This is Ron Sedlbauer in the mid-70s. Vancouver selected him right after the Islanders picked Bryan Trottier. He had good size and could skate and what I remember most about him was that he was another in a long line of Canuck forwards who looked like they were going to be stars but had no sustain.
Some ended up being solid role players (Don Lever, Curt Fraser) and others stopped scoring (Sedblauer, Rick Blight) but either way the Canucks always had more holes than most teams every summer.
It must have been frustrating to be a fan of the Canucks during those years. They weren’t awful but they weren’t great either and in fact they were porridge for so long their trip to the Stanley Cup final in the early 80s was just about the least likely finals appearance in my lifetime.
The current Canucks are frustrating but you can see they could win a playoff round with Luongo in any given season. They need to add some NHL players to the forward group and I think they will before training camp ends.
If they don’t, they’ll need to rely on someone emerging “from a group” of prospects who will be and suspects who never were.
Isn’t it funny how some teams are always porridge, always lukewarm. If they waste another season of Luongo I’ll count it as the biggest tragedy in Canucks history.
And that’s saying something.
Here (courtesy digger below via Joanne Ireland) is the Oilers lineup for tonight:
Shawn Horcoff-Erik Cole-Ales Hemsky
Fernando Pisani-Ethan Moreau-Dustin Penner
Marc Pouliot-Rob Schremp–Sam Gagner
Ryan O’Marra-Liam Reddox–Hans Benson
Sheldon Souray-Steve Staios
Ladislav Smid-Lubomir Visnovsky
Theo Peckham-Taylor Chorney