Have NHL training camps really started already? How is that possible?
After all, if you’re a diehard Vancouver Canucks fan, it probably still feels like the heartbreak of a Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup Finals followed by the shock of the post-game riots just happened yesterday.
But in reality, over three months have gone by since that tough mid-June evening and the Canucks have now officially reassembled for another run at Lord Stanley’s Cup.
With the exception of a couple of departures and a few tweaks here and there, the 2011-12 edition of the Canucks will look almost the same as the team you remember from what seems like just yesterday. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t questions and intriguing storylines to follow during training camp and the preseason.
Will any of the veterans signed to tryout contracts actually make the team? Will any of the Canucks young prospects make the team? When will the Canucks' walking wounded return from their playoff injuries?
I will attempt to answer these and other questions with a half-dozen predictions of how the next few weeks will play out for the Canucks leading up to their regular season opener on October 6.