NucknAsia Posted May 25, 2022 Share Posted May 25, 2022 Hi all! First post, and as a huge canucks fan and an avid hockey fan in general, and after watching alot of games this playoffs, I curious what fans in van think about our team competitiveness. I do hope not to rile people up but after watching most of the playoffs, I do see a major gap in our team ,"heart, desire, speed, effort" whatever you want to call it, or whatever the combination vs. the teams that seem to be moving forward. Obv we are not Colorado or Tampa, we don't have McDavid who has really impressively taken his game to another level where the conversations about "could be be the best ever" start to creep in. BUT, teams that are still in it just seem to have more speed, will and desire to win. Everything from blocking shots, backchecking, hitting, standing up for teammates, it feels like we are lacking alot of that. I feel like I am understanding what JR and PA meant when they said we need a team that won't just make the playoffs but that can contend. Long and short of it, I think we have a soft team, physically and mentally. I believe this team has become accustomed to being "good enough" to be close, and that's all that's expected. I look at players that I respect like Bo, Boeser, Myers, OEL, etc who are talented players, but I don't see the Miller or Garland fire. And watching teams who are moving forward, their best players have that fire, McDavid, Kane, Draisaitl, Mckinnon, Kadri, Stamkos, Kucherov, on and on....these guys are all raising their games, finding ways to win and I worry some of our guys have sadly become content with mediocrity. Perhaps its just the style of hockey I like but I just don't see our group as it stands being the 'core' of a cup winner. I love Miller and Garland and how they compete and I think we need more of that. Miller would make sense to move, but personally, I would rather see Horvat and Boeser moved instead, and no slight on them I just think they may have become accustomed to being 'good enough'. And by that I mean, hey they put up decent numbers, that's their job! I am sure many might say that...but there's something "more" they seem to lack, that extra push, that extra want..... Anyways, curious if others see the same thing I do...watching the canucks regularly for the last few years, I just don't see the right mix to be a contender within the core. To me the core is really, QH, TD, EP, VP, I think Boeser is not a core player, I think Bo is about to age out, Miller depending on contract is core...but I think an expectation that some of these guys are going to be part of a cup run, is unlikely and if we don't move them we may be "middling" for a very long time. Happy to hear thoughts! GCG! 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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