Tanner Pearson back on the ice, 5 key factors to the Canucks making the playoffs, and more: Canucks Conversation

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David Quadrelli
7 months ago
On today’s episode of Canucks Conversation, Chris Faber and I broke down a number of topics surrounding the Vancouver Canucks as we close out the month of August.
We chatted about the Champions League’s new rules surrounding minor penalties, the Tyler Myers bonus, karaoke songs, and more! You can listen to the full episode wherever you get your podcasts, or by clicking here.
One topic we spoke about that we wanted to bring to readers of CanucksArmy’s attention was that Tanner Pearson was spotted on the ice with various players from both the Abbotsford and Vancouver Canucks out at UBC this week.
Pearson’s frustrations with his hand injury — which Quinn Hughes said “wasn’t handled right” — have been well-documented and led to the Canucks launching an internal investigation into their medical staff’s handling of Pearson’s injury, which has required over six surgeries to repair.
A Pearson spotting is certainly a welcome sight, as there seemed to be plenty of uncertainty with regards to Pearson’s NHL future the last time the forward met with the media in April.
“Look, I’m just trying to get my hand back,” Pearson said at the time. “I’m just trying to go home and be a dad and be with my kids and be able to play at the moment. It sucks.”
Canucks training camp is just a few weeks away, and it will certainly be interesting to see if Pearson is able to be a full participant and win a job in the Canucks’ opening night lineup among a jam-packed winger group.
5 key factors to the Canucks making the playoffs
Later in the show, Faber and I teamed up to come up with the five most important factors that will lead the Canucks to a playoff berth. Keep in mind, these are what we deemed to be the most important factors.
  1. A healthy Thatcher Demko
  2. The Canucks other stars staying healthy
  3. New-look defence group needs to show up big
  4. At least six 20 goal scorers
  5. Better penalty killing
In retrospect, four and five should probably be swapped, because if the Canucks are able to gain an identity as a team that defends well, there may not be as much offence to go around. Of course, it doesn’t matter how many goals you score in hockey — only that you score more than your opponent does.
Watch our discussion about the list in the clip below!

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