Will the Vancouver Canucks survive the loss of Daniel Sedin?

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Will the Vancouver Canucks survive the loss of Daniel Sedin?
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Do the Vancouver Canucks have enough depth to cover the loss of Daniel Sedin, their leading goal scorer, for the past three seasons, for the next 14 games?

As most people know, the Sedins have been consistent point a game players and if you extrapolate Daniel's points/goals over the period of time that he will be out, that works out to 14 points, of which five to six of those are goals.

The one thing the Canucks do not have in their system is a stable of NHL-caliber goal scorers. They have an abundance of defensemen, but that’s it, and no one on the horizon.

So where is the deficiency going to come from?  

Brother Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows currently lead the team in goals with three a piece. Mikael Samuelsson, Ryan Kesler, and that goal-scoring phenomenon, Willie Mitchell, each have two. Mason Raymond, Steve Bernier, Kevin Bieska, and Christian Ehrhoff each have one.

Kyle Wellwood doesn’t even have A POINT—what’s with that?

Just how long of a rope are they going to give this guy if he isn’t producing? I would say his chances will fade about the time that Pavol Demitra comes back.

What a third line for the Canucks: Wellwood, Tanner Glass, and Guillaume Desbiens. Now that’s going to produce a plethora of goals. Coach Vigneault would be better off elevating the fourth line.

Puzzling move from the Canucks to bring up Guillaume Desbiens from the Manitoba Moose. This guy has NO goals and NO points in three games, while Michael Grabner has THREE goals (and one assist) in four games. Go chew on that for a moment.

By the way, in case you were wondering, Sergei Shirokov has one goal and two assists in two games.

Does anyone think that Steve Bernier on the first line is going to replace Daniel? Come on now, maybe Samuelsson but not “Hands of Stone” Bernier! Then Vancouver is back to a one line team again, unless the Kesler’s line can keep producing, and I mean not just Kesler!

That’s my coach’s cap, and I’m sticking to it.

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