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WWYDW: Opening Night

Preseason games are well underway, and we’re rapidly approaching the regular season. This is the time that roster spots are earned, so let’s keep the question simple this week. What does your opening-night roster look like?

Last week I asked:

The Canucks have now signed two players to PTOs, Ryan White in late August and Scottie Upshall earlier this week. Which of these two players would you most like to see make the team, and are there any other players on the market you would like to see the Canucks invite to training camp?

Forever1915:

Jagr! First!

Rodeobill:

I assume White and Upshall are trying out for Dorsett’s spot. A part of me thinks, well, let’s just forget about all that, play the kids, roll 4 skilled lines and such. But another part of me also knows that (especially in our division) a soft team is going to get bullied around and the team (and fans) are going to look to someone to settle injustices. Without that person, who will that be? Gudbranson? He is a tough guy, but not used to bearing the policeman’s badge. As much as I would like to see more spots for skilled young players to move up, I “predict” they keep White as long as he outplays Dorsett.

peterl:

I don’t see either of the PTOs being a good fit because there is just so much quantity at forward this year (and not high on quality). If I had to choose one, I would go with Ryan White. He is a bit more versatile at centre and a right-handed shot that could perhaps be useful on the PP in the event of injuries.
As for other PTO possibilities, the Canucks could use some skill and PTO isn’t a great place to find that. Perhaps Jagr or Gionta can offer some offensive skill. It is a stretch though. Realistically, the Canucks are more likely to unearth a Jack Skille. Good enough to play 4th line minutes on a struggling team.
Honestly, Jagr would just be entertaining to get those Travelling Jagrs from Calgary in town.

Cageyvet:

If there was ever a year to demand a spectacular showing from a PTO player it’s this year. If the future stars of the organization have to wrestle a job away from a max-ed out veteran, then these guys better be head and shoulders over the youth to earn a spot.
I understand that if they are successful they will be pulling 4th line duty and not necessarily impeding a Goldobin or Rodin. There are other options such as Molino, Labate, Carcone etc. who might fit the bill and bring a spark and some upside.
Adding to the negatives would be the certain addition of another player to the waiver wire. I’m not in favour of losing sight of building “organizational depth” for a modest, if any, upgrade in a role-playing position.

Coach Mike:

There has been a lot of talk about how improving the offence was a top priority for the season (with good reason). And I think they’ve done enough to address at least their PP.
But their penalty kill wasn’t great either. And with two of their top PK players traded at the deadline, there is a need to fill those skates! If there is room for a PP specialist like Gagner, then why can’t there be room for a PK specialist?
Upshall might be the guy to do that. He can play on your 4th line and keep his head above water. And he was a part of a very good STL PK unit last year.

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  • TrueBlue

    Zehao Sun starts in goal after amazing play in practice leads to amazing preseason play, in turn landing him an ELC. Markstrom & Nilsson thumb-wrestle to determine who is traded to Calgary to replace Mike Smith.

  • Kanucked

    Not my picks, but my best guess for who they will pick

    Baertschi-Horvat-Boeser
    Sedin-Sedin-Granlund
    Eriksson-Gagner-Vanek
    Burmitsov-Sutter-Dorsett
    Upshall

    Edler-Tanev
    Hutton-Stecher
    Del Zotto-Gudbranson
    Wiercioch/Biega

    Markstrom
    Nilsson

  • apr

    Baertschi-Horvat-Boeser
    Sedin-Sedin-Granlund
    Eriksson-Gagner-Vanek
    Burmitsov-Sutter-Virtanen
    Dorsett

    Edler-Stecher
    Tanev-Hutton
    Del Zotto-Gudbranson
    Wiercioch/Biega

    Markstrom
    Nilsson

  • Peggy McIntosh

    Can Johnny Perogy hit a tanning booth?

    Good lord if a picture is going to be posted, can it not be someone with severe albinism and a calcified pineal gland.

  • ManicSt

    Cap issues and contract commitments be damned:
    Baertschi – Horvat – Boeser
    Sedin – Sedin – Granlund
    Vanek – Gagner – Eriksson
    Virtanen – Burmistrov – Goldobin
    Boucher – Dorsett (they will probably need a face-puncher now and then)

    Hutton – Tanev
    Edler – Stetcher
    Pedan (you read that right) – Gudbranson (they need to play him if they want to trade him for anything)
    Wiercioch

    Yes, Sutter is waived – although I expect they could trade him for a prospect if they take on some salary, which I recommend.

  • Sandpaper

    Baertschi-Bo-Boeser
    Boucher-Burmistrov-subban
    Chaput-Megna-Upshall
    Sedin-Sedin-erickson
    Granlund

    Hutton-stecher
    Juolevi-Pedan
    McEneny-subban

    Marklstrom
    Demko

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Sedin-Sedin-Boeser
    Baerschi-Hovat-Vanek
    Eriksson-Sutter-Virtanen
    Gagne-Burmistrov-Dorsett
    Rodin

    Edler-Stetcher
    Hutton-Tanev
    DelZotto-Gudbranson
    Wiercioch

  • Cageyvet

    Baertschi-Horvat-Boeser
    Sedin-Sedin-Granlund
    Eriksson-Sutter-Vanek
    Rodin-Gagner-Virtanen
    Goldobin, Burmistrov

    Edler-Stecher
    Hutton-Tanev
    Del Zotto-Gudbranson
    Pedan

    Markstrom
    Nilsson

  • D.Sedin – H.Sedin – Granlund
    Baertschi – Horvat – Boeser
    Vanek – Sutter – Erickson
    Gagner – Burmistrov – Dorsett
    Edler – Stecher
    Hutton – Tanev
    Del Zotto – Gudbranson
    Seems obvious. But I’d better still start Boeser in Utica and keep him away from what’s gonna be another painful season with potential high reward #FallinForDahlin
    Personally I’m far more interested how Comets lines will look alike. My biggest concern is lack of creative centre-man down there with Chaput, Megna and Cassels as potential top three pivots. And log-jam at wings is for real: Comets may have Boeser, Goldobin, Virtanen, Rodin, Boucher, Dahlen down there at the same moment. Maybe MacEwen may add some creativity at centre. And I don’t think that moving Dahlen to centre is a smart move for the future, but who knows.

  • Esa Tikkanen

    As amazing as Boeser has been, I just can’t see putting him on the 1st line as a good thing.
    1st line even seems unrealistic for Horvat w/ Baertchi, then add a rookie as supporting cast?
    As great as these kids are, and more importantly, as impatient as as Canucks fans are,
    Though unpopular, I believe these projected top-6 youth should be supported, and insulated.

    The only way I can see Boeser succeeding in a top-6 role is on a line with the Sedins. it would also be good prep for playing w/ Dahlen & Pettersson as a 1st-line in the future.
    To me, Eriksson also seems like a more responsible fit with Horvat and Sven
    Give these guys some proven pedigree, otherwise SJ, AN, LA, and EDM will monopolize there defensive inexperience.

    Not hard to see why Benning and Linden were contemplating E. Kane.
    Absolutely crazy that there isn’t a drafted forward on the team between Sedins and Horvat.
    Currently, this team looks more like its built to make (middle 6) deadline moves than any projected long-term core/strategy.

    Still, hoping Virtanen and Boeser’s pre-season translates to the big stage. They really look like they are ready, and are willing to earn they’re place in the lineup.

  • Betty

    Baertschi-Horvat-Boeser
    Sedins – Granlund
    Vanek – Sutter – Eriksson
    Gagner – Burmistrov – Virtanen
    Rodin-Dorsett

    Gudbranson and Virtanen can be the policeman for regular games, move in Dorsett for the heavier, potentially rougher games (Jets, Sharks, Ducks etc)

    The third and fourth lines have an abundance of scoring talent which helps relieve some of the scoring pressure from Boeser and the Sedins.

    Edler-Stecher
    Tanev – MDZ
    Gudbranson – Hutton
    Wiercoch

  • Canuck4Life20

    Daniel-Henrik-Granlund
    Baertschi-Horvat-Boeser
    Vanek-Sutter-Eriksson
    Gagner-Burmistrov-Virtanen
    Boucher

    Edler-Stecher
    Tanev-Hutton
    Gudbranson-Del Zotto
    Wiercioch-Biega

    • Canuck4Life20

      I’m sending down Dorsett and Rodin. I don’t think Pedan has the speed or puck skills to be an NHL d-man but he’s my dark horse pick in place of Biega if they decide that the team needs more toughness.