Southern_Canuck wrote:??? Samuelsson played on the helicopter line all season until he was finally shut down in the playoffs:
Regular Season: GP 75 G 18 A 32 P 50
Playoffs: GP 11 G 1 A 2 P 3
Sorry, as the term "helicopter line" seemed to become vogue during the playoff run (apologies if you had been using it all season and I overlooked it) I referred just to those games.
Still I suppose Samuelsson did play 11 games, but only ~35% of his even strength ice time was on the Kesler line and even then his play is hard to take issue with, given that he was "finally shut down" after it was obvious he could not play through his injury any longer.
I don't think there's any doubt that a healthy Samuelsson (the guy who had seven goals and eleven points in a six game series one year earlier) could have been a difference-maker for us this year.
Raymond, on the other hand:
Regular Season: GP 70 G 15 A 24 P 39
Playoffs: GP 24 G 2 A 6 P 8
With the Sedins filling 33% of the top 6, the Canucks can't afford these perimiter players in the top 6 -
But even with Raymond's atrocious production and a player capable of changing the balance of a series sitting on the sidelines, we came tantalizingly close to winning the Cup.
What I'm saying is that it's conceivable we could have won the cup this year - we had so many contributors playing hurt or not playing at all, I don't think it's reasonable to say "we can't win the Cup" with a lineup that very nearly did.
But again, I'm not saying I'll be complaining if Gillis finds a way to make an improvement.
you say that the Canucks made it to the Satnley Cup finals with at least one of them, but swap Raymond for a Morrow, Kane, Doan, or Malone, and it's more likely they win it.
Oh, of course. No disagreement there at all.