Hockey Correspondent, White Cover Magazine
Their talent is often mistaken for their present, even if it’s more like their potential. And, by potential, I could mean one game from now or one year from now or even somewhere down the road. Potential has no time limits. That’s why teams like Carolina and Chicago have won Stanley Cups years before we thought they’d even compete. It’s why the Red Wings seem to bob and weave in and out of the Final.
In Vancouver, the Canucks always seem to be one move or one broken pass away from glory. This Derek Roy trade, for example, has worked wonders in the centre’s first two games on the West Coast. The Canucks have outscored both Alberta clubs 9-2 since Thursday, and Roy’s presence alone seems to have alleviated some kind of pressure down the middle.
Imagine when Ryan Kesler gets back. All of a sudden, the Canucks go from a struggling semi-contender (contender for the playoffs, not the championship) with Henrik Sedin and Max Lapierre as their top two centremen to a Penguins-like concoction featuring a middle lane of Sedin, Roy, Kesler, and Lapierre (or Ebbett, or Schroeder, or Burrows, maybe).
Again, Vancouver is a simple flick of the wrist from hoisting the Stanley Cup.
Of course, so is Chicago. And, Detroit. And, Los Angeles. And, Boston. And, Pittsburgh. And, New York. And, Minnesota.