/trades already done that he just can't do yet due to the lockout. So we may have some added depth for Center and D, and/or Luongo could be gone...

Shortened season has some pros and cons though for sure.. For instance, a lot of our players will be pretty rusty and will take a while to get back, so here's hoping it wont take them too long since there's not a lot of games to warm up with.. But the rest will give Sedins and injured players a good break.. So it's pretty hard to tell what's going to happen...

For the record, I wouldn't mind a half season this year

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If you look at our normal trends:

October-November - Roughly .500 hockey

December-April - Dominant hockey (I'd guess .750, but don't have time to look at the numbers ATM)

May-June - Iffy

If that trend were to continue, we'd be right in our wheelhouse for the playoffs.

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Being that barely any Canucks are playing hockey right now, they may start the season quite slow, but would come into stride heading down the stretch and hopefully a long playoff run. Kesler was expected to miss half the year to begin with so he should only miss a month of hockey max if the season starts Jan 1.

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How are Kes, Edler and Garrison doing respectively health-wise? If they're good to go the team should be fine.

I think the team should still be fine for depth, but it's a matter of whether they actually step up and deliver or just look good on paper. Burr, Higgins, Booth, Hansen, Kassian (with his training and AHL play he's looked better), Lapierre, Raymond... that's quite a bit of depth up front (excited to see whether Pinizzotto and Schroeder get chances with the big club) and at least in the short run Ballard should be able to step in just in case Edler doesn't start the season (though with Garrison out the D-depth doesn't look AS good, they'd be one Top-4 D-man short). Hopefully Tanev's work on his shot produces results.

Schneider and whoever backs up better be ready though, esp. seeing how it would be Cory's first time as full-time starter in the NHL the backup better be good enough to be a 1B type who can take his share of starts in case he struggles with Lu gone.

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i think we are one of the deepest teams in the NHL

with Kesler and Edler out this would be our roster. Garrison is good to go if im not mistaken

D.Sedin H.Sedin Burrows

Booth Schroeder/Gaunce Higgins

Raymond Lapierre Hansen

Weise Malholtra Kassian

with Volpatti and Ebbett as spares

Bieksa Hamhuis

Garrison Ballard

Alberts Tanev

and call up Connauton or Joslin or someone

Schneider Luongo

thats still a decent team. its not presidents trophy worthy but its playoff bound

and with everyone healthy we have

D.Sedin H.Sedin Burrows

Booth Kesler Higgins

Raymond Lapierre Hansen

Wesie Malholtra Kassian

/volpatti, ebbett

bieksa hamhuis

edler garrison

ballard tanev

/alberts

schneider

luongo

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whats the hurry to get rid of luongo? keep him for a goaly tandem in a short season. i have a feeling schneider's gonna be rusty.

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whats the hurry to get rid of luongo? keep him for a goaly tandem in a short season. i have a feeling schneider's gonna be rusty.

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I don't think that when/if the season starts up that the Canucks or going to have to worry about their depth players.

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If there is hockey, I'd be happy to deal with any problem no matter how bad it is! Even the Luongo trade... <_<

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Even without them, this team is still better than half in the West.

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We can always call up players from our farm team in Florida.

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Yeah, I'd be worried about depth in a full season. But I understand, but yeah. I think we have enough depth, our farms even looking better.

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This could be worse starting out if Kesler, Edler/Garrison (any or all) do not start the shortened season whenever it starts between now and Jan 1 - but in a shortened season while it may help a veteran team, if they hit significant injuries, do they have enough depth to push through for a playoff seed? Compared to a team like Detroit (lots of depth) or Nashville (not much depth)...

Side note - does this shortened season now mean Lui stays for the short year in tandem with Schneider (in case of injury)?

Whoo, feels good to talk hockey again!

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whats the hurry to get rid of luongo? keep him for a goaly tandem in a short season. i have a feeling schneider's gonna be rusty.

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