Kesler was injured the majority of the year; he's a huge part of their PP.
It was 4th, 1st, and 6th in the three years prior, so...
While I'll admit Kesler is an addition to the powerplay, for the past seasons dating EXACTLY after January 7th, 2012 we have absolutely looked uninspired. That's on the coach to try new ideas. And in fact he seemed to veto some ideas to change it up
Fantastic article. Canucks have been a solid puck possession team under AV and they simply lost to better teams the past two years ahead of them in fenwick ratings. (Sharks and Kings) The Rangers the past two years also lost to teams with better fenclose/fenwick rating.
So the Nucks haven't really choked, they just ran into better teams.