VANCOUVER, CANADA - MARCH 3: Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks digs the puck out of the corner while being checked by Ryan Suter #20 of the Nashville Predators during the second period in NHL action on March 03, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
The Vancouver Canucks, much like the vanquished Anaheim Ducks, boast some of the NHL's best offensive talent in Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, and Ryan Kesler. In the playoffs, however, unsung heroes are usually found, such as Jordin Tootoo in round one for the Nashville Predators.
One such candidate for the Canucks is speedster Mason Raymond.
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Raymond typically finds himself on Vancouver's second scoring line and power play unit, so the 39 points may be considered slight under-achievement. That said, 'MayRay' (yeah, I know) possesses ability in spades, and more importantly is one of the fastest players in the NHL.
Raymond's speed combined with scoring ability will be an issue at all times, but never more than when he's on the ice against Shane O`Brien and Cody Franson. Nashville's third defensive pairing is not what you'd call fleet of foot. If Raymond is able to get to the outside, inside, or anywhere in between O'Brien and Franson, I'd suggest closing your eyes and putting your trust in Pekka.
Either way, Raymond's yet another Canuck worth keeping an eye on as the series progresses.