Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 4/30/12
Canucks need to take a good hard look at young Dane The modern salary cap era in the NHL with its tight restrictions on spending has altered several aspects of team building. Perhaps the most important consideration is that it has clearly emphasized the need for teams to carefully select and develop their own talent. If done right, good prospects bring a spark to their team and save a great deal of money compared to a veteran free agent. The NHL has seen some great ones lately, and the question for us is what young talent in the Vancouver Canucks system has the potential to make a strong impact? Philadelphia’s Sean Couturier, Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog and Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are three 2011 NHL draft picks who brought immediate returns to the teams that selected them. For Philly, Couturier has provided a speedy, young centre who can check and score and he has been instrumental in their progress to the second round this year. Landeskog and RNH on the other hand have spe...
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