Canucks Season Preview With Elliot Pap
Today TheNeilShow sits down with Elliot Pap of the Vancouver Sun to discuss the state of the Vancouver Canucks for the 2007/08 season.
TheNeilShow – How has the reaction of the new jersey gone over in the city of Vancouver?
Elliott Pap – Lukewarm. Many people are a little put off by the word “Vancouver” on the front. Everyone seems to like the colors, though
TheNeilShow – What will new defencemen Aaron Miller bring to this Vancouver team?
Elliott Pap – Miller will obviously bring experience. He will likely be on the third pairing with Lukas Krajicek
TheNeilShow – There have been some “talk” that Markus Naslund is trying to recruit Forsberg,What are the chances Peter Forsberg ends up on the coast this season?
Elliott Pap – There is almost no chance on Forsberg coming to Vancouver, because there is no cap room and I don’t believe he wants to play in the same division against his old team
TheNeilShow – What rookies do you expect to make pushes to make the big club this camp?
Elliot Pap – Left wing Mason Raymond and defenceman Luc Bourdon
TheNeilShow – In your opinion,what does Markus Naslund need to do to get his “game” back?
Elliot Pap – Naslund needs to get hungry and drive to the net more
TheNeilShow – Do you expect Jeff Cowan to produce at the same level as last season?
Elliot Pap -Yes, I expect Cowan to produce at the same level
TheNeilShow – The Canucks brought in Brad Isbister this year,what role will he have with the team and who do you see him playing with?
Elliot Pap – Isbister will probably be on the fourth line with Ritchie, Burrows and/or Cowan
TheNeilShow -In what areas do you believe the Canucks are weak ?
Elliot Pap – The power play!
TheNeilShow – Can this version of the Vancouver Canucks win the North west division?
Elliot Pap – Yes, they can repeat as long as Luongo stays healthy
TheNeilShow – Where are the Canucks holding camp this year?
Elliot Pap – Victoria, BC.
TheNeilShow – I have heard Mattias Ohlund played with a sports hernia during the playoffs last season and didn’t tell teammates. Is there any truth to this?
Elliot Pap – Yes, there is truth to it as Luongo said he didn’t know.
TheNeilShow – In what spot in the Western Conference do you see the Canucks placing this season?
Elliot Pap – I see the Canucks finishing third.
TheNeilShow – What is your favorite Canucks story since you have been covering the team?
Elliot Pap – The night of Pavel Bure’s first game in Vancouver. He was electrifying!!!
TheNeilShow -We here at nhldigest.com would like to thank you for spending some time with us. Can you tell the readers what you do and where they can read your work?
Elliot Pap – I am a hockey reporter with the Vancouver Sun.
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