Vancouver Canucks: 5 Players Who Need to Step Up as the Big Guns Struggle

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Vancouver Canucks: 5 Players Who Need to Step Up as the Big Guns Struggle
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The Vancouver Canucks may be vying for the top spot in the West right now, but as of late some of their bigger weapons haven't been as consistent as Canucks fans would like. Despite the Canucks second line seemingly improved since the return of David Booth to the line, Ryan Kesler is still struggling. Even though Alex Burrows is closing in on another 20-plus-goal season, he hasn't been able to capitalize on as many of the opportunities he has been given this year.

Defensively there were some gaping holes when Sami Salo went down with a concussion. Now he is back and those holes should close up, but there is still some cause for concern on the back end.

Even though the Canucks seem to be firing on all cylinders right now, when the big guns go through rough patches, their depth must step up and prove that they are a team to be reckoned with and not just a 10-player team.

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