The Vancouver Canucks currently sit second in the Western Conference, two points behind the first-place Detroit Red Wings. They are also 17 points ahead of the Calgary Flames for first in the Northwest division.
With just 12 games remaining for each, this essentially guarantees at least a third-place finish in the Western Conference.
With the team's core group of forwards almost entirely still intact from last year, plus the emergence of Cody Hodgson and the acquisition of David Booth, the Canucks have one of the best offences in the NHL.
However, with the questions surrounding the durability of Byron Bitz and the uncertainty of whether or not Dale Weiss is really a full-time NHL player, the Canucks still have one forward spot up for grabs.
If the Canucks want to finally make it over the hump and win their first Stanley Cup in the franchise's 41-year history, they're going to need all four forward lines to contribute.
In this article, I will explore the possibility of the Canucks bringing in one of five gritty forwards to increase the team's scoring depth as well as add some sandpaper to the team's bottom six.