Poor Vancouver. They blew a 3-0 lead to lose their first round series. And now they need to figure out how to compete next season. Lots of question marks. And if they can’t figure it out soon, they are going to have a lot more fans that look like the guy on this page.
Can they salvage next season? Markus Meyer from The Hockey Writers thinks…
With the sting of blowing a 3-0 lead in game six of their 4-2 series loss to the Calgary Flames, the Vancouver Canucks and their fanbase are now looking ahead to the off-season and what could be expected of certain individuals for the 2015-16 season. Here are four major talking points for the Canucks’ off-season months.
Of all the concerns Canucks fans may have coming out of their first-round series, a lot of people will tell you that the #1 issue with this hockey club right now is their lack of mobility from the back end. This isn’t anything new, as Vancouver has missed a true puck-moving presence ever since the departure of Christian Ehrhoff, but it has never been exploited as much as it was against the Calgary Flames. Their persistent forecheck made it difficult for Canuck defenders to efficiently move out of their own zone, resulting in numerous turnovers and a lack of high-quality scoring chances off the rush. The Canucks have some nice pieces in the pipeline that could fill this role for years to come, including the likes of Adam Clendening, Ben Hutton and Jordan Subban, but for the short-term future, it’s a gap that could prove costly over the next couple of seasons.
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