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Mike Gillis' new team

Posted 1:25 PM ET | Comments 9
This is my first blog so here goes nothin'

Mike Gillis' Plan

I just thought I would put this down on "paper" to see what the team would look like this year if Gillis had his way over the next few weeks so here goes:





Now obviously Kesler may not be ready for the start of the year so Malholtra will slot in somewhere, and no one knows which D will make the 5/6 slots out of camp but i see this being the opening night roster if Gillis has his way. Now I don't know about the rest of you but if he can pull this off I'm pretty excited to see what this team is made of.

The addition of Doan alone is EXACTLY the type of move we need. Now I know adding Doan AND Arnott makes us ALOT older but there is something to be said for these kinds of guys and what they bring night in and night out on AND off the ice. The depth is greatly needed and the size and skill of these two can not be ignored.

Now for the wildcard...Bjugstad. Gillis clearly LOVES him and looking at his stats I tend to agree. 6'5" 220 lbs...25 goals 17 assists in only 40 games at U of Minnesota this year. Now he hasn't been tested at an NHL level but someone with that kind of size and skill shouldn't have a problem adjusting. I don't know if he would make the team out of camp but I think he could easily handle 4th line minutes. I'll be very excited to see what he can do IF we get him.

I'm giving Kassian the benefit of the doubt and slotting him back in this year. I hear he has been working hard so far this off season and I think he could be a key player for us this year.


Jason Garrison: I don't know alot about his game but from what I've seen he's a bigger, stronger, faster, meaner Sami Salo so you can't go wrong there. Should be interesting to see how his points change on a very offensivly gifted team.

I'm gonna go on record and say I see Connauton making the team out of camp this year. He may not stay all year but I bet he gets a good look. He's proved almost all he can in the AHL it's time to see how he fares with the big boys.

Juice and Hammer: what can you say...they are our rocks and as long as they keep up their play I'm not too worried about our D.


Schneider will be tested this year. I am a HUGE Schneider fan, have been for years and I'm pulling for him to send a message to the league this year that he IS the real deal. Shouldn't be too hard for him either with THIS team. If our D stays healthy *knock on wood* they are one of the best in the league.

The back-up role is where things get tough. Schneider will be expected to play about 50-60 games this year so do we give Lack the other 20 or hire a veteran? I say give them to Lack. If Schneider is our goalie of the future we need to rise Lack's stock and prove he's NHL ready. Joe Cannata seems ready to take the reigns in Chicago so lets let the young guns take the pipes. We can trade Lack in the next year or two to bolster our aging forwards and by the time we can't afford Schneider anymore Cannata will be ready.

I love this team on paper and I think that THIS team has what it takes to do what the teams of the last 2 seasons could not do...

Thanks for reading and please leave a comment to let me know how my first blog was. Any constructive critisism would be greatly appreciated.

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Filed Under:   Doan   Gillis   Canucks   Arnott   Nucks  
August 2, 2012 3:43 PM ET | Delete
Good article. A few big ifs but that's the point of course. With Bjugstad electing to return to the NCAA next season, I'd guess that the Canucks would respect that choice. Also, I'm not convinced the Canucks are suddenly serious about Arnott, who's been a UFA for a month.
August 2, 2012 5:53 PM ET | Delete
I don't believe MG will sign both Arnott and Doan. It will be either or imo since I don't really see him wanting to have two forwards older than 35 (Arnott 38 in oct, and Doan 36 in oct. i believe)
August 2, 2012 7:58 PM ET | Delete
I don't think Doan goes to Canada, but what do I know?
August 2, 2012 8:08 PM ET | Delete
There's talk out of FLA that Bjugstad is an untouchable. Talon has a big love in for him.I speculate that Doan may have a handshake deal with the canucks, pending a Lu trade. I'm sure that 'handshake deal' has a deadline, we all know how much Doaner likes his deadlines...
August 2, 2012 8:21 PM ET | Delete
August 3, 2012 12:56 AM ET | Delete
doan is not going to the canucks how could he look himself in the mirror when he's signed up for a team on the bench with proven divers and bitters like burrows and kesler lappylap and so on. doans a mans man he's not playin with these bitches
August 3, 2012 1:46 PM ET | Delete
Barnyard... you forgot to mention that Doan has something that noone has on Vancouver...Heart. He also doesn't quit, unlike a couple sisters on the canucks i will not name.
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