2014-15 NHL Pacific Division preview: The Vancouver Canucks are now a team in transition with a new GM, coach, goalie and offensive system.
2013-14 RECORD: 36-35-11, 83 points (fifth in Pacific, missed playoffs)
VITAL SIGNS: 2.33 goals-for per game (28th); 2.63 goals-against per game (T-14th); 15.2 power play pct. (26th); 83.2 penalty kill pct. (9th); shootout record: 5-7 (20th)
PROJECTED DEPTH CHART
Daniel Sedin — Henrik Sedin — Radim Vrbata
Alex Burrows — Nick Bonino — Zack Kassian
Shawn Matthias — Linden Vey -- Jannik Hansen
Chris Higgins — Brad Richardson — Derek Dorsett
Dan Hamhuis — Kevin Bieksa
Alex Edler — Chris Tanev
Luca Sbisa — Ryan Stanton
PLAYER TO WATCH: Zack Kassian
Kassian is a throwback forward: mean, aggressive and big (6-foot-3, 214 pounds) with an underrated scoring touch to complement his intimidating presence. Cast out of Buffalo just after his 21st birthday, Kassian, now 23, certainly has the frame and snarly disposition to be a threat, but the hope is that the revamped offense will unleash his offensive upside and enable him to top his career highs of 14 goals and 29 points that he reached last season.
PREDICTION: 94 points (fourth in Pacific)