Hindustan Smyl Posted October 31, 2019 Share Posted October 31, 2019 (edited) Would the Canucks be a legit playoff darkhorse if Nikita Tryamkin returned this season? I want to be careful with how I word this post because I don’t want to come across as a guy that is being too homeristic......or a guy that is overreacting to what has essentially been a good STRETCH (stretch being the operative word here........atleast as of this writing) of play. Here is what I think: We are extremely deep up front and in net: The Canucks are really deep up front even with injuries. Assuming a fully healthy roster (I’ll pretend that Roussel replaces Leivo and Ferland moves to the right side), you’d have Leivo, Eriksson, Gaudette, Baertschi, and Goldobin as your substitutes. That is REALLY good depth on the wings and down the middle (Miller can also play Center). In net, you obviously have both Marky and Demko. Having said that, here is the one true weakness that I see on the Canucks. Our depth on defense has come a long way, but we would still be in tough with TWO injuries to the top 4: My *only* small point of contention for this team, is that we are still a little thin on defense (although we’ve come a long way). As of right now, this Canucks team will be in a bit tough IF TWO of Edler, Hughes, Myers, and Tanev get injured for an extended period of time. Like I said - our organizational depth on defense has come a long way, but we’re still not quite where we need to be. Up front - many of our substitutes such as Baertschi, Eriksson, Leivo, etc., could fill in on the top 6 and not look horribly out of place, whereas guys like Fantenberg, Juolevi, Chatfield, Brisebois, Teves, etc., would pretty much need to be 3rd pairing defensive guys in case of injuries......and as of this writing, they’d be very marginal 3rd pairing calibre guys. Their presence on the 3rd pairing would force guys like Benn and Stecher to move up to the 2nd pair (a spot where both dmen would be considered ‘marginal’ as far as 2nd pairing calibre dmen went). Bottom line: The Canucks are surprisingly deep up front, but are still a little thin on defense. What’s the solution? My hopeful solution is as follows: Tryamkin returns to the Canucks at some point this season. IF Tryamkin returns to the Canucks and is used as our designated 7th defenseman (or if not Tree, then one of Stecher or Benn), THEN I would consider our D to be “deep,”.......and would consider our team to be ready to truly ready to battle when you factor in inevitable injuries. I think the addition of Tryamkin would make us one of the deepest organizations in the NHL and would ensure that our defense would remain relatively solid even with 2 key injuries to the top 4. Edited October 31, 2019 by Hindustan Smyl 1 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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