CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for September 22: Pre-Season Preview

Welcome to the first CCC of the 2011-12 NHL season.

I start of this CCC but commenting on the backlash I got from some of playoff CCC’s last year. Nothing wrong with friendly discussion and debate, but there is something wrong with insulting my ethnicity, looks, and sexual orientation.

As we look forward to the start of the opening season in 2 weeks, I take a look at the battles shaping up for both the forwards and defence. In particular, I express my hopes that Keith Ballard has a great season with the departure of Christian Ehrhoff.

As well, I look at the competition for spots on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th lines. With Kesler and Raymond starting the season injured, it will pave the way for a couple of new faces. Can Owen Nolan make a comeback? Will Andrew Ebbett make the most of this opportunity? We’ll see soon enough!