Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/5/13
Part III In the first two roster previews, I gave you a glimpse at the state of the Vancouver Canucks defence and goalies. In continuing with these state of the position blogs, that leaves me with just the group in charge of putting pucks in the net, rather than keeping them out. The forwards. Injuries Ahoy! It’s hard to muster much in the way of offence when two-thirds of your top six forwards are missing; something you’d know all too well if you watched the Canucks last season. When they weren’t missing Ryan Kesler, they were missing David Booth — and for a huge chunk of the season they missed out on both. Zack Kassian got off to a hot start, but proved to be no replacement for the polarizing sniper (there’s my obligatory joke about David Booth’s love of hunting) over the long term. Jordan Schroeder played admirably and his production was consistent if not meager, but he is no replacement for Ryan Kesler. While it’s kind of the new thing around town to blame Alain Vigneault for EV...
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