Once you look past the Canucks' first line, there are plenty of question marks.
The only players that have shown consistent improvement of late have been goaltender Cory Schneider and young defenseman Chris Tanev.
Alex Edler looked like he was on track to join the elite and made his first All-Star Game appearance, but the end of his regular season was rocky and he had a terrible playoff against Los Angeles.
Mason Raymond missed the first two months of the regular season recovering from the broken back he suffered in the Stanley Cup Finals, and struggled to find his form. It's hoped that a full summer of training will bring him back to his 25-goal production level of 2009-10.
Manny Malhotra suffered permanent damage to his eye after getting hit by a puck near the end of the 2010-11 regular season. This has limited his effectiveness as a defensive specialist to very specific situations.
Sami Salo and Aaron Rome signed free-agent deals with other teams, and the only significant new face so far is free-agent acquisition Jason Garrison.
The Canucks are still a very good team and will likely finish near the top of the standings once again, but they'll need to see some of their role players take big steps forward if they hope to contend for the Stanley Cup.