You have seen their offensive numbers post-season, right?
This season is looking like deja vu. I don't see anything in their offensive system/production that convinces me they will be effective post-season against the tighter checking/better coaching/slacker reffing that we have seen in the past.
The 1st unit PP is tired looking and predictable.
For this team to compete, it has to have outstanding goal tending, something they have had the luxury of and that has covered up for some pretty slack and careless efforts.
EIther the top 6 has to find another gear offensively, one that works in the playoff environment or MG needs to find a legitimate top 6 player along the lines of Getzlaf or Perry. The reclamation projects (Booth, HIggins, Lappy) are okay as a supporting cast but so far, they have not shown the ability to bring it when it counts.
The Canucks averaged 2.8 G/P through the first three rounds of 2011, which is solid. Kesler played the Finals on one leg, and Malhotra with one eye, meaning the team was effectively down two top-9 centres.
Kesler was also injured against LAK, and Pahlsson didn't add any scoring punch to the third line.
Kesler is the x-factor again this year. If he returns to 2010-11 form and stays healthy, offense shouldn't be a problem. If he again struggles through injuries, then it probably won't be our year.
Anyhow, I don't disagree that secondary scoring has been an issue in the past - that is, when Kesler hasn't been at his best. And if it appears to be a problem again this year, I would be in favour of a top-6 playmaker being acquired for a reasonable price. But the post of mine which you quoted was a refutation of the idea that the coaches are holding back the forwards with a cautious, defense-first system. The data shows that to be false.
Edited by Mookie Wilson, 18 February 2013 - 11:31 AM.