Who are THESE Canucks?!

Millsy1516Who are these Canucks? Yes, it has only been six games and that is hardly a proper measure or preview of how a season will shape up but after six games, the Vancouver Canucks are starting to draw the attention of many outsiders. If you had told me prior to the start of the season, that by game six, the Canucks would have won BACK TO BACK games in California (their kryptonite in recent years), I may not have believed you. And before you say, that it’s only the beginning of the season,it hardly counts…YES, I know it’s barely started. It’s only been SIX games, and they have had good and bad games in that small sample…BUT earning points early in the season can prove VITAL late in the season during the race for the playoffs…and at this point they have earned points in every game but one. Am I saying the Canucks are going to be playoff bound come April? No, it’s impossible to say that at this point BUT they have 76 games remaining and anything is possible.

Through six games, we have seen good battles, some bad habits and some massively encouraging signs. This team is supposed to be under achieving in all categories and struggling on the scoreboard. The Sedins are supposed to be too old, the young guys are supposed to be too young and Miller is NOT supposed to be playing with veteran ease. The youth movement was not supposed to catapult THREE rookies to the starting lineup. Each feat brings with it questions of sustainability. Can the Sedins sustain their custom season long consistency? Can Millsy stay the course with his steady play all the way? Will there still be any rookies in the lineup after they’ve each hit their 9-game mark? At seasons’ end will we still be asking who are THESE Canucks? Or will we be saying: “Benning knew.”?Time will tell where that line will be drawn at season’s end. All I know, is that regardless of the season’s outcome is that just as after six games, after 82 games (& a potential playoff run), I will still be rooting for my Canucks.

Who are these Canucks? The next 76 games will tell exactly that.

As always, until next time, nuck said.

Sarah E.L.

Here We Go Again…!

cropped-canucksbanner.jpgHappy NHL eve, Canucks fans! We did it! We survived another long off-season and once again a new season is upon us! Are you ready for whatever the 82-game journey holds?

The Canucks have a clean slate heading into the new season and no expectations are higher than the ones they have for themselves. They have three young prospects that will be making their NHL debut and a few new faces that will make their Canucks debut when the puck drops in Calgary. It will be a game featuring young players on both sides with something to prove and veterans looking to prove they can still compete at a high level. Did the Canucks make the right moves this summer? Did the Canucks make the right risks with their young players? Is it realistic for them to be playoff dreaming? Maybe, maybe not. Time will tell and until that final buzzer goes to end their season, whether that’s in April or June, I will be cheering every single step of the way.

Where will you be watching from when the puck drops? I’ll be watching the game from home and following along via twitter with my fellow bloggers at CANUCKS ARMY for their “Canucks Money on the Board” event while helping to support Mindcheck. How does it work?: Canucks Army is hosting a SOCIAL MEDIA based pledge drive to raise awareness and money for Mindcheck. For more details, follow them on twitter(@CanucksMOTB) or stop by their blog -[ canucksarmy.com ]. #CanucksMOTB

If you are able, I invite all of you, to also join the fun of watching the game together while we are supporting an incredible cause that helps to shine a light on the importance of Mental Health Awareness.

As always, until next time, nuck said.

Sarah E.L.