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|Written by Jeff Angus|
|Wednesday, 12 March 2008 12:33|
The Vancouver Canucks are in the middle of a dogfight for the final few playoff spots in the always-intense Western Conference. They are getting balanced production, solid defense, and great goaltending from Luongo. The best offense is a good defense is an age-old adage in pro sports, and it applies to the Canucks right now. Their two best defensive forwards have been their two best offensive forwards over the past few weeks.
Through March 10th, Kesler has 19 goals. He can skate with any forward in the league, is a good fighter, and has a way of making every opposing player hate him. His name will definitely be in Selke nomination this season – and many more in the future. Kesler worked hard on his offensive game in the off-season, and the difference shows. He has 30 goal upside, and if you combine that with what else he brings (shutdown defense and a pain-in-the-ass playing style), you have the makings of a very, very good NHL player
His stats in the NHL have been that of a decent fourth liner the past few seasons, but Burrows has really flourished playing in Alain Vigneault’s aggressive system. He has always had the skill (in fact, he is considered one the best ball hockey players in the world), but his skating and balance have been issues. Those issues appear to have been corrected, and Burrows has been a huge contributor this season – especially lately. He is arguably the top agitator in the NHL right now, and has very solid hands and vision in the offensive zone.
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|Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2008 02:20|