Summer Skate: Vancouver Canucks

With a key defenseman healthy, it's time for this team to finally climb the mountain

Originally Published: September 13, 2010
By Robert Vollman & E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Puck Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Vancouver Canucks

In 2009-10, the Canucks got career seasons from Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Alex Burrows, Ryan Kesler and Christian Ehrhoff -- yet still didn't reach the Stanley Cup finals. GM Mike Gillis quickly identified what few opportunities the Canucks had to improve: He upgraded their blue line, completely retooled their bottom six and picked up Manny Malhotra to shore up their penalty killing. The question still remains, though: Is that enough to finally get this squad over the hump?