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08-16-2013, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Blue Blooded View Post
Anaheim is a wild card team at best, Vancouver should have little trouble getting into the top 3. The Kings and the Sharks are the favourites to win the division though.

Anaheim's success was a short season anomaly like Toronto's. But instead of going from bottom dweller to bubble team like TOR, they went from bubble team to top team. Abnormally high shooting percentages in close games inflated their record, much like it deflated the Rangers' record.

Viktor Fasth is a stud though and has a history of carrying teams, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if they got 4th or 5th and a wild card.
The Vancouver roster doesn't have much depth. Kesler is a major question mark because of his health. Sedin twins. Burrows. Not much else. Depth at center. Depth on D. They are looking at signing Douglas Murray. Kesler has had so many injuries in the last 2 years. Hip. Shoulder. Wrist. Broken foot. The whole Luongo deal. He wanted out of Vancouver and Gillis traded Schneider. Luongo hasn't really embraced playing for Vancouver after it looked he was odd man out. He has made some jokes about his situation. Vancouver doesn't have a back-up for him. Tortorella going in there. He will look to weed out some guys. Gillis wants to add youth to the roster but they don't have many young players. Horvat is 18 years old. Guance is 19.

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