][/u]It is less the “right now” that is a concern for fans of the Vancouver Canucks, and more the direction of the franchise.
Canucks fans have watched Calgary and Edmonton sink into obscurity through poor drafting and development. Now they look at their own crop of “prospects,” and no matter how hard you squint, it’s hard to spot the cavalry that can bridge the gap until Bo Horvat can become an impact player.
The Canucks will be picked as a playoff team by most out West. But they’ve been a playoff team for five years running, and the question becomes: Are the Canucks getting closer to being a Stanley Cup contender, or further from being one?
“The last two playoff exits have been so disappointing,” Daniel Sedin told reporters in Vancouver on Sunday. “We know we have the team to go a long way and that’s why it sucks losing out so early. You know it’s tough in the playoffs and anything can happen. I don’t want to say we threw it away, but we didn’t play our best.”
San Jose swept the Canucks out of last year’s playoffs and was clearly the better team. The Sedins went goalless, and the Canucks couldn’t win a single game.
The Sharks have filled in their roster underneath Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau however, with high level, younger players like Olympic hopefuls Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
The Sedins need help, making the oft-injured Ryan Kesler perhaps the most pivotal player on the Canucks roster this season.
Not anything new really. It's the same old story. What interested me though was that in the comments section one of the interesting critiques was that behind the Sedins and Kesler, the Canucks lack one more impact player. I thought "there is some truth to that" given that once the Sedins are shutdown or Kesler is injured, the secondary scoring the Canucks have had in the playoffs has been spotty at best.
What do you think? Can the Canucks under Torts step up their game so the 'balanced' scoring approach proves the doubters wrong? Or, should MG push to aquire that "impact" player? With that said, how exactly would you expect MG to do that? He has said himself that those types of trades are not easy to make, and for once the Canucks have a solid prospect pool that shouldn't be traded away (IMO).
I like to think that teams like DET always have a fighting chance. They may not look the strongest on paper like PIT or BOS but with strong performances and a bit of luck great success can be had. For example, the 94 Canucks were far from favorites, but played their asses off to get to the final. I am happy to take my chances with that while building long term success with prospect development.
Edited by Kola Nuts, 16 September 2013 - 11:14 AM.