Photos: Top Canucks camp questions

 

Some of the most interesting issues facing the Vancouver Canucks going into training camp, which starts today.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">The Vancouver Canucks will take good looks at top prospects like centre Bo Horvat (ninth overall in 2013 NHL Entry Draft).</div>
 

The Vancouver Canucks will take good looks at top prospects like centre Bo Horvat (ninth overall in 2013 NHL Entry Draft).

Photograph by: Ward Perrin, PNG

 
<div id="page1">The Vancouver Canucks will take good looks at top prospects like centre Bo Horvat (ninth overall in 2013 NHL Entry Draft).</div>
Another top centre prospect for the Vancouver Canucks is Brendan Gaunce (26th overall in 2012 NHL Entry Draft).
One Vancouver Canucks prospect who has impressed at the &#8216;kids camp,&#8217; and could well feature in Vancouver this season, is winger Nicklas Jensen (29th overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft).
The Vancouver Canucks like the silky skills shown by junior-age winger Hunter Shinkaruk (24th overall in 2013 NHL Entry Draft), who will get a long look at camp. Still, expect the sniper to be sent back to the WHL&#8217;s Medicine Hat Tigers for another year of seasoning.
Incoming head coach John Tortorella says the Vancouver Canucks need &#8216;more bite,&#8217; and be more difficult to play against. Where will that come from? Is Dale Weise (above right) the cavalry, or will others indeed step up?
Who backs up Roberto Luongo between the pipes for the Canucks? Is it Swedish netminder Eddie Lack (above), who while in the Canucks&#8217; organization for the last couple of seasons, is coming off serious hip surgery and hasn&#8217;t played a game since late 2012.
Or will Roberto Luongo&#8217;s backup in the end be rookie Swedish goalie Joacim Eriksson (above), who is unproven in North America?
Jordan Schroeder (above), with his one-way contract, could be the favourite for the third-line centre spot. But he will be pressed by fellow first-rounders Brendan Gaunce and Bo Horvat, who physically both seem better suited as third-line pivots.
David Booth (centre) has been a bust as a Canuck, is coming off a serious ankle injury and still needs to be cleared to play. His offence is desperately needed.
It will be interesting to see how young, rugged Zack Kassian (above) responds to new coach John Tortorella when the latter applies the heat on him.
Who will be No. 6 on the Canucks&#8217; blue line? Newly acquired Yannick Weber, rookie Frank Corrado or the ever-reliable, albeit non-flashy, Andrew Alberts (above)?
Don&#8217;t be surprised if Daniel (left) and Henrik Sedin sign contract extensions with the Vancouver Canucks before the season starts.
A healthy Ryan Kesler, circa 2010-11 and a Frank Selke Trophy-winning campaign, could do wonders for the Canucks. But you have to wonder: Will he respond well to criticism from his new coach?
Expect Jason Garrison and his hard shot to get a better look on the Canucks&#8217; power play.
Newly acquired Yannick Weber will be given an opportunity to run things from the point on the Canucks&#8217; power play.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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