Canucks Break Training Camp
Well, as the Canucks wrap up training camp, let’s look at how they stack up this year by position.
At Left Wing we see the return of a healthy Daniel Sedin, over his last year’s bout Tortarella Fever like his brother Henrik, and back on the first line. Newcomer 1st round pick Gaudreau will be on the 2nd line, with Jenner, Galchenyuk (who experts annually say will have a breakout year), and 2nd round pick Lowry sharing time on the last 2 lines. A pretty solid group.
At left defense we will have Roman Josi as THE man. After 2 years of riding the bus in the minors because of his lack of commitment on defense, he comes to camp playing good defense and great offense (and sick of the bus). He will lead the team in ice time predicts Coach Smyl. Edler, who is great on the power play and Andy Greene will be the other two regulars. Traded for Matt Irwin will sub when necessary. A pretty solid group.
At center we have Henrik back with his brother, Tyler Johnson on the 2nd line, Cody “wicked shot” Eakin on the 3rd line and fragile David Krejci splitting time with free agent Peter Holland on the 4th line. A pretty solid group.
In goal we have old war horses Craig Anderson and Roberto Luongo sharing starting duties and last year’s #1 guy, Ben Bishop, as backup. A pretty solid group.
At right wing we have fellow Swede Loui Eriksson trying to keep up with the Sedins. Jussi Jokinen will be setting up Gaudreau and Johson in the GHCL’s version of the Triplets Line. (Pass it to me Grandpa Jussi). On the 3rd line we have Zack Kassian. He can’t pass or play defense, but he has a great shot and likes to hit. He’ll split time with Kyle Palmieri (another guy who experts annually say will have a breakout year). Derek Dorsett will play the 4th line. Not as solid a group.
On right defense we…. OMG!! What the …. Holy @$^*&%#. Quick call the Vancouver mayor and have the right defense declared a disaster area. (Do they declare disaster areas in Canada like in the US?) This is bad. To begin with Paul Martin has announced, through his agent, Sheamus McGreed, that after more than a decade playing RD, he will now only play LD. He announced this half way through training camp, after Seidenberg had been traded. (Actually, as embarrassing as this is to admit, I just noticed today that he is a LD only this year.) Martin adds to the string of defensemen who were drafted as RDs, only to become LDs. Players like Josi, Vlasic, Greene, etc. It must be political. Vancouver is a very liberal city and being associated with the Right is not popular. So anyway our #1 defensemen, by default is Chris Tanev. #2 is “dumb penalty” Bieska, #3 is 5th round draft pick Folin. All these guys will miss games, so 4th round pick Jokipakka (with that many Ks in his name, he should be a BB pitcher) and (Gulp) Connor Murphy will suit up for way too many games.
Last year we played a conservative style and came in last place, so with nowhere to go but up, we will go to the other extreme and play it wide open this year. Fans love goals, so we’ll give them plenty even if 2/3 of them are the opponents. And they love hits, which is why Kassian and Dorsett will see lots of ice time. And we’ll have lots of promo nights and giveaways. It’s all about marketing, especially if your team is not all that good.