An actual full NHL season is finally upon us and the Canucks have the chance this year to put two terrible playoff campaigns behind them.
At this time of year anything is possible, but only the following five events are truly assured of taking place.
A brighter future is now
Some people believe that the Canucks golden period is drawing to a rapid close, but an initially panned trade of Cory Schneider has actually provided a longer term benefit with the fruitful draft day prize of Bo Horvat, and his selection also gave the team the luxury of picking up scoring winger Hunter Shinkaruk.
Factor in previous 1st round pick Brendan Gaunce and a bare Canucks prospects cupboard suddenly looks much deeper. Expect a rookie to make a significant impact this year, be it Weber on defence, one of the Swedish goalies, or Danish talent Nicklas Jensen.
Ryan Kesler will remind people of his Selke trophy triumph with a reinvigorated season to strengthen the Canucks second line, as long as he avoids distractions such as semi-naked calendar posing or photo-bombing every teammate’s photo ops.
Torts On Fire
It is only a matter of time, but Coach Torts will blow a gasket by the quarter season mark, and everyone will be mighty entertained…except perhaps for any media personality within spitting distance. At the post-game press conferences.
The Canucks will make the playoff as a 7th or 8th seed, but the humility of a lower placement will make for a much hungrier team.
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