How Swede it is!
The Vancouver Canucks have been one of my favourite teams for a while. They’re strong, they’re fast, and a perfect blend of the best 2 hockey countries, Sweden and Canada (sorry USA, but they can kill you guys.) in 1999, 2000, and even 2001, you had told me that Marcus Naslund and Bertuzzi would be 2 of the best players in the game, I would’ve laughed my butt off at you. And I would have laughed harder if in 2002, you told me the Canucks would be atop the NHL standings. So what caused this success? How will it continue?The first thing they did right, was for Burke to tell them all, that if they performed well, then they wouldn’t be traded, and no one from the Canucks (besides Alexander Mogilny) has been traded off since.
The second thing he did right, was acquire young centreman Brendan Morrison from the New Jersey Devils, the price tag was high, Alexander Mogilny, but Brendan Morrisons chemistry with Marcus Naslund, and Todd Bertuzzi, has helped the Canucks more then anyone could imagine.
At first glance, I’d think that a mostly Swedish team would suck. But seeing guys like Marcus Naslund, and the Sedins tearing it up, really makes my opinion of Swedish hockey raise.
Unfortunatley, the owners of the Vancouver Canucks made a fatal mistake. Firing the man who built this team, the Ducks were smart enough to pick this guy up last week.
But the future is bright, Vancouver is becoming alot like Toronto, or Montreal, in the way that alot of people are now interested in signing there because of connections to the city. These players include Paul Kariya, and Scott Neidermayer.
The Canucks will thrive for a long time to come, but only if Nonis works like his predesessor or however you spell it. If the Canucks could land a couple names, I see the roster looking like this:
Not a bad roster, I can really see this team taking home the cup…