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Pre-season, albeit it all starts on time is only just over a month away, and I for one am very excited to witness the upcoming season, as from the looks of it, it's going to be not only a huge one for our organization, but one that will be also both interesting and fun to watch.

Cory Schnieder:

It will be this man's first season as a starter, and after being well developed through the AHL and given big and crucial games to test him and give him the experience and confidence he needed to take his place as a starter in the NHL.

This will without a doubt be my #1 player to watch on our team, many say he will falter, and I don't quite see the reason why. Here's to hoping he proves many wrong and comes out as strong as he went out at the end of last season.

Zack Kassian:

For Kassian, last year couldn't have put more pressure on this kid to come here and do big things instantly after being dealt to the Canucks for what was our blue chip up and coming centre in Cody Hodgson. Although Kassian had spurts of great moments, there were also moments where he wasn't proving to be what many had expected out of him, and fell into AV's doghouse pretty quickly.

So this year, I'm sure many of us hope Kassian gets given a bigger role (atleast I do). We all saw when he was on the line with the Sedin twins that no one messed with them whatsoever, so he does have that intimidation that one Milan Lucic has, whom many have compared him to, he just has to find his fit this year with the team, and put his spurts of energy we saw to good use.

Ryan Kesler:

Unfortunately for Kesler, he has begun to build a reputation many of us and I'm sure he himself hopes to shred this season, "Diver". But through all that, the 2010-2011 Selke winner has much to prove after having back to back shoulder surgeries over the last two off-seasons.

After coming up far short of his 41 goals in 2010-11, his game fell dramatically in 2011-12. The reason I believe is because his play in the offensive zone has become very one-dimensional, much like Washington Capital's Alex Ovechkin's. Here's to hoping he can find that game he had once again, that "beast mode" that we all remembered back in the Nashville series, and that it won't be the only thing we remember him for when we mention his name.

Mason Raymond:

Not much needs to be said for Raymond, who has failed to impress from his 28 goal season back in 2009-10, and is continuously falling downhill from that marker. Pressure will be on the kid in his last season as an RFA before he is eligible for UFA, but who says he might even be here come the end of the season depending on how he performs.

Jason Garrison:

The B.C. native couldn't be happier to come to his hometown after signing what some have called a risky contract, and indeed it might be, but Garrison has improved each season in Florida that he has played, so with Edler the more than likely candidate to play with him, we can only expect just as big, and maybe better things to come from the so-called replacement for Sami Salo, even if Garrison was playing last season with a newly reborn Brian Campbell.

So these are going to be the five players I will be watching the most next season. The very idea of these players, playing for the Canucks gets me so riled up and excited for next season (even if it starts in December).

And yes, even Mason Raymond has me excited, because this is his make or break year in the NHL. :]

Thanks for reading (If you did), Only my second thread I've ever created, I tend to stay away from making topics :x

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Thanks for posting your interests/concerns for the up-coming season, and please try and ignore the "turds-that-troll" these boards .. they seldom have anything positive to say, but they do help keep the average I.Q. of this site below the Provincial norm ..

I, too am interested in the 5 players you are keen on, and would add Ballard and Malhotra to the discussion as well ..

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Thanks for posting your interests/concerns for the up-coming season, and please try and ignore the "turds-that-troll" these boards .. they seldom have anything positive to say, but they do help keep the average I.Q. of this site below the Provincial norm ..

I, too am interested in the 5 players you are keen on, and would add Ballard and Malhotra to the discussion as well ..

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Pre-season, albeit it all starts on time is only just over a month away, and I for one am very excited to witness the upcoming season, as from the looks of it, it's going to be not only a huge one for our organization, but one that will be also both interesting and fun to watch.

Cory Schnieder:

It will be this man's first season as a starter, and after being well developed through the AHL and given big and crucial games to test him and give him the experience and confidence he needed to take his place as a starter in the NHL.

This will without a doubt be my #1 player to watch on our team, many say he will falter, and I don't quite see the reason why. Here's to hoping he proves many wrong and comes out as strong as he went out at the end of last season.

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If there is an NHL season and not a lockout, I would also look forward to see Schneider play as a starter and see if he can still play while the pressure is on him in Vancity. But what I really think we need is a solid back-up goalie, that way Schneider doesn't have to play around 75+ games with all fatigue in his first year as a starter. But I really have a feeling he will have a great 2 months at the start of the season. :)

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Thanks for your input, and yes, I've read alot on these forums so I do understand who won't really add more to the thread than that of what I've started.

I do agree as well, with Malholtra and Ballard, and may I say I would've liked to add Booth to that mix, for this season he is ready to have the chemistry he tried to build last year and put it to good use this year.

Personally I feel our whole team will be exciting this year, but I felt like just listing a few "Top Dogs".

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Thanks for the good read.

I would also add Lapierre, Ballard and Malhotra to the list.

Lapierre will get a chance to move up if we don't sign Arnott. Lapierre has shown that he can play a bigger role than a 4th line centre.

I also want to see if the Sedins up their play this year. They have shown that they can be 100 pt players so I hope that they can rebound this season.

Malhotra should be back at centre even if he is only on the 4th line. It would be great if he could steal his 3rd line centre spot back.

I think that Ballard will be traded if Garrison is that #4 dman who can play with Edler. The knock on Ballard is his contract size which is too high for a 3rd pairing dman.

I hope that there is not a lockout again this year. If there is, I hope Bettman loses his job (hmmmm actually I hope loses his job no matter what happens).

I am really excited to see Schneider as a starter and don't see the rush to aquire a backup. We have the best backup in the game until Luongo is traded. If Luo starts the season in a backup role, there is going to be huge pressure on Schneider to get it done because he knows that Luo just might take #1 back. Schneider will have to learn to handle the pressure early which will make him even better when the playoffs arrive.

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GOOD POST

the most exciting thing for the canucks this upcoming season is the goalie situation.

- will we trade for a top nhl player that can help us win now

- will we get prospects for the future

- will luuuu out play cory and keep his job

- will cory outplay lu

- will MG decide to keep em both and play them as a tandem

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I find that if I canna be optimistic about the players and Team as a whole, then I am wasting my precious time following this team .. it is a good thing to look forward to this season with hope .. I am excited about our team going forward .. other than the Messier era, I have always awaited the seasons start filled with optimism .. we should be thankful for the last few seasons, and all the success we have had, despite no Cup as yet .. to paraphrase an old axiom .. for something to have true worth, one must be strive for it .. :canucks:

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