The Vancouver Canucks have been on quite a roller coaster in this past off-season. They’ve had to endure the departure of their GM, coach and many big players.
The team’s slogan throughout this frantic off-season has been “change is coming.” And the team has made several changes to their roster.
Tough Season Ahead
The organization addressed the need for a new starting goalie and signed veteran Ryan Miller. Miller will be leaned on heavily to steal games for the Canucks this season. The organization signed veteran forward Radim Vrbata, and re-signed Zack Kassian and defenseman Christopher Tanev. However, I believe it will be a very tough season for this very different looking Canucks team.
Veterans Henrik and Daniel Sedin will have a new line-mate in Vrbata, the question will be if the Sedins can continue to be the top scorers for the Canucks moving forward.
The twins finished first and second in points with an impressive total of 97 points last season. But these guys did struggle with injuries at critical points of the season last year. And with Ryan Kesler gone to the Anaheim Ducks, the Canucks will have to find another secondary scoring option and another number two penalty kill face-off specialist as well.
More Goals Needed
I believe if the Vancouver Canucks have any chance of making the playoffs this season they’ll need several players to step up and contribute more. Jannik Hansen, Shawn Matthias and Nick Bonino will need to start strong and provide some consistent scoring options for head Coach Willie Desjardins. Alexandre Burrows will also have to have a bounce back season for the Canucks as well.
More goals will need to be provided from defensemen this season. With Jason Garrison and his team leading 33 points gone, someone else really needs to help veterans Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieska accumulate points. Alexander Edler and Christopher Tanev will have to do far better than their combined 37 points if this team hopes to have a long playoff campaign this season. I really hope that with increased ice time Yannick Weber and Ryan Stanton will start contributing points on a consistent basis.
I believe it’s going to be a very challenging season for the Vancouver Canucks. They’ll have to adopt a different style under Desjardin and hopefully win games on a consistent basis. As a Canucks fans, I’m pleased and excited about the changes that have been made and the players and staff that have been brought in.
However, I’m still concerned that the organization may not have done enough. Regardless, it’s going to be a very interesting season for the Vancouver Canucks. I really hope some of the younger players like defenseman Luca Sbisa and forward Liden Vey can be difference makers for the Canucks moving forward.