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#1 Tom Sestito

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 01:20 PM

As soon as he was signed, I thought that he could possibly be our third line center. He had a season where he put up 40 points I think? I think the coaches should look at playing him with Higgins + Hansen for a preseason game just to see what he can do.

Also, I don't believe Horvat has been given a fair enough opportunity yet. He hasn't been given the chance to excel like Hunter has, by playing with Kesler and Burrows, etc. I'd like to see the canucks play him with maybe, Booth + Burrows, or Higgins + Hansen one game, just to see how he can fair.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 01:25 PM

Santorelli/Richardson/Gaunce and Horvat should all have a chance at making the team in bona fide roles as C or W based on now injuries and playing abilities.

But...who knows right?

Santorelli should make it in some fashion without question
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CIaude Giroux Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:15 PM


He's out for 6 months (which will hinder his development) and he really needs that development. There's already worries that he won't translate to the NHL and he'll end up a huge ass bust.

 

 


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Posted 22 September 2013 - 01:30 PM

From what we've seen I think Santorelli deserves the 3rd line sport more than anyone else, but the sample size for Schroeder isn't really fair considering he didn't get a full game in.

We'll see. There's still time for them to make a decision.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 01:32 PM

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 01:38 PM

He's played better than most of the team so far
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 01:41 PM

Sedin-Sedin-Kassian
Booth-Kesler-Burrows
Higgins-Santorelli-Hansen
Richardson-Lain-Gaunce

Gaunce on the fourth line is a waste imo. I think we could burn up a few games of his ELC.

For two weeks or so, maybe get a feel of what these guys can do?

Daniel - Henrik - Kassian
Shinkaruk (make sure booth is healthy) - Kesler - Burrows
Higgins - Gaunce - Hansen
Richardson - Santorelli - Weise

Then after that, switch it to -

Daniel - Henrik - Kassian
Booth - Kesler - Burrows
Higgins - Santorelli/Schroeder - Hansen
Richardson/Sestito - Santorelli/Richardson - Weise
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 01:50 PM

Gaunce has had a really strong preseason imo and that has little to do with his goals. He is really good in his own zone and can make good passes out of the zone. That said if he makes the team it will be as a winger I think. Santorelli definitly has speed and could fit on the 3rd, with Schroeder's injuries it might make it a lot more likely. Horvat hasn't played well enough to get a spot out of camp which isn't a big deal as he is 18 and no one should of expected him to be ready yet.
This would be my ideal lineup but with injuries to Booth and Schroeder could see Shinkaruk getting a few games on the 2nd as he has looked the most dangerous of the young guys so far. I also think Lain might get a chance on the 4th to start the season as he has been quietly effective.

Sedin Sedin Kassian
Booth Kesler Burrows
Higgins Schroeder Hansen
Santorelli Richardson Weise

Edited by bigpush, 22 September 2013 - 01:51 PM.

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 01:53 PM

I'd like to see:

Sedin Sedin Kassian - Scoring line 1
Burrows Kesler Hansen - Checking line 2
Higgins Richardson Gaunce - Checking line 2
Booth Santorelli Schroeder - Scoring line 2
Weise/Sestito

Gives us a balanced lineup. Swap Schroeder for Weise/Sestito in more physical games. 5 on 5 all lines would get similar minutes, with the top two lines eating up a lot of special teams minutes.

Playing Gaunce with Higgins and Richardson wouldn't ruin his development, and Schroeder gets a shot to play with two decent offensive players.

Edited by canucklehead44, 22 September 2013 - 01:54 PM.

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 02:58 PM

Sedin-Sedin-Kassian
Booth-Kesler-Burrows
Higgins-Santorelli-Hansen
Richardson-Lain-Gaunce


Lain was sent down today
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 03:05 PM

Richardson I think has 3c to start the year, really like santi for the 13th

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 03:13 PM

Bo doesn't look close to being an option. Shink is the only prospect that looked like he deserved any playing time in the season. Maybe Gaunce too, but I see all three of em playing for their jr teams.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 03:52 PM

Being the most fit player to show up at training camp certainly did not hurt his chances.

I like Santorelli, he's a gamer!
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 03:58 PM

Bo doesn't look close to being an option. Shink is the only prospect that looked like he deserved any playing time in the season. Maybe Gaunce too, but I see all three of em playing for their jr teams.


Gaunce was way better defensively than Shink. I think both will make the team and Bo will be sent down and captain the London Knights this year
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 03:59 PM

Let Gaunce play for the first 9 games to see how he does. He's earned it.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 04:18 PM

Lain was sent down today


just saw that on twitter.i would have sent Sestito down before Lain.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 04:25 PM

When healthy

Sedin Sedin Burrows/Kassian
Schroeder Kesler Burrows/Kassian
Hansen Richardson Higgins
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 04:31 PM

just saw that on twitter.i would have sent Sestito down before Lain.


If I'm not mistaken, Sestito would have to clear waivers which he stands a decent chance of not clearing (as much as I may agree with you about his play). There aren't very many 6'5" 230 lb players who are as mobile as Sestito and who are also willing to fight people of his size (even if he tends to lose those fights).
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 05:13 PM

I don't think anyone trying to make this team is playing better than Santorelli right now, although I also don't understand Horvat being played with dusters or prospects always it's not even close i'm not sure it matters. Dude said he came to make a statement, things have been proven. I honestly don't see anything from any of the prospects other than Shinkaruk and Lack warranting even 9 games. Gaunce is bubble for me, he's there defensively and knows where to be at the net but he can't skate and doesn't cycle well so another year of junior is probably best.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 05:15 PM

If I'm not mistaken, Sestito would have to clear waivers which he stands a decent chance of not clearing (as much as I may agree with you about his play). There aren't very many 6'5" 230 lb players who are as mobile as Sestito and who are also willing to fight people of his size (even if he tends to lose those fights).


Tostitos should have his own spot in the press box unless we're playing someone like boston.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 05:18 PM

Bo is not ready.

Gaunce is not ready either.

Shinkaruk is the closest, but he needs to bulk up a bit to prevent early injuries that could plague him for his entire career.

Jordan played well before the injury and will be the 3rd line pivot IMO when he's healthy. Jensen starts in the AHL.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 06:13 PM

3rd line?!? He should be 1st line center and named Captain asap. Santorelli is the greatest player to ever wear a Canucks sweater. He will lead Vancouver to many cups and his number will be hanging from the rafters in GM Place as well as the HHOF. Quote it boys because you know this is truth.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 06:54 PM

3rd line?!? He should be 1st line center and named Captain asap. Santorelli is the greatest player to ever wear a Canucks sweater. He will lead Vancouver to many cups and his number will be hanging from the rafters in GM Place as well as the HHOF. Quote it boys because you know this is truth.


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Posted 22 September 2013 - 07:09 PM

So much for wanting to inject some youth in the line-up eh MG? the only young guy who was practicing with all the regulars was Shinkaruk, and he'll probably get bumped when Booth gets back.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 07:11 PM

Booth and Santorelli did have some chemistry when they were both on the same line in Florida.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 07:14 PM

He played great on a line with Booth in Florida I believe.

D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Kassian

Burrows - Kesler - Hansen

Booth - Santorelli - Higgins

Sestito - Richardson - Weise

that's if he's 3C.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 07:27 PM

Santorelli has outplayed everyone else for that 3rd center position, so far. It's still early though. Gaunce hasn't looked too bad either.

Edited by Kesheniel, 22 September 2013 - 07:28 PM.

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 07:35 PM

Santorelli has outplayed everyone else for that 3rd center position, so far. It's still early though. Gaunce hasn't looked too bad either.


If AV was still coaching and his jersey said EBBETT, he'd be on the first line to start the season.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 07:57 PM

3rd line should look like below:

Higgins- Gaunce-Santorelli

Gaunce has 2 goals in 3 preseason gms so far
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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:02 AM

I want to see this lineup when the regular season starts

Sedin Sedin Kassian
Burrows Kesler Shinkaruk
Higgins Richardson Hansen
Gaunce Santorelli Booth
Weise

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 05:37 AM

Santorelli and Richardson deserve the two bottom-6 centre spots, Torts should just see which one has the most chemistry with Higgins and Hansen. Richardson looked good with them, but so did Santorelli at times.

As for Gaunce, play him on the wing. Good to get him into the NHL without too much responsibility of center. I hope to see this for game 1:

Sedin - Sedin - Kassian
Burrows - Kesler - Booth
Higgins - Richardson - Hansen
Gaunce - Santorelli - Shinkaruk/Ferriero (this guy needs more of a shot)
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