Canucks Depth Chart Takes Blow
I just read the article about how the Vancouver Canucks are pretty much the same team, but I think otherwise.
Of all the seasons in the past couple years, I think this team is the most different.
Although the defense is the same, the goaltending has changed with the addition of backup goaltender Alex Auld.
The key forwards have stayed the same but the depth that the Canucks had took a big hit this year.
Sanderson, Rucinsky, Lindgren, Kavanaugh, Reid, Pronger, Arvedsson, Blouin, Neilson, Eakins, Jokela, Obsut, Varlamov and possibly Keane and Fedorov have all left the organization for either retirement, another organization or europe. The losses of a lot of these players is a big blow to the depth of the Canucks and especially the minor league program that the Canucks had going.
New comers Heerma, DiPenta, Minard, Burrows, Flaherty, Goren, and Aitken will have to battle for spots on the farm team and possibly final spots on the Canucks roster.
Players such as King, Kesler, and Bouck have possibly all earned themselves a one-way ticket to Vancouver if there is a season due to the losses of Sanderson, Rucinksy, Arvedsson and Keane.
Although the core is the same, the depth and surrounding players are very different and will have to bring in some hope to the Manitoba Moose after the losses of key players.
Not only have the Moose lost a lot of star players but it is the Canucks loss too.