xereau Posted December 2, 2018 Share Posted December 2, 2018 We were given a glimpse of the future, and it was magnificent. And then all of that hope and good will was nuked into a cinder. The summer UFAs have been hit and miss. Schaller is sitting out, with injuries still taking guys out of the line up. That should tell you something. Littlethinger is not even doing the little things well, despite the coaches' assertions. Nice muffins, though. Gagner has been acceptable since coming back. But he had to be embarrassed in order to come back and perform. Roussel has been as advertised. A real pest. Has drawn some penalties. And taken a few dumb ones Potential fan favorite moving forward imo. Beagle was really good, before the broken arm and really solidified the PK which is the worst we have seen it in possibly decades atm. Sutter was perhaps the unsung hero on this team during the good start. His solid shut down performance greased the skids for the rest of the whole team. His injury devastated this team more than any of the others. MDZ is hot garbage. Chases and just waves as guys blow by. The rare good hit. The depth trades from the last few seasons have been mostly hits, to Benning's credit... at least in terms of getting NHLers... ...on this team. Sorry to sound snarky about this but I am not sure about so many reclamation projects on one team and calling it a rebuild. Many of these guys are not NHL players, or top 6 players on others teams. But they ARE here! 1st gen: Granlund has been asked to play up and down the lineup, and has done a decent job when asked to score, and a marginal job when asked to check. He is too soft to be a shutdown guy. Baertschi had concussions coming into this team. And Benning knew it. He can score too. When he isn't concussed. I like him but he is a low grade top 6 imo. 2nd gen: Goldobin is still an enigma. He is definitely not a honey badger. But he sure looks sparkly once in a while. But have you ever seen a guy more soft on the boards or when stick checked, or even looked at wrong in your entire life? SOFT AS BUTTER. Dahlen is a work in progress. I get it. He might even pan out. But hasn't played a single game in the NHL yet. Until he proves he can, he is just a stat sheet in the minors. 3rd gen: Motte has been a surprise to everyone. He works hard and looks like Chris Higgins out there to me. Really happy with this guy. Leipsic is another story. Tiny. Was supposed to be gritty. A busy bee buzzing the perimeter. A bee with no stinger is a fly, just FYI. And now on to the giant green white and blue elephant in the room. Where is the backbone of this team? Is this new age country club identity from the Gillis years still the status quo? Where is the push back when a player slams Pettersson to the ice? Where is the emotion when someone headshots Baertschi? Who is going to do something about Edler getting clipped from behind and falling on his face? NO ONE?!? WHAT IS THE IDENTITY OF THIS TEAM? There was a LOT of discussion after the EP incident, by the fans and the media. But the Canucks 'didn't see it happen' and 'it was a close game'. BULL. They have those tablets on the bench. There has been barely a peep from the fans here on CDC after Sven, and nothing from the media. And virtually crickets from the Canucks. Why on EARTH would Edler want to re-sign here? I am not asking for bench brawls. Or curb stomps. But I want to see something. Anything. There is a reason other teams are taking runs at our guys. Our D is abysmal. Baumgartner is the best we can do for D coach? You need to pursue the puck with a puck pursuit system. All I see the entire team collapse to the net, every single time the other team touches the puck. I just don't know what ever happened to making guys pay for going to the net. See above for more on the spineless culture of this team. Now a quick jab at the offensive system(s). BATTLE BATTLE BATTLE plastered all over everything at the start of this season. It was evident. For a while. Winning the dash to the puck more often than not. Actually banging guys off the puck on the boards. Shooting it from everywhere. Getting rebound goals. Well I guess you need to actually shoot the puck to get rebound goals. Where has this style of play gone? What has gotten into the team? If you are going to be a puck pursuit team, shouldn't you pursue the puck? How about the old school blue collar dump and chase game we have reverted to? This is amateur. It also helps if you actually go get the damn puck when you dump it in. We dump and let the other team pick it up, don't even make it miserable on the other team most of the time! What happened to carrying the puck up the ice? Making the opposing D fail by collapsing to far too fast? We were all over teams to start the season. And no, don't tell me what injuries did to the system. I am mainly talking about our D here, and a few of the guys that haven't left the line up. Hutton was rushing up the ice end to end. Stecher too. Now they are afraid to make a mistake? Run and gun it out there! Finally, the power play is mostly a sad joke. That drop pass makes me want to puke. Our two guys on the side wall are the only threat. D almost never gets a good look, or even a shot through. Second unit... there's a second unit? Lastly, the buck has to stop somewhere. Green refuses to load up lines to get things going. This was the rap on him in Utica: stubborn and pigheaded. If he refuses to adapt to the NHL his stint will be a short one. This run of losses puts him closer to the precipice than anyone thinks too, imo. Also, Benning has not changed the roster significantly to give Green much to work with considering all the black holes in the line up. So much for 'depth'. Something is rotten about this team. I don't know enough about the internal workings to put my finger on it. None of us here do. But there are signs. Linden knew enough to bail, and this, my friends, should tell is A LOT about the state of this franchise. The most beloved alumni of all time, had seen and heard enough, took his puck, and went home. All of this being said, there is still hope, probably. Once The Canucks are healthy again, perhaps they can make a run for the playoffs. The Pacific Division is extremely bad so far this season. Whether or not that is what is best for this team at this juncture is up for debate. But this is the goal for the team, and for the fan base. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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