underrated Posted December 22, 2016 Share Posted December 22, 2016 It's easy to look at our current struggling roster and try to make decisions on what the Canucks should do. I think a wiser decision (and what I believe Linden and Benning are doing) is looking at the roster 2-3 years from now and assembling a cup contender. When you look at the pieces, they're actually doing a much better job than expected. Jim Benning and Trevor Linden seem set on trying to give the Sedins one more shot at competing before they retire, which is why they are hesitating to completely blow up the team and sell every veteran. It must be why they add veterans throughout free agency (ie Miller, Eriksson), and trade draft picks for players a few years farther along in development (ie Vey, Baertschi). To do this, they likely are aiming for pieces that will be ready to take that next step in two years (Sedins re-sign for at least one more year). We need to be aiming for players about to enter their prime (22-25 years old). IMO, to compete successfully in two years, the only way to do it will be if the Sedins are our second line rather than our first. With our current pieces, this is the roster I see for two years down the road (which helps us see the holes we need to fill). Obviously the healthy development of guys like Virtanen and Juolevi is a big piece of this puzzle. Players Around the Sedins, these are the players who could be a part of this core going forward (but could still be moved in trades if needed): Forwards: Horvat, Virtanen, Sutter, Boeser, Baertschi, Granlund, Gaunce, Rodin, Defense: Tanev, Gudbransson, Juolevi, Hutton, Stecher, Tryamkin, Subban Goalies: Demko, Markstrom Older but signed long-term: Eriksson, Dorsett Players to trade: Edler, Miller, Hansen, Burrows, Sbisa Roster 1A - BLANK - BLANK - Virtanen 1B - Sedin - Sedin - Boeser 3 - Rodin - Horvat - Sutter (equal playing time as top two lines, but on third line as shut down team, similarly to Kesler early on in his career) 4 - Granlund/other piece - Gaunce - Dorsett Eriksson, Granlund, Baertschi other pieces not included Juolevi - Tanev Hutton - Gudbransson Tryamkin - Stecher Subban (any variation of these seven based on development) Demko Markstrom Plus our first round draft pick from this year will likely be a top 5 pick. This team, projected two years down the road, actually looks quite surprisingly good, and gives me more confidence in Benning and Linden. Moves Based on the above roster of players for two years down the road, what is needed is a top line left winger and a top line center. If Eriksson turns things around, he could potentially still be a top line player. We just need to have the right linemates around him. PRIORITY 1 - ELITE YOUNG CENTERMAN While we do have Henrik Sedin and Bo Horvat at center, I think if we are going to be a true cup contender, we will need three solid lines. Horvat would make an amazing third line centerman because he's more talented than that, but can be both a shut down center and scoring guy. He plays the role of Kesler in our cup run. Targets: Matt Duchene, Nolan Patrick, Sam Reinhardt My opinion: Go all in on getting Nolan Patrick in this draft. He will be drafted first or second overall. We will be likely choosing top five. If we don't get top two, then trade our pick along with a package of picks and players. PRIORITY 2 - TOP YOUNG SCORING LEFT WINGER If Eriksson regains his former self (especially with a top centerman skating with him), this may not be necessary. Benning and Linden must have been hoping Eriksson would be this player, but if he doesn't regain that skill then we need to find someone. Targets: Gabriel Landeskog, Jonathan Drouin, Jeff Skinner, Jaden Schwartz, Filip Forsberg, Max Domi My opinion: Trade Edler, Baertschi for Tampa Bay for Drouin, Garrison (Contract). PRIORITY 3 - ASSETS FOR OTHER PIECES Sell Miller, Burrows, Hansen, Sbisa, Granlund, and maybe even Eriksson if possible for as many draft pick or young prospects assets. Cup contending roster only 2.5 years from now 1A - Drouin - Patrick - Virtanen 1B - Sedin - Sedin - Boeser 3 - Rodin - Horvat - Sutter (equal playing time as top two lines, but on third line as shut down team, similarly to Kesler early on in his career) 4 - Granlund/other piece - Gaunce - Dorsett Eriksson (buy out or play if turned around) Juolevi - Tanev Hutton - Gudbransson Tryamkin - Stecher Subban (any variation of these seven based on development) Demko Markstrom Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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