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When healthy is this Canucks roster better than the 2011 Stanley Cup Final team?

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I was going over our lines this evening and I slotted in all of our injured players into the lineup. If we get hot at the right time I think this team HEALTHY is better than the team in 2011. Roy gives us a legit third line that can score and our fourth line is much tougher. Check out the line combos below, do you agree or disagree?

Sedin Sedin Burrows

Raymond Kesler Booth

Higgins Roy Hansen

Weise Lappiere Kassian/Sestito

Bieksa Edler

Hamhuis Garrison

Ballard Tanev

Schnieder

Luongo

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Scratch Booth and add Jensen or Schroeder and I think we could be better than our 2011 team. Schneider is playing even more lights-out right now than him and Luongo were in 2011, and our 3rd line is much more of a scoring threat........the only pieces I miss are Ehrhoff's PP ability (I don't miss his 5-on-5 play) and Raffi Torres in the bottom 6.....This team is MUCH faster than the 2011 team IMO as well

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If only Jensen was a little further along I'd say yes. Do Tanev and Garrison replace Salo and Erhoff? I don't think so, and for that I'd say 2011 was better. But this team has a better overall set of forwards. Who knows what could happen if they got hot at the right time.

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I disagree with scratching Booth for either youngster, Jensen will be a great player in a few years but in the few games he played I could tell he was not ready and needs to get stronger, Shroeder is still missing something, I don't know if he can become a top 6 guy in the league but I hope I'm wrong about this, he too is not ready. Booth gives us a dimension of speed and the ability to go hard to the net where as others on our team don't have that "offensive crash the net" skill set.

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It's not about the individual skill of the players.. If we're looking at it like that, then sure we're better this year.

What was so special about the 2011 team was that they knew they were the best and played like they were the best. They understood that nobody could possibly beat them if they were on their game. Does this team have that mindset? No, not even close.

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The forward group, when healthy, it's 4x times better than the 2011 team. Easily. Not even close. Not only are they better on paper, but they have a deeper and more versatile group.

I wrote this in another thread, but you'll recall the 2011 team not having a 4th line - at all. The plugs/AHLers that were rolled out during the playoffs were highly sheltered and often a liability. Therefore, AV gave them little TOI. Now, 2 of 3 fourth liners play on the PK and eat heavy d-zone starts. Basically, the 4th line now plays an important role on the team.

2011 3rd line was Hansen- Lappy - Torres. While they were a physical line, they combined for 9 goals in 25 playoff games - or 3 goals each in 25 playoff games. That's pretty sad considering the amount of ice time they were getting.

Quite frankly looking back, I'm not sure how the 2011 team got to gm 7 with only 1.5 lines. It was all Sedins, Kesler, Luongo and the d-core. Raymond had 2 freekin goals, Samuelsson had 1, Higgins had 4 and that was it. It's easy to see why shutting down the Sedins and a hobbled Kesler was the demise in gm 7.

The 2011 team and this team have the same puck possession underlying #'s. The PP stinks this yr, but I really don't care cause they're not getting PP's in the playoffs. They need to be a strong even strength team with a great PK.

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No, but it's not too far off.

2011 was incredible.

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On paper sure.

In reality in 2011 Edler and Ehrhoff were both playing like Norris candidates, the Sedins were both playing like league MVPs and Kesler played well enough to beat out Datsyuk for the Selke. Plus our PP was easily the best in the league.

We have the same core personnel this year but for whatever reason they're not playing up to their potential. If they get hot at the right moment we could have a great run this year, but that's what everyone was banking on last year too and they couldn't elevate their game when it mattered...

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In 2011 Edler and Ehrhoff were a defensive disaster pairing in the playoffs. They were killed at even strength. They played very easy mins and still couldn't hold their own. This yr, Canucks have 2.5 pairing who can effectively eat 'tough minutes'. 2011 team, they had Hamhuis/Juice and sometimes Salo. This yr, Canucks have a way more versatile and stronger defensivly back end. They just don't have the depth beyond Ballard/Tanev that they did in 2011- esp on the right side.

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Nope. They dont have a devastating PP like that 2011 team did. Malholtra also gave that team a huge advantage.

Edit: Additionally, the core was a couple years younger, and Kesler didnt have the mileage.

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Edler and Ehrhoff never played together after Edler came back from his injury. (They played like 2 games and then were separated because they were bad but that was the regular season)

The pairings were:

Hamhuis - Bieksa

Edler - Salo

Ehrhoff - Rome/Alberts/Tanev

Edler was also beastly that year, so was Ehrhoff. Far from "defensive disasters.." Unless you're referring to the like 2 games they played together after Edler came back, then sure..

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On paper sure.

In reality in 2011 Edler and Ehrhoff were both playing like Norris candidates, the Sedins were both playing like league MVPs and Kesler played well enough to beat out Datsyuk for the Selke. Plus our PP was easily the best in the league.

We have the same core personnel this year but for whatever reason they're not playing up to their potential. If they get hot at the right moment we could have a great run this year, but that's what everyone was banking on last year too and they couldn't elevate their game when it mattered...

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I agree, I will take Hamhuis/Garrison over Edler/Ehrhoff every day of the week.

Garrison has been an outstanding addition, I said it at the time, during the lockout, even when he struggled, and I maintain it now.

Garrison is better for the playoffs than Ehrhoff, IMO that was an upgrade because they recent cup winners have succeeded with players like Garrison, big shutdown guys that can handle big bodies, top pairs, and can skate and move the puck up the ice. Garrison does all this and comes with the biggest shot I have seen in years in a Vancouver uniform.

This team is easily better on paper than the 2011 team. They just have to player like the 2011 team played and get that confidence. With Cory Schneider backing us up I could see it. I think Cory is someone who could have a Quick/Thomas esque playoff run and lead a team to a cup.

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This team's playoff hopes rests solely on which Kesler shows up for the playoffs.

We ain't going nowhere if Kesler doesn't play at his best.

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Ya, Garrison by himself is better defensivly that Edler/Erhoff combined that yr. I've been a big Garrison fan as well. He has stud underlying #'s while eating tough mins - I'll take that type of d-man any day over a guy who can barely handle sheltered mins (Erhoff). It's a luxury for a team to roll out 2 'shut down' type parings. Canucks can do that this yr - they couldn't in 2011.

Ya, confidence or swagger or whatever you'd call it might be an issue. Clearly Canucks org. agrees cause they recruited that European sports psychologist with the premise of "we're concerned about our team mentally after the Cup finals run". The problem this yr is they just haven't played will a full team yet. They really don't know how good they are, or can be, cause they've had the farm team playing in their bottom 6 for so long. Once Kesler comes back, we'll see the real team.

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