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3 hours ago, kingofsurrey said:

just enjoying finally starting a real rebuild

Where you been the past 3-4 years?

 

3 hours ago, 48MPHSlapShot said:

Here's my optimistic prediction.

 

The rebuild continues...

 

The trolls go away....

Easiest way to facilitate that is to have a winning record.  The tank crowd will then start complaining, but that's not ever going to end until we become contenders.

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1 hour ago, Stech said:

That's what I hope to see too. To reiterate though, is it better for us to be eliminated in the first round vs. the conference final? What would be considered the most beneficial "experience" for the team, particularly the kids?

Of course we'd always like to get as far as possible, but there's also the negative of it raising false expectations.  Playoffs for the kids is certainly of more benefit that missing the playoffs entirely.  Typically when teams first make "the jump" they go out early or maybe win one round but that's about it.  Winnipeg and to a lesser extent NJ and Colorado seemed to take that step this year, but especially for the latter two will have to see if they make it a baseline and continue to improve, or if they end up like Calgary in 2015 and find fool's gold.

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For those that start screaming about failed expectations when the Canucks end up again missing the playoffs, here's what Benning said about acquiring Tavares: "Where we are at in rebuilding, I don't know if it makes sense to have a player who makes that much money. We didn't really pursue it.

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15 minutes ago, SILLY GOOSE said:

just beat the oilers

Looking forward to playing the Alberta teams this year.  We can put Sutter and 'Derek' Roussel against McDavid and RNH, then unleash the two scoring kid lines against the rest of their slugs.  Against the Flames, Roussel will be free to have his way with Johnny Hoggy and we further blanket their second line with our other UFAs.  The likes of Beagle, Shaller, and Guddy will also keep Lucic and Tkachuk on their best behavior should they get uppity.

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Well, why not ...

 

1) Players:

- Brock Boeser hits a sophomore slump, but still puts up 60 points (35 G and 25 A)

- Bo Horvat does not get injured and also hits 60 points (20 G and 40 A)

- Sven Baertschi plays 60 games for us and puts ups 40 points (20 G and 20 A)

- Elias Pettersson makes the team for opening night and puts up 40 points (20 G and 20 A)

- Quinn Hughes makes the team for opening night

- Adam Guadette makes the team for opening night and puts up 20 points for the season (10 G and 10 A)

 

2) Trades/Signings:

- Sam Gagner, Ben Hutton, and Markus Granlund are all traded by the trade deadline for mid-round picks

- In February 2019, there will be huge rumours about trading Erik Gudbranson, but he stays on the team for the season

- Alex Edler re-signs with the Canucks following the 2018-2019 season

 

3) Happenings:

- Canucks re-sign Alex Burrows to a one day contract so he can retire as a Canuck and he skates one last warm-up during a game in Vancouver

- The Sedin's jerseys are retired and both are inducted into the Ring of Honour on the same night

- On Saturday, January 5th, 2019, the Canucks beat the Leafs 4-3 in Overtime with both Matthews and Boeser getting hat tricks in the game

- The Canucks make the 2019 playoffs on the last day of the season by securing the last wildcard spot with the game winning goal scored by Pettersson on the power play assisted by both Horvat and Boeser thus symbolizing the full transition to the new era of the Canucks

- The Canucks defeat the LA Kings in the first round in Game Seven on the flukiest of fluke overtime goals that makes Bieksa's stanchion assisted goal in the 2011 playoffs look like a masterful set play

- The Canucks lose in five in the second round to the Vegas Golden Knights

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Posted (edited)

Finish Third worst pick 5th. 

Team will be harder to play against but scoring will still be a problem...again  as will keeping pucks out of the net....again.

 

HOWEVER.........

The 19/20 season the corner will be turned and the out of the ashes of despair will rise an orca in the shape of the letter C. 

While shannaplans CAP out, A revamp  from the west will emerge and quickly become a dominant force that 1 Oil covered McMuffin or a flaming little Jonny hockey won’t be able to contain. 

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, ruilin96 said:

Elias Pettersson not only win the Calder but is also in the race for the Art Ross scoring a 92 point rookie season (32 goals and 60 assists).

Brock Boeser continues to establish himself as one of the league's best snipers scoring 45 goals putting up 82 points. He is only behind Ovechkin and Laine in goals scored in the entire league.

Bo Horvat wins the Selke while putting up 73 points and play tremendous defensive hockey. Horvat was also named captain by Janurary of 2019.

Jonathan Dahlen surprises everyone at camp, made the regular roster by November and scoring 50+ points in his rookie season.

The play of both Pettersson and Dahlen light a fire under Louis Eriksson, and he end up scoring 26 goals and 50+ points for the team.

Virtanen continues to improve his play and scores 20 goals and finds himself on the top 6 by the end of the regular season.

 

Olli Juolevi proves to be a great pick by making the line up out of camp and scoring 40 points in his rookie season while playing in all situation.

Quinn Hughes also made the roster out of camp, scoring 50 points as a rookie Defenseman.

The play of Hughes and Juolevi made Del Zotto expendable and we got a 3rd round pick for Del Zotto.

Hutton comes back stronger then ever, putting up 30+ points while playing well in all situations.

Stecher's play also improved significantly influenced by Quinn Hughes.

 

In net, both Markstrom and Nilsson got fluky injury very early on in the year, forcing the Canucks to make Demko the starter near the end of October. Demko took on the spotlight and never takes a step back from here onward. Canucks traded Nilsson for a late round pick, going with the Demko/Markstrom tandem when every got healthy.

 

The Canucks surprises everyone and made the playoffs as the #2 team in the Pacific Division.

Took out the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs.

Then took out Division leading Vegas Golden Knights in round 2.

In round 3, the Canucks continues to surprise everyone and eliminated the Winnipeg Jets in a hard fought 7 game series.

 

In the Cup Final the Canucks take on the Leafs.

Virtanen made Nylander his bitch the entire series by targetting him and hitting him every play while also scoring clutch goals at the key moment. In contrast, Nylander becomes invisible as a result of Virtanen's physical play.

Tavares and Matthews begins to develop a rift as things starts to fall apart for the Leafs.

Canucks won the cup in 5 games (lifting the Cup in Toronto and shove it in the face of their fans and media). 

Horvat wins the Conn Smythe by putting up 30 points in 22 playoff games.

During the Stanley Cup presentation, CBC got salty and cut out the live presentation to show the 1967 Leafs Stanley Cup parade footages instead.

 

It was later revealed in reports that after Horvat receives the cup from Bettman he passes the cup to Edler first (because he is the longest tenure Canuck) out of respect. Edler made the wrong gesture/impression that everyone thought he was going to pass the Cup to Boeser but he passes to Eriksson instead. CDC starts to speculate like crazy and made multiple threads on why didn't Edler pass the Cup to Boeser :lol:

 

 

 

This is fabulous, and needed to be quoted.  Too good!  Could happen too:)

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8 hours ago, janisahockeynut said:

Back to the original Post

 

I would love for this to be true

 

My only hope is that CDC and Canuck fans in general remember that the new prospects will have ups and downs and will have growing pains

as with all young players put into a higher league where there are higher expectations

 

My fear, is that the fans forget these are first and second year players and put their own expectations over the players true reality, where there 

is a learning curve. 

 

(This was last exhibited after Gaudette played the last 5 games of the year, and was deemed a bum by some posters.)

 

This will take time in most cases and there will  be failures, as well as successes...….

 

Personally, I have no team expectations this year, and only hope the "talent": we have amassed, develops to their ceilings, over the next few seasons.

 

If we get that, we will all be very happy....but don't expect it all to happen as we have written it! There most likely will be bumps!

While I was part of the group of people that was a bit disappointed that Gaudette didn't show a scoring touch in his brief stint with us last season, I think for the most part this fan base is well aware that these kids are going to have their ups and downs and they're more than ok living with the downs that will surely come. 

 

IMO it's been our coaches over the last handful of seasons that have been reluctant to roll with the youth. Maybe it was the failed experiment of Virtanen and McCann? But I really hope our coaches/mamagement stick to their word and play the kids and I'm not talking about Brock or even Petterson if he kicks down the door right out of the gate. It's easy to play a kid when he's a star. I'm talking about Goldobin, Gaudette, Leipsic, Boucher, Dahlen and anyone else knocking on the door. These kids aren't going to have the same effect that Brock had right out the gate. Is Travis going to throw them back out there after a mistake if they aren't scoring like Brock? I don't know...

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Bold prediction? We make the playoffs. Reality, we end up finishing third overall only to move back two spots and draft fifth.

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5 hours ago, Hutton Wink said:

Where you been the past 3-4 years?

 

Easiest way to facilitate that is to have a winning record.  The tank crowd will then start complaining, but that's not ever going to end until we become contenders.

A proper rebuild would have involved collecting extra picks

 

where u been ? 

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2 hours ago, kingofsurrey said:

A proper rebuild would have involved collecting extra picks

 

where u been ? 

Sure, when you create your own dictionary.  What do you call it when you trade away picks for rentals, then exit in the first round and don't even re-sign them?

 

Oh yeah -- #shanaplan #rebuildover #thirdstraightcup2019

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33 minutes ago, Hutton Wink said:

Sure, when you create your own dictionary.  What do you call it when you trade away picks for rentals, then exit in the first round and don't even re-sign them?

 

Oh yeah -- #shanaplan #rebuildover #thirdstraightcup2019

You refuse to have high expectations for canucks management 

 

u are the kind of fan teams love 

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2 minutes ago, kingofsurrey said:

You refuse to have high expectations for canucks management 

 

u are the kind of fan teams love 

OR he simply has expectations that are currently being met.

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38 minutes ago, kingofsurrey said:

You refuse to have high expectations for canucks management

Apparently they're doing well enough for you...

 

13 hours ago, kingofsurrey said:

enjoying the ride

...even though you've had no idea what's happened the past 3-4 years.

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Baertschi - Plays on a top line with Horvat and Boeser but JB sells high on him and he gets traded.

 

Virtanen - Works on his hands in the offseason and breaks out into a top 6 forward. 45+ point season.

 

Pettersson - Takes the 2nd line C spot and scores 50-60 points while also playing on the 1st PP unit.

 

Eriksson - Plays on a line with Pettersson and Virtanen and proves to be a calm veteran presence, returning to 40+ point form. 

 

Goldy - Either finds a spot in the top 6 or gets traded for a draft pick/prospect.

 

Gaudette - Spends most of the season as a 3rd line winger scoring 30+ points while also getting decent PP/PK minutes.

 

Juloevi - Becomes a top 3 defenseman on the team and plays on the 1st PP unit scoring over 30 points his rookie season. 

 

Chatfield surprised out of camp and gets called up whenever we get injuries on defense especially on the right side. 

 

Granny/Hutton/MDZ/Pouliot/Gagner all get looked at as trade bait. 

 

Demko starts the season splitting snaps with Markstrom 30-70/40-60 then ultimately takes the starting job mid-late season. 

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I saw this NHL 18 simulation just a little while ago that had Horvat scoring 77 points and winning the Selke.  Since I trust EA to be the most reliable source for sports I am fully confident that this will happen this year.

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Posted (edited)

There are too many of the same blah Dmen on the roster. 

I can see one of them gone early in the season and one of Tanev or Edler gone too. 

Bye Hutton.

I will say the same goes for Goldy and the rest are pretty safe from ‘Trader Jim’ doing anything to acquire extra picks.

 

My main hope is that none of our kid stars get injured this off-season. 

 

EP needs to have a season for the ages for JB and the fans. It almost doesn’t matter how much he plays as long as he does to the fans what Bure did. Watching a few shifts of Hughes sending bombs up to EP on the wing should revitalize the crowd for good. 

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4 hours ago, 189lb enforcers? said:

There are too many of the same blah Dmen on the roster

I can see one of them gone early in the season and one of Tanev or Edler gone too. 

Bye Hutton.

I will say the same goes for Goldy and the rest are pretty safe from ‘Trader Jim’ doing anything to acquire extra picks.

 

My main hope is that none of our kid stars get injured this off-season. 

 

EP needs to have a season for the ages for JB and the fans. It almost doesn’t matter how much he plays as long as he does to the fans what Bure did. Watching a few shifts of Hughes sending bombs up to EP on the wing should revitalize the crowd for good. 

absolutely agree with bolded on the D

 

Hughes Juolevi and Woo are a good start to re build the D but they may not make an impact this year.

 

EP doesn't necessarily need to do anything this year. I think everyone agrees he is capable and hopefully comes in and has a strong rookie campaign. But if he doesn't what is the effect? I don't expect the team to make the playoffs this year. What if he just comes in and puts up 40 points? Is there panic in the streets?

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