It’s no secret that the Vancouver Canucks need more offense, but as training camp starts today with no Mats Sundin in sight, Mike Gillis has started selling Canucks fans with a youth movement.
Increasingly over the last little while, Gillis, in his interviews, has started repeating the same message. Listen closely. You’ll hear how he thinks the Keslers, Raymonds and Bieksas are ready to take on more responsibility and how he thinks the Grabners and Hodgsons are ready to take the next step in their development. You’ll hear how he thinks they should be given this opportunity because, after all, we wouldn’t have found out how good Alex Edler was if not for the same opportunity last year. Not that I don’t think the younger players are ready, but perhaps I’m a bit jaded because of we’ve all heard the same sales job the last couple of years. (I mean, where are Jesse Schultz and Tommi Santala now?)
I have no doubt that Gillis is actively working the phones trying to improve this team; however, I’m sure he’s also finding out exactly how hard this is to do. Every team in the league knows what he’s looking for so he’s not exactly dealing from a position of strength. Now, in the event that he doesn’t land a top-six forward (or two), he wants Canucks fans to start thinking that going with youth maybe isn’t such a bad thing. But are Canucks fans ready to accept that?