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After watching the home opener and seeing Big Bert, I can't help but think about the glorious days of the West Coast Express. It got me thinking who in our 50th anniversary team could form this formidable line and terrorize oppositions again. The way I see it, a front loaded lineup of "oh captain, my captain" Horvat, Pettersson, and Boeser resembles the good old days of Bertuzzi, Morrison, and Naslund. I, personally, would love to see a West Coast Express 2.0, if ever possible.

 

I understand this might be a waste of time for all you fans to read, but if you think about it, does it work with our current group of players? As in, will juggling all our forward lines to bring back WCE be worthwhile?

 

This would be my fantasy line combinations for the forward group:

Pettersson - Horvat - Boeser

Pearson - Miller - Leivo

Ferland - Gaudette - Virtanen

Eriksson/Schaller - Beagle - Sutter

 

Go, Nucks Go!

 

 

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I was going to post the EXACT same thing.

Really there is a possibility of this.  The other lines need to become super solid and allow those three to play together.
At this point we don't have the scoring talent to balance the lines.  Same with defensive reliability of the forwards.

With Bo and Alien on separate lines, we always have that one super responsible player who can read and react to make sure we don't suffer to many odd man rushes going the other way.

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Get over the past look towards the future

We've had the WCE and it was good,  7 years later we have the Sedins + Burrow Line and they were good.

 

You know what is missing 2 good lines? 

We have Petty and Boeser and Miller so far is doing great

We have Horvat and he has Pearson locked with him but is Ferland is future linemater or do we see what Poldkozin brings in 2 years.

 

We need depth, stop romanticizing about 1 elite line.

 

 

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About 4 years ago, I had assumed that a line of Baertschi-Horvat-Virtanen would be our next WCE but it didn’t pan out that way.

 

To be honest, I don’t think we need another WCE, but rather, just a very good top line.

 

I think Miller-Pettersson-Boeser has the potential to be an extremely good top line for us.   For the long term, I also expect Podkolzin to be an excellent fit with Horvat (and what I hope is a resigned Pearson if he keeps this level of play).   

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On October 13, 2019 at 12:34 AM, JayCanuckMan said:

After watching the home opener and seeing Big Bert, I can't help but think about the glorious days of the West Coast Express. It got me thinking who in our 50th anniversary team could form this formidable line and terrorize oppositions again. The way I see it, a front loaded lineup of "oh captain, my captain" Horvat, Pettersson, and Boeser resembles the good old days of Bertuzzi, Morrison, and Naslund. I, personally, would love to see a West Coast Express 2.0, if ever possible.

 

I understand this might be a waste of time for all you fans to read, but if you think about it, does it work with our current group of players? As in, will juggling all our forward lines to bring back WCE be worthwhile?

 

This would be my fantasy line combinations for the forward group:

Pettersson - Horvat - Boeser

Pearson - Miller - Leivo

Ferland - Gaudette - Virtanen

Eriksson/Schaller - Beagle - Sutter

 

Go, Nucks Go!

 

 

As much as I like bo, his no Bert ....podz on the other hand has that battle level and attitude that will make him a fan fav like Bert...

like @189lb enforcers? said without Brady or someone that plays that style ,wce days are behind us...unless podz comes over and fits with Petey ,which I could see happening and then we will have a wce 2.0. 

If Jim wanted a top like the wce, he would have drafted Mathew tkachuk.....

 

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On 10/12/2019 at 11:34 PM, JayCanuckMan said:

After watching the home opener and seeing Big Bert, I can't help but think about the glorious days of the West Coast Express. It got me thinking who in our 50th anniversary team could form this formidable line and terrorize oppositions again. The way I see it, a front loaded lineup of "oh captain, my captain" Horvat, Pettersson, and Boeser resembles the good old days of Bertuzzi, Morrison, and Naslund. I, personally, would love to see a West Coast Express 2.0, if ever possible.

 

I understand this might be a waste of time for all you fans to read, but if you think about it, does it work with our current group of players? As in, will juggling all our forward lines to bring back WCE be worthwhile?

 

This would be my fantasy line combinations for the forward group:

Pettersson - Horvat - Boeser

Pearson - Miller - Leivo

Ferland - Gaudette - Virtanen

Eriksson/Schaller - Beagle - Sutter

 

Go, Nucks Go!

 

 

Maybe we can trade OJ for Matthew Tkachuk?

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Bertuzzi made that line what it was.  A true power forward - big, fearless, great hands, pretty good wheels for a big man and a mean streak with the ability and willingness to back it up - dominant for a period of time. He gave Naslund and Morrison time and space to do what they did. Somewhat like what Kassian (on a smaller scale he is no Bertuzzi) is doing for Deadmonton currently if he can keep it up.  This team does not have that in it's mix. 

 

This team is missing another top six skilled winger for the Horvat line to put them over the top.  I love Baertschi but I am talking a legit skilled top six winger who will get 60 - 70 points and make that line more dangerous.  

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5 hours ago, Borvat said:

Bertuzzi made that line what it was.  A true power forward - big, fearless, great hands, pretty good wheels for a big man and a mean streak with the ability and willingness to back it up - dominant for a period of time. He gave Naslund and Morrison time and space to do what they did. Somewhat like what Kassian (on a smaller scale he is no Bertuzzi) is doing for Deadmonton currently if he can keep it up.  This team does not have that in it's mix. 

 

This team is missing another top six skilled winger for the Horvat line to put them over the top.  I love Baertschi but I am talking a legit skilled top six winger who will get 60 - 70 points and make that line more dangerous.  

Came here to write this...Naslund was a constant scoring threat, but Big Bert made all the room and scared the bejeezus out of anyone that dared cross the line. If you want to make a WCE 2.0 you need different personnel than we currently have. Besides, who wants WCE 2 when we could have something new and different lead us to the promised land?

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Naslund and Bertuzzi did terrorize forwards for a couple of years .... but maybe nostalgia is getting away a little from what really went down.   Yes for two years they were the bomb, one of the best lines in hockey.  Morrison might have been the defensive conscious on the line but he was far from elite himself - always wondered what those guys could have done with a top ten or top five center too.  Also 5 x 5 they scored a lot of goals but were also responsible for not back checking and it showed on their plus minus - the PP like a lot of other great lines really pumped their tires.   It was a pretty good team but it was missing secondary scoring, two upgrades on defense and a top ten goalie ... even one of those things would have made a real difference.

 

Compared to the Linden teams and the Sedin teams it really wasn’t that impressive.   A little bit like the Heatley-Spezza- Alfie line.  But not as dominant and never had the same support.  

 

Since we are discussing this - why not go for whos the next Linden, Bure and 

Mogilny while we are at it.  And Luongo and Sedins for that matter. 

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