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S17-Canucks Season Preview (®)

2021-01-12

The GM of the Canucks wanted to get out a introduction to the team, but he has recently taken on a new employee that has taken up some of his time.

As noted in a previous article the team has had a decently busy offseason and has had numerous forwards come in and out. We will focus on the ones that are here at last for the moment.

The Canucks team has been pretty strong over the last number of years, and the forward group has always been the strength of the team. When GM Schroor took over the team there was a great talent already there and it has been a great tradition to keep it that way. The team didn’t have much after the top 6 players, but that has changed. The team now has a much better rounded group than in the past. Lets take a gander into what the likely groups are going to hit the ice together.

Satan-Prospal-Kunitz

There are plenty of combos that can be put together here with a number f players that can play multiple positions and skill sets. It is very easy to play with the chemistry of these lines tell we find something that clicks. Prospal has proven that he has consistently been one of the best players in the league. He has as much offensive skill as anyone in the league and is a threat to win the scoring title ever year. He is matched up with a couple talented wingers. Miro Satan was picked up at the deadline and has an amazing skill of putting the puck in the net. The younger Kunitz seems to be more balanced player that does have a high degree of offensive skill, but also has a physical side to his game. The three should be well matched.

Reichel-Connelly-Lindros

Eric Lindros has the ratings to be the best forward in the league and seems to thrive more when there is no threat to playing time. He will hopefully continue to play in that point a game range that he has produced at lately. O ya, he also tied for the Richard Award last season. Robert Reichel was among the best point producing forwards last season and will hopefully continue to produce at that rate in the twilight of his career. He is the last of a generation of created superstars. Tim Connelly has been very good for the team since coming over for Theo Fleury. He is defiantly a playmaker and should continue to develop those skills between these two.

Staios-Blake-Radulov

Jason Blake was an icing on the cake kind of acquisition. He came at a cheap price and has skills that could produce in the top 6. Staios is a wonderful defensive forward that has solid scoring skills. Then you have a younger player that has skill in Radulov. He has the skill to produce and could move up the depth chart with good play. The team also has to possibly prepare for mid season promotion of Loui Eriksson. He is well versed in putting the puck behind the goaltenders.

The 4th line is a rag tag group of players that will be a centre man that isn’t tired and a couple defenders playing out of position.

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