Vancouver Canucks: Who Will Increase Their Point Totals?

Nucks IceMan@nucksiceman@twitter.comCorrespondent IAugust 22, 2010

Vancouver Canucks: Who Will Increase Their Point Totals?

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    CHICAGO - MAY 01: (L-R) Christian Ehrhoff #5, Shane O'Brien #55, Rick Rypien #37 and Michael Grabner #40 of the Vancouver Canucks are congratulated by teammates after Grabner scored a 2nd period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game One of the Weste
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    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

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 4: Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a pass during the NHL game against the Minnesota Wild on April 04, 2010 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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    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

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - MARCH 14: Goalie Vesa Toskala #35 of the Calgary Flames keeps an eye on Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks as he comes from behind the net while being checked by Flames Jay Bouwmeester #4 during the second period of NHL action
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    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

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    EDMONTON, CANADA - DECEMBER 15:  (L-R) Alexandre Burrows #14 and Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks look to change on the fly during their NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers on December 15, 2007 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  The Oilers defeated t
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    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.

Mikael Samuelsson

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    LOS ANGELES - APRIL 25:  Mikael Samuelsson #26 of the Vancouver Canucks handles the puck in front of goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings during Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on Apr
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    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.

Alex Edler

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    CHICAGO - MAY 11:  Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks fights for the puck against Alex Burrows #14 and Alexander Edler #23 of the Vancouver Canucks during Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May
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    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.

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