Young defenseman projects well

Veteran forward, however, likely to continue downward trend

Originally Published: August 11, 2009
By Tom Awad and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, moving deeper into the Northwest Division on Tuesday with the Canucks.

Summer Skate -- Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks addressed their biggest issue in the offseason by resigning the Sedin twins, but other than signing Mikael Samuelsson, have essentially stood pat. They must now hope their blueliners continue to improve and Roberto Luongo continues to deserve his reputation as one of the NHL's top goaltenders.

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