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2000-2001 Schedule |
1999-2000 Player Stats
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This is what general manger Brian Burke has been waiting for. Last year, after
salivating over the thought of seeing Swedish twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin in
Canucks uniforms, Burke will get his wish Oct. 5. That's when the real
pressure mounts for the Sedins, who are viewed as saviors for a franchise that
has missed the playoffs the last four years.
Whether that's a fair assessment of a couple of soon-to-be 20 year olds is
immaterial. What's important is that Burke and coach Marc Crawford have steered
the Canucks to respectability in the last couple of years.
Even though Vancouver went 30-37-15, there were a few encouraging signs as the
season wore on. The club went 15-10-5 after the All-Star break, narrowly missing
the playoffs by four points, due in large part to the play of goalie Felix
Should the Sedins pan out, underrated defenseman Adrian Aucoin stay healthy the
whole year and forward Todd Bertuzzi pick up where he left off, the Canucks will
be in the thick of the playoff
For more on the Canucks, bookmark this page and check back Wednesday, Oct. 11 for a Sports Illustrated Scouting Report.
| BRIGHT SPOTS
|| GRAY AREAS |
Bertuzzi, a power forward, finished up last season with 21 points in his final
Five years ago defenseman Ed Jovanovski was hailed as a potential stud. Two
teams later he's making fewer mistakes and settling in as a top player along the
Signing Bob Essensa to back up Potvin may not be an upgrade over the departed
Garth Snow, but Essensa knows his role and won't rock the boat as the intense
Snow did on
Stay-at-home defenseman Murray Baron, an unsung hero on the blue line, tied for the NHL lead with 185 blocked shots.
League-high eight losses in overtime sank their
He may be a graybeard but the Canucks will miss Mark Messier's offense. He had
the team's highest points-per-game ratio (.87).
This season may be critical to the team's long-term health in Vancouver.
Owners have reportedly lost between $80-100 million over the past five years,
which may signal a push to relocate the franchise.
Sixty minutes isn't enough obviously. The Canucks tied for the league lead for overtime appearances last year, with 28. That wasn't the bad news, though. Their OT record was (4-9-15).
Bryan Allen, D, 6'4", 210
Born: August 10, 1980 in Kingston, Ontario
Acquired: 1998 draft,
first round (No. 4 overall)
Since being drafted he has been plagued by knee
injuries. When healthy, Allen has a decent all-around game. He uses his size
well and possesses a hard low shot. Scouts envision him anchoring the Canucks'
defensive corps for years to come, but only if his knees hold
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Thurs., Oct. 5 at Philadelphia: It's important they start well on the road -- they were 14-17-10 last year -- because 15 of final 28 are away from Vancouver.
Thurs., Oct. 12 vs. Colorado: Canucks play nine
of 11 at
home after the Avs.
Wed., Dec. 20 at Edmonton: Crucial stretch has the team play seven of eight on the road, starting against the Oilers. Edmonton enforcer Georges Laraque called Canucks fighter Donald Brashear a chicken last year. Will it happen again?
Tues., March 13 at Detroit: Talk about brutal. Canucks take their show on the road again
for seven straight matches, ending on March
Mon., April 7 at Los Angeles: First meeting of home-and-home series with the Kings could prove to be pivotal.
"It wasn't a financial issue as much as there's a time when we had to let
the kids start to play, and we thought it was the year after this one. It just
so happens we have to move it up a year now."
--Dave Nonis, director of hockey operations, on moving forward without
Team-by-team previews compiled by CNNSI.com's Ken Klavon, Jamie MacDonald and Jimmy Traina.
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