*Buzzsaw* Posted October 4, 2017 Share Posted October 4, 2017 Yes, you can say I am just crying in my beer about Tryamkin getting away.... and you'd be right. Despite the fact Gudbranson is healthy, the Canucks are looking a little shaky on Team defense. Del Zotto was not brought in for his shutdown abilities. Hutton is not the best player in his own end. Biega is too small to control some of the big fast forwards in the league. Edler is a steady defenseman, but he is one year older and one year slower. Stecher is a heck of defenseman considering his size... but you have to consider his size. Can Pouliot step up and become a defensive revelation...? Unlikely. Yes, Chris Tanev is in his prime and remains a big plus... but he is not dominant by any means... and he is injury prone. Especially when you consider the Canucks will be playing the Oilers a lot of games... and that is one big, fast, nasty team... it will be tough. Plus we don't have a Vezina quality netminder anymore... Miller kept a ton of games respectable last year... when by any normal measurement they should have been blowouts. Markstrom will prove he is a #1 goaltender, but there is a big difference between a goalie who is a decent #1 and a goalie who is bona fide Vezina quality... and Markstrom will not win the Vezina anytime soon. The good news is the Canucks will be putting a lot more pucks in the net... more exciting for the fans at least. But if the Canucks are to succeed and make the playoffs, they will need to emphasize discipline from the forwards and guys like Horvat will really need to grow into his predicted role as a Selke candidate. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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