Vancouver Canucks Hockey Pool Predictions for 2010/2011

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The Vancouver Canucks had the second highest scoring lineup in the NHL last season. It appears that they are primed to repeat this feat again this year. This is a preview of the the Vancouver Canucks and player point projects for the upcoming 2010/1011 season.

Vancouver Canucks Hockey Pool Predictions for 2010/2011

Quick, who was the second highest scoring team in the NHL last season? If you answered the Vancouver Canucks, not only are you correct, but you are in the minority. Despite winning the Northwest Division last season, the Canucks have been thought of as being a defensive team over the past few years. They surprised a lot of hockey followers by trailing only the Washington Capitals in total goals scored. Hopefully a lot of your fellow poolies will still consider the Canucks to be a defence first team, and as a result some players may slide a bit in your draft.

Blue Chip Players

Forwards

Daniel Sedin- 85 points in 63 games for a ppg of 1.35. If he had played the entire season, Daniel may have been the overall scoring champion last season instead of his brother had he not stepped in front of an Alexander Edler slap shot. Expect a stellar year from Daniel as he flirts with the 100 point barrier.

Henrik Sedin- Last season's scoring champion should pick up where he left off last season. Expect another 100+ point season from this durable center.

Defensemen

No Blue Chippers on a relatively solid back end.

Goaltender

Roberto Luongo- Luongo has received plenty of criticism for his disappointing playoff performances over the past 2 seasons. That being said, Luongo, is as close to a sure bet as there is to have a 40 win regular season. My advice would be to let others worry about his playoff difficulties which have no bearing on a regular season pool, and count on him to be among the regular season leaders in total wins.

Second Tier

Forwards
Ryan Kesler- Last season was a continuation of his 2008/2009 offensive breakthrough for Kesler as he recorded a career high 75 points while playing in 82 games. I believe that at age 26 Kesler is approaching his peak as a point producer. He doesn't strike me as being quite a point per game player, however, a repeat of last season would definitely be reasonable. * Caution, Kesler plays an agitating game and could become an injury risk due to his style of play.

Mikael Samuelsson- Samuelsson had the best season of his career last year at the age of 33 as he put up 53 points in 74 games for a ppg of 0.72. He has good chemistry with the Sedins, and with Alandre Burrows out of the lineup to start the season, Samuelsson would be a good bet to at least repeat last season's totals

Mason Raymond- Last season was a breakthrough year for Raymond as he recorded a career high 53 points while playing in all 82 games. This upcoming season will be this third full year in the NHL, and I would expect that with another year under his belt, Raymond may become a bit more of a steady point producer. 65 points for this season would not be out of the question for him.


Defensemen

Christian Ehrhoff- Scored 42 and 44 points his last 2 seasons and will be a regular on the powerplay. Expect similar point totals again this year for Ehrhoff with the potential for a bit more.

Alexander Edler- Edler has been one of the best kept secrets in the NHL in recent years and is just now starting to get noticed. At the age of 23, Edler racked up 42 points in 76 games for a ppg of 0.55. He is just starting to tap into his potential. Provide he is fully recovered from the high ankle sprain he suffered in the playoffs, expect Edlers totals to continue to rise in the upcoming seasons. This may be the year where he becomes a blue chip defenseman. 50+ points is a real possibility and you may be able to get him a bit later in your draft.

Don't Over Rate

Forwards

Alexandre Burrows- Burrows has been a great fit with the Sedins, however he always appears to be on the brink of being moved to the second or third line where he is an effective checker and agitator with offensive upside. With Burrows out of the lineup for what looks to be the opening two months of the season, I would let another poolie take the risk that he may not be reunited with the Sedins upon his return.

Defensemen

Keith Ballard- Ballard is a good open ice hitter, makes a good first pass and can fill in on the powerplay. Unfortunately for his totals, he is not likely to see a lot of first unit powerplay time as the Canucks have better options available.

Sami Salo- Huge Shot from the point, good passer of the puck, perhaps the most injured player in the history of the league. Will be starting the season on the sidelines due to a ruptured Achilles incurred while playing ball hockey in Finland. Let someone else deal with this man of glass.

Potential Sleepers and Late Round Steals

Forwards

Raffi Torres- Torres was a late summer signing by the Canucks. Playing on a 1 year deal at Torres will be looking to make amends for a dismal end to last season when he was traded to Buffalo. Torres has 40 - 50 point potential, and should be motivated to do well. The knock on him has been his fitness, however, the Canucks are becoming well know for encouraging their players to be fit. (Shane O'Brien, and Kyle Wellwood can attest to this.

Defensemen

Kevin Bieksa- Bieksa has been plagued by freak skate cut injuries in 2 of the past 3 seasons. People may forget that he had 43 points and a ppg of 0.60 in 2008/2009. Trade rumours have circulated Bieksa who is entering the final year of his contract. I would expect him to be a motivated player looking to prove his critics wrong. 40 points would be a distinct possibility for him.

Sleepers

Cody Hodgson- Last season was pretty much a complete write off for this standout prospect. If and this is a big IF Hodgson is with the Canucks on opening night, expect the organization to put him in situations where he can score points.

Jordan Schroeder- After an unimpressive college campaign last season, Schroeder made amends by having a strong WJC playing for the USA and upon joining the Manitoba Moose of the AHL he was just under a point a game player. With another summer of growth, he should improve. As with Hodgson, IF he makes the big club, Schroeder will be put in situations where he can showcase his offensive ability.

Victor Oreskovich- I have trouble adding a player to any sleeper list who had a ppg of 0.12 last season in Florida, however, I do believe that Oreskovich has the potential to put up significant numbers. Last season was his first as a pro after retiring from hockey in 2008/2009 following a point per game junior career. Oreskovich has speed, size, decent hands and is combative. If your league is extremely deep, or you are able to take a real flier of a chance, there is potential here.

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