HOCKEY GM ADVICE
Team Power rankings: #25 The Vancouver Canucks
The team took a hit this offseason with the retirement of Daniel and Henrik Sedin, the two players who for a long time were the heart and soul of the team leading them to the Stanley Cup finals in 2011.
But with their departure means there is openings for young players to step up. And who better to replace a Swede, than a Swede. Elias Pettersson is going to be one hell of a player this season, and I would expect him to be in the final voting for the Calder trophy. Not to mention fellow Swedes who could crack the lineup this year in Jonathan Dahlen and Fin Olli Juolevi. We saw last year what Vegas did with playing a speed game, and these three rookies can definitely provide the speed and skill.
Now hopefully a full season of a sophomore Brock Boeser will wow us as much as his rookie season did. The Canucks have a complete stud in this guy and I can see him being a 50 goal scorer within 3 years.
This team also in the offseason upgraded their bottom 6 very well as well. Bringing in Stanley Cup champion Jay Beagle who is arguably the best fourth line center in the NHL, and agitator Antoine Roussel.
They have the skill to compete and grit to push back, but unfortunately this season I still do not see them competing for a playoff spot. The defensive on this team is just not where it needs to be this season to push this team into a contender.
The goaltending is also a major issue, as Markstrom and Nilsson will be average at best. Demko is in the minors being groomed and could fight for a spot this season, but he is going to need to outplay Markstrom and Nilsson. If he puts up similar numbers as them or slightly worse, he might as well be used in the minors playing 60 games to better develop.
So to summarize, this team has a bright future, but unfortunately not this season.