The new Canucks "window" = circa 2015/2016?
I was thinking about the responses from Island Knucklehead and Hockey Widow from my posts last night (i.e. why holding onto Shinkaruk and not using him to trade for a "final piece" is probably not the greatest idea). As is the case with most of my ideas, I was never really '100% on board' with that idea........but was "thinking out loud" more than anything.
Nonetheless - I'm thinking that the 2015/2016 season, *might* be our next realistic shot of winning a cup if everything plays out the way it currently is.
While the Sedin twins and Kesler will be a little bit older obviously, I don't think it would be to the point where they'd be washed up. Kesler would still be in his prime, while the Sedins' could still be around PPG players given their style of play (i.e. playmakers don't tend to decline at the age of 34-35 as a 'Power Forward' or 'Grinder' might).
While this is happening, it's not farfetched at all to believe that both Horvat and Shinkaruk will be impact players by this time. Hell - given how exceptional this past draft was, and given how we're already seeing guys like Monahan, Jones, and MacKinnon making significant impacts, maybe we'll see this from both Horvat and Shinkaruk as early as next season?
On defense - as Hockey Widow pointed out, our Top 4 is pretty much set for the next little while and given everyone's age, there shouldn't be any decline of sorts. While this is happening, Tanev and Corrado will only get better.
In goal - again - age won't be a factor for Luongo as most goalies shouldnt start seeing any decline in play until they are atleast 37 years old. We all know what Tim Thomas did when he was 37/38. Lack will only get better as well.
The point I'm making is this:
Do I think this current Canucks team will win the cup this year as things stand? Nope. They'll get bounced 1st round......2nd round if they're lucky. They might even miss the playoffs.
However - if at some point between the years of 2014 and 2016 - Shinkaruk and Horvat become impact players while Kesler and the twins are still relatively close to their 2009-2012 level of play, then this team could see a return to the Cup Finals.