I started riding a mountain bike three years ago dropped about sixty pounds and like some of us I tend to get big head when I start having success. Just when I start thinking I’m all that is about when my riding buddies take me out and either seriously school me on a really big hill or they bust a rib laughing at me chipping a tooth on a rock garden I usually ride clean.
I am not trying to rain on the 08/09 Stanley Cup parade just yet and L~rd knows I get fairly unrealistic when it comes to assessing our team, but reality tends to bite hard.
If training camp and exhibition can be any indicator or predictor its's looking like Ryan may play a biggger role with the Canucks. His speed and hands are a welcome addition to a team where those abilities are in short supply. It will be interesting to see where he ends up. I believe he is a reality check as well.
He is a young forward who if we are lucky in the prime of his development. Each year showing more growth towards getting better and better through training and practice. I don’t remember much of him and his six minutes per game last year with the Ducks but would it not be a strong indicator of our depth if this guy is ends of playing on one of the top two lines?
I wonder if Dave Nonis’ has these thoughts? If this guy can crack the line-up how much more building does he need to do? How does a guy go from the fourth line and six minutes to top six and ten more minutes? If this continues it should serve as a wakeup call for all of us about how much help we need.
A big indicator in last night’s game for me was Michael Grabner’s tip in shot. This guy is Moose meat for sure but has glimpses of the type of talent you see from truly gifted offensive players. Again moose meat and a pretty good depth indicator.
Granted the Ducks won Lord Stanley’s cup, but that’s our goal and Dave and Co need to “live in the now” or another playoff schooling is on the horizon.