Lets Get Ready To Rumble! (Part Two)

Jeff Angus




Now that training camps have finally concluded, potential line combinations are beginning to form out west.  There were several notable (and a few not-so-notable) rookies making their respective clubs.  There were a few surprising cuts, as well. 


In Vancouver, speedy rookie Mason Raymond impressed head coach Alain Vigneault enough that he may begin the season on the top line.  He possesses blazing speed and solid hands, but needs to fill out to handle the punishment of the NHL game. 


Raymond looked solid with the Sedin twins in the pre-season, but they have a way of turning any player into an offensive contributor. Don’t expect him to stick there, but he could be worth having around for the first few weeks as the Canucks want to see if they need to make a move to address their scoring issues or not.


Along with Raymond, Ryan Shannon also impressed enough to make the team.  He will most likely suit up on the newly formed second line with Markus Naslund and the much improved Ryan Kesler. Shannon will play more than Raymond this season, and could hit 40 points. Defenseman Alexander Edler has shown to be more than NHL ready, but with Vancouver’s depth on defense he won’t see consistent minutes.  Expect him to be the fill-in for any injury, and he will see some powerplay time. He could get five goals and 25 points this season.

David Perron impressed the Blues brass enough that they waived Petr Cajanek to make room for him.  He clicked with Doug Weight in the pre-season and that is a combination the Blues will most likely try out early in the season.  Perron may only last nine games before being returned to junior, but he could stick. As you all saw during the Canada/Russia games, Perron is incredibly skilled with the puck. It will be his play away from the puck that will show if he can handle the pro game.

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