Pressure on Boeser, Horvat as Canucks move on from Sedins

VANCOUVER – To understand how starkly different the Vancouver Canucks’ landscape looks without Daniel and Henrik Sedin, imagine the city’s own landscape. Now take away the mountains and ocean.

Sure, there are still majestic trees, about 10,000 cappuccino joints and half that many bike lanes, but Vancouver isn’t on anyone’s most-beautiful-cities-in-the-world list without the Pacific Ocean and Coast Mountains.

And so it is with the Canucks minus the Sedin twins, the future Hall of Famers who retired in April at age 37 while still productive National Hockey League scorers.

For the first time this century, the Canucks open training camp Friday without the Sedins, who apart from becoming two of the most consistent scorers of their generation were the conscience of the hockey team for the last dozen years.

The Canucks choreograph their pre-camp press conferences the way lions eat. The leaders go first. Instead of Danny and Hank sitting behind the head table Thursday in the media room at Rogers Arena, the leaders were Chris Tanev, Alex Edler, Brandon Sutter and Loui Eriksson.

“You’re not going to replace the twins,” Edler, whose 758 games in Vancouver are nearly double the next longest-tenured Canuck, told reporters. “That’s impossible. But together, I think we can work together and lead the team. Everyone has to be part of that.”

“For sure we’re going to miss those two guys,” Eriksson said. “But now it’s a totally different team.”

How different?

The two guys who matter most to the Canucks were in the third press conference: Brock Boeser, 21, and Bo Horvat, 23. Horvat should be the next captain, although coach Travis Green and general manager Jim Benning made it clear they see no need to quickly stitch Hank Sedin’s ‘C’ on to anyone.

The most exciting stories of training camp with be rookie prospects Elias Pettersson, 19, Jonathan Dahlen, 20, Adam Gaudette, 21, and Thatcher Demko, 22. These players are, in order: the best player from the Swedish Hockey League, the best player from Sweden’s second division, the Hobey Baker winner from U.S. college hockey, and the minor-league prospect considered about the best goalie in hockey not already in the NHL.

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