It's all up to these Canucks

GUTS MCTAVISH AND HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

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TEAM:

Guts: 101 points. Third in the West. A rare fast start by Luongo sets the pace for a team that is far deeper at all positions than at any other time in its history.

Hosea: 109 points. Second in the West. Barring major injuries, the Canucks will crack 50 wins and the team focus shifts from just winning division title to claiming conference title.

GOALIES

ROBERTO LUONGO

Guts: Can't underestimate how big the Olympic starter motivation will be. Faster start for Lu.

Hosea: It's time for him to get his name on that Vezina trophy. This is the year.

ANDREW RAYCROFT

Hosea: The former Calder winner will come in handy right before the playoffs to give Luongo some rest.

Guts: Let's hope the team doesn't play tentative in front of this backup.

DEFENCE

KEVIN BIEKSA

Guts: Addition of Ehrhoff and Schneider means he returns to his nasty role.

Hosea: Not surprised if he leads the D in points again, but will still hear trade rumours closer to deadline.

ALEXANDER EDLER

Hosea: Career highs are in store for this young Swede and the future of Vancouver's blueline.

Guts: Looking for him to push the 15-goal and 50-point marks this season.

CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF

Guts: Plenty of highs on offence along with a few, "What the hell was that pass?" moments.

Hosea: Good puck mover, but he can't be a defensive liability, especially with AV as coach.

BRAD LUKOWICH

Guts: Hey, look, kids, it's Willie Mitchell at half the price.

Hosea: And at half the effectiveness.

WILLIE MITCHELL

Guts: Considering the new talent on the D, I don't want to see Willie cross centre ice this season.

Hosea: Shutdown ace will have more "pucks stopped on goal line" than "goals for".

SHANE O'BRIEN

Guts: Can't underestimate how important his toughness is on the new offensive-minded D.

Hosea: Odd man out when the top six is healthy. Here's hoping he gets at least one goal this regular season.

AARON ROME

Hosea: Was a write-off after acquisitions but he held his own in preseason. Solid, not spectacular.

Guts: First to be sent down when Schneider returns, first to get the call when Salo gets injured.

SAMI SALO

Hosea: Crucial member on defensive unit but [insert injury joke].

Guts: Once pulled a groin attempting to clear waivers. Still, he's the Canucks' best on the blue line.

MATHIEU SCHNEIDER

Guts: Is capable of putting up good numbers. Let's hope games played is one of them.

Hosea: Getting pucks through with his huge point shot will take pressure off Salo and improve PP.

FORWARDS

STEVE BERNIER

Hosea: Will get more goals and points but nothing drastic. Losing weight doesn't help one finish.

Guts: Could you please explain that concept to my wife? Bernier joins 20-goal club.

ALEX BURROWS

Guts: If he plays on the second line, look for his goal production to drop off.

Hosea: Raised the bar for himself in both scoring and trash talking. Can't wait for his Patrick Kane material.

PAVOL DEMITRA

Hosea: Easy scapegoat for fans, but Demitra, when healthy, does put up points.

Guts: Last year's numbers were better than most think. Still, it's his last season as a Canuck.

TANNER GLASS

Guts: Sometimes longshots do come in. Here's hoping this Glass is half full.

Hosea: Roster spot won't last long but he's a good energy depth player when injuries occur.

JANNIK HANSEN

Guts: Will play sparingly but will add a enthusiastic burst of energy.

Hosea: With that two-way contract, he'll lead the team in points ... Air Miles points.

DARCY HORDICHUK

Hosea: This enforcer does what he gets paid to do. Good enough.

Guts: Rypien's speed will keep Hordy upstairs eating popcorn half the year.

RYAN JOHNSON

Guts: This team's version of Mariano Rivera.

Hosea: I was thinking more along the lines of John McClane, minus the weapons.

RYAN KESLER

Guts: Has enjoyed a meteoric rise on this team. Now it's time to showcase that offence.

Hosea: With permanent second-line duty, two-way man Kesler will reach 30-plus goals and 70-plus points.

MASON RAYMOND

Guts: Both coach and GM expect him to join the 20-goal club. So do I.

Hosea: Don't let a good preseason fool you. It was the same ol' story last year.

RICK RYPIEN

Guts: If he stays healthy, we might just see why AV's been so high on him.

Hosea: One energy shift from him could change momentum in Vancouver's favour.

MIKAEL SAMUELSSON

Hosea: More offensive role will give him career highs. Will lead team in SOG.

Guts: Hopefully his love of shooting the puck will rub off on his teammates.

DANIEL SEDIN

Guts: In the prime of his career. Time to get back to the 30-goal level and beyond.

Hosea: You heard it here first: He'll finish top five in the NHL in goals.

HENRIK SEDIN

Hosea: Big year from Daniel means a big year for Henrik, or is it the other way around?

Guts: Maybe the best Canuck centre of all time. And now he's sniping?!

SERGEI SHIROKOV

Guts: A Russian with some serious finish. Full season equals Calder consideration.

Hosea: Wow, Calder consideration? You must be thinking of the Calder Cup. Expectations are too high for the rookie.

KYLE WELLWOOD

Guts: Look for him to earn that long-term deal GM Mike Gillis wants to give him. Career year for this guy.

Hosea: My money's on Wellwood to pull a Burrows-Kesler. He has to stay consistent throughout the season though.

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