VIDEO: Two Canucks line combos we’d like to see before the season is over
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2 months ago
On today’s episode of Canucks Conversation, Chris Faber and I answered a challenge we posed to each other: Which Vancouver Canucks line combo would you like to see get a five game run before the season comes to a close?
Our answers were both centred around the idea of giving young players confidence and to put them in the best position to succeed, even if it might not mean the team finds the most success in the short term.
Here was Faber’s answer:
Aidan McDonough-JT Miller-Brock Boeser at five on five, with McDonough taking the bumper spot on the Canucks’ first power play unit in place of Anthony Beauvillier.
Watch Faber explain his line in the video below!
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Faber has watched a ton of McDonough over his time in the NCAA, and knows that his shot is NHL calibre. McDonough’s lightning-quick release and accuracy seemingly from anywhere on the ice is simply undeniable, and giving him every opportunity to show that shot of his off seems like a good idea down the stretch.
I went a different direction on the show, with Vasily Podkolzin-Elias Pettersson-Vitali Kravtsov making up the line I’d most like to see.
Here’s the video of my answer:
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Podkolzin and Kravtsov have shown some chemistry together, and both have shown promise without finding much in the way of results on the stats sheet. I like the idea of them playing with the Canucks’ best distributor and best shooter in Elias Pettersson for a nice little run of games. Kravtsov and Podkolzin could easily lean into that North-South style of play that Rick Tocchet loves if they were playing with Pettersson.
Most of all, I like this trio because it means that Kravtsov and Podkolzin would be logging more minutes. As I said in the video, I’m not a fan of them getting under 12 minutes a game.
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