As the hours tick by and puck drop inches closer its time to take a look at a season of optimism that was sprung by an impressive pre-season...
#6- Jannik Hansen provides a scoring touch playing along side Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows. While Kesler and Burrows pester the opposition with their relentless fore-check, Hansen is the benefactor having a quietly productive season of 15+ goals.
#5- Sami Salo plays an injury free season and by suiting up for more than 70 games for the first time since 2003-04. Sami, along with the rest of the defensive core become the force that we all imagine when you read the Canucks game day line-up.
#4 - Kyle Wellwood realizes that the buffets are for the media and that he is actually a professional athlete who needs to stick to protein shakes and carbohydrates as well as hit the stationary bike once in awhile. He has the soft hands, he just needs to work on the soft tummy.
#3 - Mason Raymond, Pavol Demitra and Taylor Pyatt combine to form the secondary scoring that Dave Nonis nor Brian Burke were unable to find in what amounted to an embarrassing almost 8 year search. Demitra's experience proves vital both Raymond and Pyatt to take the next step in their young careers.
#2 - Steve Bernier finds his home playing with Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Bernier, standing in at 6'2" 225lbs plays as his stature would suggest and pots 30+ goals on the Canucks top line.
#1 - Roberto Luongo, with wife and child near, carries the torch as he has in the past but this time with even more vigorous assertiveness. Luongo, returning to his old form, leads the Canucks into the playoffs with a Vezina (and even a Hart) trophy nomination in his back pocket.
This was written knowing full well that everything needs to fall into place for the Canucks to be successful this season. Its the start of the season, we all have our expectations, these are just a few of mine. Then again, reality is whole other topic on its own. Reality, is about to be discovered