The Flying V’s picks
It’s finally here. After suffering through a bitter off-season with nothing to look back on but a four-game sweep, the Vancouver Canucks will return to the ice this week for a full 82-game season.
With a new coach, a new team philosophy, and a new starting goaltender, this year’s edition of the Canucks may not resemble what fans have come accustomed to with Alain Vigneault behind the bench, but with change comes unbridled optimism.
With that being said, below are my Canucks projections + predictions for the 2013-14 season.
Canucks 2013/14 MVP: Roberto Luongo
Canucks Goalie with the best GAA? Roberto Luongo
Best +/- on the team? Henrik Sedin
Canucks leading goal scorer will be? Daniel Sedin
Leading team in points? H. Sedin
Lead team in assists? H. Sedin
Best defenceman award goes to? Alex Edler
As much as many things have changed heading into the 2013-14 season, many aspects of the Canucks have remained exactly the same.
While the prospect of blocking shots is a scary thought for the Sedins, I believe they will flourish under the aggressive accountability of the man they call Torts.
After playing backup for a season Luongo returns a goaltender scorn, and will put up career numbers after starting slow to begin the year. After struggling last season I also expect Alex Edler to be much better as well.
Canucks will win the Presidents’ Trophy? No
How many points will the Canucks finish with in 2013/14 season? 96
How many wins will the Canucks finish with? 45
Will the Canucks win the Pacific division? No
Will they have a winning record vs. Chicago? NO
Will they have a winning record vs. Calgary? Yes
Will they have a winning record vs. Edmonton? Yes
There will be a bit of an adjustment period under new head coach John Tortorella, but that doesn’t change the fact that a large core of players are returning to the Canucks again this year.
While the team won’t be in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy, I believe they will still comfortably finish in playoff position.
Will Zack Kassian find a way to stick with the Sedins? Yes/No? No
Will Ryan Kesler return to Selke form? Yes/ no? Yes
Will Luongo return better than ever? Yes
Will David Booth manage to stay healthy this season? No
Twin with more points? Daniel/Hank? Henrik
How many games will Eddie Lack play this year? 20
Will John Tortorella manage to keep his cool with the media all season? Not a chance
There was a good amount of hype surrounding Kassian’s off-season routine, and yet the young prospect was thoroughly unimpressive during the pre-season. To top it all off, his suspension only further secures an early position in John Tortorella’s dog house.
I’m not sure which will come first, Tortorella’s first tirade or David Booth‘s first injury, but they’re both on their way.
Get your popcorn ready.