Tiger wrote: ukcanuck wrote:
tantalum wrote:Short lockout or long lockout don't expect much of anything from Kesler until the 2013/14 season.
Don't know about you, but I'd be alright with that if we get back the Kesler that nearly destroyed Nashville all by himself.
Love to see that... but doubt he will ever equai that performance again.. I also have fears that this years edition of the Canucks will be much worse than the last 2 seasons editions.. Loss of Kesler.. inadequate replacement of Salo and Rome and I expect the Sedins production to decline.. When we have to pin our hopes on guys like Schroeder who has never played in the nhl and Kassian with his limited experience we are in trouble.. With the other teams in our division getting better I can't see another Presidents trophy.. and can see another early playoff exit.
Loss of Kesler? With the loss of half the regular season, this might not matter. We only need to make the playoffs and having a healthy Kesler would be awesome.
Inadequate replacement of Salo? Salo rocked but I believe that Garrison should be more than an adequate replacement.
Inadequate replacement of Rome? I like Rome, many didn't. But I don't think replacing a non top-4 D is a big challenge for Gillis.
Sedin production decline? Some have hinted at this. It's all downhill when you've been to the top. But I'm not worried about it. They are more experienced then ever.
I do not believe there are hopes for the success of the organization being pinned on Schroeder. But I certainly have liked what I've seen from him. I think he will surprise, check out some of his youtube highlights.
As for Kassian and his limited experience, the only way to get experience is to play. What happens if he were to develop into a Bertuzzi or Lucic? I realize that I used the word IF, but I believe he can be a game changer. Time will tell. If he lives up to expectation then we're very lucky to have him on the team as these types of players are exactly what every team needs and are rare.
Don't forget the Luongo trade potential and how it could impact the team in a positive way. I guess all I'm saying is that I remain excited to be a Canucks fan. The back to back president's trophies may not mean much to many people, but they did get to game 7 of the finals recently too and that DOES mean something. I believe the Canucks remain as big time cup contenders.