**Rating system for “Plus/Minus” Series**
+3 = Major Upgrade
+2 = Upgrade
+1 = Slight Upgrade
0 = Same as prior year
-1 = Slight Dowgrade
-2 = Downgrade
-3 = Major Downgrade
Team: Vancouver Canucks
2010-11: 117 points, #1 in Western Conference
Returning: Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider
Arrivals: N / A
Departures: N / A
No change in goal for the Vancouver Canucks, that is unless they decide to add more scoring by shopping Cory Schneider. That wouldn’t happen until midseason at the earliest.
Returning: Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis, Alexander Edler, Keith Ballard, Sami Salo, Andrew Alberts, Aaron Rome
Arrivals: N / A
Departures: Christian Ehrhoff
While some may argue this rating should be a -3, the Canucks were decimated by injuries on defense last year, so just getting healthy offsets some of the loss of Ehrhoff.
Returning: Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Alex Burrows, Ryan Kesler, Mason Raymond, Mikael Samuelsson, Manny Malhotra, Chris Higgins, Max Lapierre, Jannik Hansen, Victor Oreskovich
Arrivals: Marco Sturm, Mark Mancari, Andrew Ebbett
Departures: Raffi Torres, Tanner Glass, Jeff Tambellini
The only significant loss for the Canucks was third-liner Raffi Torres, who they replaced with Marco Sturm. Sturm brings less jam but a bit more offense. Vancouver got some good use out of Glass and Tambellini, but decided to replace them with Mancari and Ebbett, both of whom have spent some time going back and forth from the AHL to the NHL. We’ll call that 3 for 3 swap an even trade.
OVERALL RATING: -2
2011-12 Prediction: #1-#3 in Western Conference
The Canucks can count on great defense and goaltending this season, but the big question mark is their depth up front especially with Mason Raymond injured to start the year. If they are struggling to score goals, Vancouver has some attractive trade bait (Schneider, Hodgson) to be able to land a top line winger. Despite al of that, Vancouver will still likely win their division.
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.