Found October 01, 2013 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
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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. Team Leaders 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. Breaking News: Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin will lead the team offensively once again Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin will lead the team offensively once again, and the captain will retain the +/- lead under John Tortorella’s new system. 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. Team Props 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?  Yes 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. Player Props 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. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE CANUCKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
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