Vancouver Canucks: Who Will Increase Their Point Totals?
Last season there were a number of Canucks that had career years but none escalated the climb like Henrik Sedin, minus Brother Daniel for 19 games.
The big question must centre on Henrik and whether he can equal or surpass his total from last year or was this a one off?
Besides Henrik there were a number of other players that had big jumps in their point totals also, so you wonder if they can continue if they remain relatively healthy?
One should not forget that the Canucks seem to always end up near the top in man games lost to injuries!
But this is about being optimistic and looking at who can repeat, increase or maybe is in for a step back.
Henrik Sedin - personally, I don’t see why he can’t reach the 100 point total again if for no other reason than Daniel will be on his wing and it's not unrealistic to surpass last season's 112.
These are players that are still in the prime of their careers.
Even with Alex Burrows not expecting to start the season, Mikael Samuelsson has more than proven he can add to the magic of the line.
Of course this will also depend if a second or even third line can continue to be a threat so that the opposition does not sit back and key only on them.
Mason Raymond increased his points output by 30 over 2008-09 and looks to top his 53 points from last year.
This is a player that should reach 30 goals and with second line power-play time there is no reason for him not to add another 10-15 points.
But this will happen only if he can be more consistent and lessen those long droughts of non-production.
Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows
Ryan Kesler (75) and Alex Burrows (67) increase of 16 points each from the previous season is just about the top for them and I don’t see much more than five to eight for Kesler and a decrease for Burrows.
With Burrows expected to miss the start of the season and no specific time frame given for his return, this will have an impact on that point total.
Also there is no guarantee that he will play on the Sedin line upon his return.
With Alex Burrows out for the start of the season, that likely means Mikael Samuelsson will start with the Sedins.
Nothing like playing on the wing with the Sedins to jump start your season and 10 more points would not be out of the realm.
One of these seasons Alex Edler is going to prove that the first play-off game against the LA Kings was no fluke and his points will match that increased confidence and play.
I still don’t like his softness but I can live with that if his overall offensive point production increases more than a few points along with his +/- plus/minus.
Edler has the potential, that management has been patiently waiting for since 2006-07, to be a 55 - 60 point a year D-man. But this will really depend on his amount of power play time.
With Sami Salo out at the beginning of the season and the unknown of Kevin Bieksa, that would leave only Christian Ehrhoff, Dan Hamhuis and Keith Ballard as the other possible point men.
With only Bieksa being a right hand shot that means a few of these left hand shots will play their opposite sides.