- E.J. Hradek, Senior Writer, 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?
The Vancouver Canucks have been knocking on the door of the Stanley Cup finals for a few years now. They may finally have all the pieces in place to win the Western Conference. E.J. Hradek and Puck Prospectus look at the 2010-11 Canucks.