Taylor made for Sedins

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Besides the Sedin twins, it's too early to pencil in the Canucks' line combinations for the year.

So with plenty of roster spots up for grabs, you can expect to see Taylor Pyatt among those fighting for a top forward position.

Having been a regular victim of coach Alain Vig-neault's line-juggling experiments last season, the versatile winger is hoping to land a permanent role this time around.

"I like to be on the top two lines but I know there's been a lot of moves and a lot of young guys coming in here to compete for those spots," Pyatt said. "I'm ready for the challenge."

If all goes well for Pyatt, he could see himself playing alongside former linemates, Henrik and Daniel, whom he'd scored 23 goals with two campaigns ago.

"Everybody wants to play with the Sedins, they are great playmakers," the hulking 6'4" forward said. "At this point I'm just trying to get ready for the season."

Last year, the Thunder Bay product struggled at times, finishing with 16 goals and 37 points. However, with Pyatt entering his contract season this year, fans might see a resurgence in the 27-year-old's game.

"It does give you some extra incentive knowing that the next contract might not be there if you don't play well," said Pyatt. "But I'm trying to be stronger, trying to fill up the core, trying to be quicker and I felt like I was able to do that [this summer]." 


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