1. The first sign is Luongo's confidence. Can he stay motivated and focused as the Canucks fight for a playoff spot with powerhouses such as the Sharks, Kings, Ducks, and Oilers?
Edmonton, for example, has been able to expose Luongo many times in the past and make him look sub par out there...
I think Luongo should give up twitter. Even Tortorella himself admitted it was a big distraction to a team trying to win especially with his often controversial comments. Sure, he gives his fans the occasional laugh, but is it worth costing the Canucks games? You be the judge.
2. The second sign is the uncertainty of center depth going in to the season. If Santorelli doesn't work out, who do the Canucks have? Schroeder, an undersized, one-dimensional center with a poor faceoff ability? Horvat, an undeveloped rookie who can't at this moment play at the nhl level? Dalpe, a recently acquired player known for his lack of defensive ability? Richardson, a 4th line center without the skill required to play on the third line?
3. Another sign is secondary scoring... Can we really rely on Higgins, Kesler, and Hansen as the guys to effectively chip in behind the Sedins? Higgins seems to be able to only provide offense suitable for a 3rd liner, Kesler only has a season high of SEVENTEEN even strength goals, and Jannik Hansen is only good for 40-50 points max in a season... The Canucks have lacked an effective second line for a very long time and it makes you wonder if that's a big reason as to why the Canucks haven't gone far in the playoffs these last two years..
I'm quite worried going in to this season and question whether the Canucks even have the ability to make the playoffs much less advance past the first round. Let's hope Tortorella has something magic up his sleeve or expect severe disappointment like the last two years..
Edited by penaltykiller, 01 October 2013 - 12:52 AM.