Tuesday, August 30, 2011

8 canucks back on ice

Of the eight only samuelsson, sturm and edler will crack the roster at the start of the season. However there are standouts in the deeper 5:

Darren Archibald was on the Nigara Ice Dogs team that went all the way to the Memorial Cup Final. Archibald has always been a point per game player including ten goals in 14 games last playoffs.

Kevin Connauton is another impressive player that played alongside Franson, Blum and Mezsaros with the Vancouver Giants. He put up impressive numbers in the WHL but lagged a little this season in the AHL. Expect him to do big things in the NHL but it's going to take him at least another 2 years to get there.

Sturm and Samuelsson- Both are trying to contend for a spot on the second line with Kesler when he comes back. It's even possible Vigneault could put Burrows on the second line which he's done at times before like the 2010 playoffs when Samuelsson got a chance on the 1st line and had 8 goals and 15 points in 12 games. Canucks are hoping Sturm can regain his 2010 form when he scored 22 goals. It wouldn't be farfetched for Sturm to score 20 goals while playing on the third lime getting solid chances to move up and down the lineup in times of injury.

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