Thursday, December 30, 2010

a bold prediction

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.

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