The Vancouver Canucks Core: Time Is of the Essence

June 30th, 2010 by Nucks IceMan Leave a reply »
I wrote an article a couple of weeks ago about the Top Five Western Conference Team Cores.

When I looked at it closer it reminded me, and should also for the Canucks Nation, that this core is running out of time.

With this group of players the average age is 29 years old and I am told most are at or near the peak of their careers.

If that is so, then there is a two to three year window of opportunity to make a run at the Stanley Cup.

That most likely is not lost on management as they went away from drafting in the first round and instead went out and obtained a top four D-man in Keith Ballard. The rest you already know about that.

Mike Gillis as stated that he is not finished adding to this team and hopefully he will build that third and fourth line with the missing ingredients.

I’m not sold on the players names that have been thrown out there such as Cody Hodgson or Jordan Schroeder to fill the gaps, as firstly they are unproven at the NHL level and secondly, do not fit the size or type of players that are needed.

I don’t see Schroeder or Sergei Shirokov fitting in either, at least not ...

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