J.I.A.H.N Posted October 1, 2015 Share Posted October 1, 2015 Well, 4 games into the pre-season and I have the same feelings of the Canuck roster, the same feelings of the up and coming season. First off, the Vegas odds on the Canucks winning the cup are 85 to 1, and I have a lot more confidence in their ability to analyze the reality of the NHL, then ours. Simply put, that puts us in the 25 OA position, according to the Vegas odds makers, and I would imagine they gave us the benefit of the doubt, and shined up our chances just a little, so they can take a little more money from those that think, that is good enough odds to bet on the Canucks. As for our bubble players, Hansen, Vey, Higgins, Prust, Weber, Corrado, and Kenins, well........they just are not bubble players. With the exception of Gaunce and maybe Hutton making the team, why would Vancouver even consider exposing any of these players or trading anyone of these players now, when their replacements, would gain invaluable experience playing in their appropriate leagues and are not measurably better. I can see some vets moving out at the deadline, but not before. Yes, McCann has played well, but will gain invaluable experience playing his last year of junior for a winning franchise, and playing 20 to 25 minutes a game, in all situations, instead of 10 to 12 minutes a game in the NHL. Patience is a virtue in this case and we will not burn a year of his ELC, while he gets stronger...you wait and see how he develops......yes he is showing he belongs but don't get too excited and wait a season....trust me, it will be better for both McCann and the Canucks in the long term. Virtanen needs to experience a season of dominating his opposition, it will help his offense, and again, he isn't head and shoulders better than any of the above players.....he should stay in junior, IMO. Hutton, well he would sure benefit from a whole year in the AHL, playing top minutes, on the PP and PK.....he will get called up for injuries and will not burn that 1st year of ELC, so all in all, its a win win situation for him. Finally, the league and in particular the division has gotten stronger, we have not seen a Vancouver team that scores a lot of goals, and that is probably what Vegas sees when doling out the odds. I see a lot of promise in our youngsters, but I do not see where we improved, and they are really only providing hope, and not additional skill at this point........ As for Gaunce, he looks ready for his role, and may surprise us a little, his maturity is obvious, and I could see him ending up our 4th line center, with Prust and Dorsett on his wings.......Vey may develop a very sore butt by the end of the year sitting in the press box. Markstrom, well we can only hope what he is showing now is what he has become...truly! Anyways, it is sure good to see the promise in our young players! Cheers Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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