*Buzzsaw* Posted December 21, 2015 Share Posted December 21, 2015 Maybe we as fans didn't want this season to turn out the way it has. Maybe we were hoping for a repeat or better of last season, with the new guys and the vets integrating seamlessly into a renewed Canuck team which could actually contend. But shyte happens, and the team is playing short of some key personel. And the young guys are really up against it. The good news is I believe I detect signs the youngsters are responding. It seems in the last couple games, they have stopped waiting for the Sedins and the rest of the vets to bail them out, (no Henrik to do it anyway ) and have realized they have to take the bull by the horns and determine the outcome of games by themselves. While I don't expect the rest of the season to turn around and the Canucks to suddenly become a top echelon team, what is happening bodes well for the future. Guys like Horvat, McCann and Baertschi are staking their places as leaders in the Canucks of the future. I am especially happy with Horvat. It seems like he is a slow starter, last year he didn't get going till mid season, and this year he is following that script. But he is doing it against a much tougher set of opponents... now that he is basically the #1 center. There is only one thing which I wish Bo and the Coaching staff would work on a little more... for most of the season he has tended to go a little too easy on his opponents on the forecheck, a lot of times he seems to ease up at the last moment, even when he could deliver a shoulder to shoulder check. He sorta glides in and puts his arms around them, instead of bracing and shifting his weight into the hit. But the last two games he is been more physical. I'd also really like to see the coaches work with the young guys on trying to be a little more creative offensively. Right now they tend to play their positions... straight up and down the wing. There is very little criss crossing when they go through center ice or when they enter the zone. So they tend to be a little predictable. Bo has the standard move of accelerating and trying to get past on the wing, and then go around the net... if he would try a cut into the center once and and while it would keep the opposing defense guessing a little more. The lines need to work on their timing and coordination on crossing the blue line more so the puck carrier can make a move without putting everyone offside. It would be great if this current line of Horvat, Baertschi and Vrbata could stay together for a while so they can develop more of the chemistry which is obviously there. Maybe this season is not going to be one of the record setters for Canuck's fans, but at least we can enjoy watching the core of a new team form. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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