Not bad after first 10 games

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks started last season with eight wins in their first 10 games. Just as that wasn't a cause for Stanley Cup parade planning, neither should this year's five wins in the first 10 be a reason to panic.

New head coach Alain Vigneault has no reason to criticize Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who have carried on after a stellar 2005-2006.

They're the only players on the team with double digits in the points column (11 each), though Henrik has yet to score a goal. The twins have provided much of the club's offence while playing alongside fellow Ornskoldsvik, Sweden-native Markus Naslund on the much-touted O-Line.

The Sedins have also been grouped with ex-Buffalo Sabre Taylor Pyatt.

Pyatt is the surprise of the team so far with four goals and one assist. If he keeps the pace, he'll surely match the departed Anson Carter's goal total (33), but fall short of his assists tally (22). Nonetheless, GM Dave Nonis is Pyatt's loudest cheerleader because the team needs secondary scoring.

Sami Salo (three goals and four assists) is doing a better job offensively than Mattias Ohlund (1 G, 1 A) on the first line of a shallower defensive corps while rookie Kevin Bieksa (1 G, 4 A) is a pleasant surprise.

Luc Bourdon, the club's other rookie blueliner, has been Vigneault's healthy scratch seven times. Canucks' fans are witnessing what appears to be a snail derby as both Ryan Kesler and Matt Cooke are goalless. Kesler is playing with the pressure of justifying a $1.9 million US contract while Cooke hasn't found his stride amid early trade rumours.

Roberto Luongo has all five wins and all but one loss. Though the $6-million man has impressed, he hasn't yet shown all his talents.


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