Heretic Posted May 5, 2015 Share Posted May 5, 2015 From The Province Sports: Edit: There are graphs but they are not "images" that can be posted here so click on the link to see them: http://blogs.theprovince.com/2015/05/04/the-fans-verdict-how-you-rate-the-canucks-season/ The most significant advantage youth has over age is hope. And, it seems, Canuck fans are looking for a whole lot more hope in the lineup. Respondents of The Province’s postseason poll couldn’t get enough of Bo Horvat. Now, they’re looking for more. Most of the 2,800 or so who responded to a 15-question poll after the Canucks lost to the Calgary Flames appear convinced the Canucks have to get younger. On that, they’re hardly alone. But, it seems, fans’ ravenous appetite for more youth goes well beyond getting Adam Clendening, Sven Baertschi and Frank Corrado — all of whom will be waiver-eligible — into the lineup. The poll’s majority want veterans, notably Kevin Bieksa and Chris Higgins, on their way out while a string of prospects, including Nicklas Jensen, Jake Virtanen and Hunter Shinkaruk, making their way in. Of course, even if management agrees in principle, this type of change remains unrealistic for a couple of reasons: There are too many no-trade clauses, and the Canucks are bent on trying to make the playoffs again. That last point remains fascinating, given the poll’s results. Sixty-two per cent of those polled said they did not attend a game this year. Many believe the Canucks’ fanbase would be eroded if they iced a younger lineup that didn’t make the playoffs for two or three years. Yet, the message from Canucks fans who participated is pretty clear. It’s play the kids. It’s understandable. Having a pool of decent prospects after more than a decade of poor drafting will tend to do that to a fan base. Plus, Vancouver spent the past seven months falling in love with Horvat. Even though he’s a special player who was able to do things in the NHL at 19 which most teenagers can’t, he has altered the view for many on how to best develop prospects. He may have finished 14th in rookie scoring, but you’d be challenged to find many young players with more fans. A whopping 57 per cent of respondents said they’d go with Horvat if given a free voucher to buy a jersey. No other Canuck received more than 10 per cent of the vote and only two (Henrik Sedin with eight per cent and Eddie Lack with seven per cent) got more than five. As if that wasn’t enough, Horvat finished second to Radim Vrbata in polling on the Canucks’ best player this past season. The favoured prospect to be the next Horvat, among those polled, is Jake Virtanen. He was 2014’s sixth overall pick but just finished an underwhelming post-shoulder-surgery season in which his goals-per-game dropped from 0.63 in his draft year to 0.42. Interesting that Linden Vey, another rookie, finished with one fewer point than Horvat but was picked as the second-biggest disappointment, trailing only Bieksa. Not sure what fans were expecting from Bieksa to make him such a disappointment. More than half the poll’s respondents want to see Vey, Bieksa and Higgins on different teams come October. The poll’s most substantial surprise appeared to be saved for the net. The respondents’ first choice in picking the tandem for next year was to go back to the way 2014-15 started. The winning combination was Ryan Miller as the No. 1 and Eddie Lack as the backup. That option received 37 per cent of the vote. At first, this runs counter to the ongoing narrative that Lack is the crowd-pleaser who has more fans. However, a closer look at the six options — three of which had Miller as the No. 1 and three offering the starting spot to Lack — shows 56 per cent preferred options with Lack as the starter compared to 44 per cent for Miller. Fans do remain behind the new management. The majority rated the individual performances of Trevor Linden, Jim Benning and Willie Desjardins a four out of five in their first year. And, in the exercise’s one slam dunk, 93 per cent of those polled think life is better with Desjardins than it was with John Tortorella. Not even the disappointing loss to the Flames in the first round deterred respondents. Only 18 per cent said the season did not meet their expectations. Just 25 per cent said they’d have lower expectations for next year. A few other results from the survey: twitter.com/botchford http://blogs.theprovince.com/2015/05/04/the-fans-verdict-how-you-rate-the-canucks-season/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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