BY TREVOR BEGGS Sept 15, 2016
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
The Canucks are five years removed from their crushing Game 7 defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins. In reality, it feels like that loss happened 50 years ago.
Even the 2014-15 campaign, where the Canucks surprised everyone by finishing eighth overall in the NHL, seems like a mirage.
The 2015-16 season resembled what most hockey minds thought about the Canucks. The gap between the veterans and the young players was too significant. The Canucks didn’t have enough young players in their prime and relied too much on the Sedin twins for offense.
Injuries played their part as well, as the Canucks were seventh in the league with 336 games lost toinjury. Nathan Currier of mangameslost.com argues that the Canucks had the most quality-adjusted man games lost to injury.
Alex Edler and Brandon Sutter both missed significant time, with Sutter only suiting up for 20 games. This forced Bo Horvat into the second-line centre role, where he struggled for the first half of the season. Say what you want about Edler, but the Canucks mediocre defence was porous without him in the lineup.
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