IS THERE MORE THAN ROBERTO?
The next team on my fan blogging tour is the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks have one of the best defenses in the League. The Canucks’ defense is not only known for their ability, but for the system and their determination with which they play. I have often heard what would happen if Loungo goes down. Simply put, the Canucks would still win without him.
This team has figured out how to win, and more importantly, do what it takes to win. I really think this team would find a way to win. I love this team for their heart, I love their grit. They have players who know their role and play their role well.
I thought I would like to mention the role players; the reason they make this team click. They have something that most teams don’t; they have players who are happy to be there. I really do think that a happy dressing room has a lot to do with this team. How many teams do you know that could still win after losing their top three dmen?
Ryan is a terrific two-way center who is still young. He has been going good for many years. I love his grit and what he brings into the dressing room. He has 5 goals and 13 assists with a plus 7 this season. Ryan is a spark plug who knows how to get that much needed hit or big goal to switch the momentum in a game. Ryan is a great young talent who will be good for many years to come.
Brendan is vital to the Canucks for his support of the offense. Brendan has shown potential this season, putting in the important goals. He has been great this season in his own end; he is a plus 12. He has chipped in nicely to the offense with 8 goals and 12 assists, for twenty points. But again, he is very good in his own end, and is fulfilling his role. He knows it and understands it.
Terrific skater who loves to hit, and hit he does. You can tell by this kid’s enthusiasm that he loves to play. He brings in much-needed energy. I can’t stop talking about this kid. He does everything that is asked of him. He covers his own end, but his best asset is that he knows how to get in the players faces, getting them off their games.
Aaron is one of best-kept secrets in this league; he is a terrific stay-home defenseman. He is especially valuable right now with all the injuries to their defense. Miller is a veteran defenseman that stabilizes the defense corps. Aaron often helps to clear up the defensive end and is great support in the penalty kill. Aaron was the Canucks best signing in the off season; he was the missing cog in the Canucks defense.
The Canucks are a very good team, with the perfect blend of youth, and more important, role players. They have a solid core in the Sedin twins, Naslund, and of course some goalie named Luongo. (He is supposed to be pretty good, I think.) Seriously, the thing that makes this team dangerous is their support cast. If they do their roles, they could make this team a force in April this season (that is the playoffs in case you didn’t know).