First and foremost, I’d like to say I’m sorry I've been gone for so long without posting a new story in a little over a month and a half. I had a very untimely computer crash that had to be dealt with by buying a whole new laptop. Now I’m back and ready to pump out stories for my adoring readers. Thanks for reading guys; hopefully I will have no more setbacks in my writing. Enjoy!
As the title states, this issue is about DEPTH. The Canucks, as everyone on planet Earth knows, is by far the most benefited team in the NHL depth-wise. This is indeed the tool that the Canucks should be using to lead them to victory night after night. The Canucks as of the 2011 NHL playoffs on have been “brain washed” into playing into other teams styles, whether it be the Bruins checking/in your face style, or Nashville’s defensive-minded ways. For whatever reason the Canucks have not been able to play Canucks hockey. The fast, pass first, outskate your opponent style has appeared to die and it is costing the Canucks in a big way. By no means should the Canucks be anything other than the leading team in the race for the President’s trophy.
It comes down to the facts. The Canucks have players playing fewer minutes than they would on other teams in the NHL all the way through their line-up. Whether it be Kesler who is first line quality, the entire third line of Hodgson, Higgins, and Hansen who are second line quality players, Lapierre and Malhotra who are easily third line capable players, or even the back-up goalie Corey Schneider who clearly could be a started in 24 of the 32 teams in the NHL. With a line-up the likes of this, there is no way that a second, third or even fourth line offense of ours should get shut down by a competing second, third or fourth line. For some unexplainable reason however this is in fact occurring. The Canucks are playing mediocre for the quality of a team they are and thus they are not even in first in their own Conference, let alone the NHL.
What the Canucks are in need of is a revival of their old playing style. Coach Vigneault needs to step in and get the guys mindset settled. It’s not about matching an opponent; it’s about bettering their efforts. With the speed the Canucks possess, why not take advantage of it and completely outskate the opposition as they used to (For example: The 2010-2011 Season). There is a limited time in the season where nearly your whole starting line-up is healthy and aside from the Salo injury, the Canucks time is now. They must win with their best men in; it’s as simple as that.
Coach Folk’s Speech: “Boys, enough is enough. Enough of this playing down to the opponent. What are we good at? Speed! Exactly! Powerplay! Right! So use it! I expect speed and enthusiasm on the ice, and a little more heart. Let’s go, no more fooling around. We are the best team in the NHL. So let’s prove it!”