Cody Hodgson will be on the Canucks roster by the end of the season, centring the fourth line and spending time on the second PP unit.
It only makes sense that come playoff time the rotation of sizable fourth line players with limited offensive skill will be replaced by a player that can turn the fourth line in to a true offensive threat. With the Canucks new physical third line the need for a crash n' bang fourth line is limited. So, barring trades, this is how I see the Canucks roster entering the 2010-11 playoffs.
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Alex Burrows
Jeff Tambellini Ryan Kesler Mikael Samuelsson
Raffi Torres Manny Malhotra Mason Raymond
Tanner Glass Cody Hodgson Janik Hansen
Christian Ehrhoff Alex Edler
Dan Hamhuis Kevin Bieksa
Sami Salo Keith Ballard
Areas of possible upgrade? Rumors earlier in the month suggested the Canucks has interest in Josh Bailey of the Isles. Bieksa has been linked to many teams, but with Mason Raymond and Mikael Samuelson both underperforming I wonder if we could see an upgrade in the top six forwards? If Bieksa is moved does Mike Gillis have enough faith in Salo's health, and also his 7/8 d-men?
If a trade required Schneider would they do it? There are a plethora of solid back-ups available.
I see this team choosing chemistry of trade-route, and perhaps some promotion from within.