5 Players the Vancouver Canucks Need to Target at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline

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5 Players the Vancouver Canucks Need to Target at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline
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Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre, two of the most successful trade deadline pickups by the Canucks in recent years.

The trade deadline is coming up fast on Wednesday April 3, and the Vancouver Canucks have several deficiencies that need to be addressed.

The most glaring hole in the roster is at centre. According to Sportsnet's Dan Murphy, Ryan Kesler is coming back from his broken foot next week, but that would still leave the Canucks with a Manny Malhotra-sized hole in the roster that is being filled by diminutive rookie Jordan Schroeder.

Scoring depth is also a major issue. The Canucks have been starved for goals in the playoffs, averaging just 1.33 goals per game in their last two playoff series.

On a related note, the power play is woefully pathetic right now, sitting dead last in the Western Conference with a meagre 12.8 percent conversion rate. Kesler's return will help immensely, but a triggerman on the point would be nice as well.

With that in mind, here are five players that the Canucks should target on trade deadline day.

All five players should be theoretically available from teams that are looking to be sellers and could be had for prospects or draft picks.

Also, these players are traditional rental players, with expiring contracts or maybe just another year left before being free agents.

In an ideal world, Mike Gillis would be able to pick up one or two of these players to fuel a playoff drive, similar to how he acquired Maxim Lapierre and Chris Higgins prior to the 2011 run to the Stanley Cup Final.

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