been thinking too much about some of the other talent in the Canucks
overfilled pool. Josh Holden, who was at one time Vancouver’s golden
boy, showed us he does have a solid future in the NHL, averaging a point
game in limited action. There also has not been too much mention about
Brent Sopel. Sopel was a late season call up who played like a seasoned
veteran. Sopel had a goal and two assists in the final game of last
season in the Canucks 5-2 upset of the playoff bound San Jose Sharks.
We also may see Bryan Allen show of the tools he is so blessed with.
Steve Kariya also showed promise. Somehow Marc Crawford did recognize
his excellent play, so he spent time in Syracuse where he had a
game and was named rookie of the month.
limited action for Vancouver and was also named to the AHL All-Rookie
team. With the need of a veteran defenseman to add to the Canucks, we
may be seeing some of the young guns moving on to other cities but if
not the Canucks have a lot more weapons waiting in the wing than just
Daniel and Henrik Sedin. This will also help the Sedin’s out. It is a
lot easier for high caliber players to learn the game with top talent
around them. This is apparent in Peter Schaeffer, who obviously
benefited from the presence of the recently departed Mark Messier. There
is a reason why the Canucks have been rated the 2nd best organization.
Brian Burke has come in and made great picks and has pulled talent out of
the players who were already with the Canucks. They have been said to be
building for the future, but if the young stars of the Canucks come to
play we may be seeing Lord Stanley’s hardware being hoisted at the
General Motors Place at the end of the season.