Let’s get ready to (c)rumble

Vancouver Canucks' Henrik Sedin (33) and Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) battle for the puck during first period NHL pre-season action in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday October 8, 2016. There won't be any mixed messages coming from the Vancouver Canucks this season.After spending a couple of years trying to nurture young talent while remaining competitive, the club has one goal in 2016-17 — a return to the playoffs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson ORG XMIT: EDM1500What’s the pre-seaon really worth?

Jeff Paterson and Jason Botchford are at Rogers Arena, on the Thursday before the Canucks’ 2016-17 curtain raiser.

This season can’t really be a 65 point season, can it? There must be something to like about this team. Botch has a few ideas.

Auston Matthews’ spectacular start makes us wonder if any Canuck will out-score him on the year.

And what about glorious Rexall Place? Botch has seen it…it snowed.

This is the Pat-cast, on Province Sports Radio.

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