canuckistani Posted November 13, 2015 Share Posted November 13, 2015 IMO, the forward crew of Vancouver looks pretty solid for the next 3 years: We have Henrik, Daniel, burrows, Hansen, Horvat, Sutter, Dorsett,Virtanen, McCann as near-certainties for the next year or two, leaving us with at best, 3 roster spots. These 3 are going to be liberally contended by Baertschi, Cracknell, Higgins, Prust, Shinkaruk, Boeser (not next year, but the year after) and the free-market also provides us with options. On the other hand, our defense looks dire in the long term: only Tanev and Edler are reliable enough to figure in the roster for next year for sure, with Hutton being almost a certainty unless his play doesnt fully fall off for rest of the year. Remember, Stanton too had a stellar start last year and tailed off badly (though not as head-turning a start as Hutton). Beyond them, we are in a pickle. Hammers is older, weaker and slower and i am sorry to say this, but he simply has not been the shutdown monster we hoped he'd be after that fated lucic hip-check. Sbisa is also a near-certainty, though he certainly hasn't proven himself reliable enough as of yet, to play in late season/playoffs against 2nd line players of hungry teams ( same boat as Hutton but Hutton is ahead ATM). Bartkowsksi is a honest trier but he is never going to be good enough to be beyond a decent bottom pairing defenseman for a decent (but not defensively spectacular) team. Weber, i hope to God he gets a good deal in Switzerland... So that leaves us with a big gaping hole in our defense. IMO, we should look to tap into our abundant forwards potential and turn it into defense potential. So lets see what trades people come up with. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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