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Vancouver Canucks 2017 Season Preview



The Sedin Brothers were both drafted by the Canucks second and third overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Both Sedin brothers will be the key to Vancouver's season as both are 36-years-old.



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/25/2017.




Vancouver Canucks Line 1 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Daniel Sedin
Left Wing
82
6-foot-1-inches
187-pounds
15
29
44
Henrik Sedin
Center
82
6-foot-2-inches
188-pounds
15
35
50
Loui Eriksson
Right Wing
65
6-foot-2-inches
196-pounds
11
13
24

Vancouver Canucks Line 2 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Sven Baertschi
Left Wing
68
5-foot-11-inches
192-pounds
18
17
35
Bo Horvat
Center
68
6-foot-0-inches
223-pounds
20
32
52
Brock Boeser
Right Wing
9
6-foot-1-inches
191-pounds
4
1
5

Vancouver Canucks Line 3 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Reid Boucher
Left Wing
39
5-foot-10-inches
195-pounds
6
4
10
Brandon Sutter
Center
81
6-foot-3-inches
190-pounds
17
17
34
Sam Gagner
Right Wing
81
5-foot-11-inches
200-pounds
18
32
50

Vancouver Canucks Line 4 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Michael Chaput
Left Wing
18
5-foot-11-inches
190-pounds
4
5
9
Markus Granlund
Center
69
6-foot-0-inches
183-pounds
19
13
32
Derek Dorsett
Right Wing
14
6-foot-0-inches
192-pounds
1
3
4


Vancouver Canucks Forwards Review: Both Sedin brothers had 76 and 73 points in 2014-2015 when we mentioned their 2015-2016 preview two years ago. Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin have both declined significantly the last two seasons in Vancouver.


Loui Eriksson has no business on the first line. The last time he got heavy line one consideration was when he was in Dallas. Eriksson can be solid on a second line, but has no business on the first line.


Vancouver has Bo Horvat on the second line at center, Brandon Sutter on the third line at center, and Markus Granlund on the fourth line at center. Brock Boeser, Vancouver's 2015 first round pick is set to play right wing next to Horvat on the second line, but I don't see him being a line 1 right winger.


Horvat had more points than Henrik Sedin last year and is 22-years-old. The 2013 first round pick is the teams future line 1 center. Sam Gagner is a line 3 right winger and he had 50 points last season in Columbus. He could be a huge difference maker on Vancouver's third line next to Sutter.


Vancouver is thin at left wing on the back 6. They also lack a line 4 right winger. Those are two main weaknesses, but I expect this offense to remain stagnant with both Sedin brothers declining.


Vancouver was 29th in goals scored and 29th in the NHL on the power play. The scary thing is they could end up being 30th or 31st in both of these categories this season.




Vancouver Canucks Defensive Lines


Player
Line
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Alexander Edler
Line 1
68
6-foot-3-inches
215-pounds
6
8
14
Chris Tanev
Line 1
53
6-foot-2-inches
185-pounds
2
8
10
Michael Del Zotto
Line 2
51
6-foot-0-inches
195-pounds
6
12
18
Erik Gudbranson
Line 2
65
6-foot-5-inches
220-pounds
1
5
6
Troy Stecher
Line 3
71
5-foot-10-inches
190-pounds
3
21
24
Ben Hutton
Line 3
71
6-foot-2-inches
207-pounds
5
14
19


Vancouver Canucks Defensemen Review: Vancouver has a pedestrian defense. Besides Alexander Edler, there really isn't anyone else that stands out. The Canucks ranked 25th in goals allowed and 28th in penalty killing. The Canucks defense is a huge weak point outside of Edler even though they added Del Zotto.




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Starting Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Jacob Markstrom
Vancouver Canucks
23
10-11-3
0 Shutouts
.910
2.63 GAA

Backup Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Anders Nilsson
Vancouver Canucks
23
10-10-4
1 Shutout
.923
2.67 GAA


Vancouver Canucks Goaltender Review: Jacob Markstrom stepped in and did well enough as a backup to take over for Ryan Miller. Vancouver also brought in Anders Nilsson to be a veteran backup. If neither goalie works out in 2017, there is a very realistic possibility that Thatcher Demko takes over in 2018.




Vancouver Canucks Prospect Pool: Both defenseman Jordan Subban and Thatcher Demko are talented enough to play on Vancouver in my mind. Both prospects are still developing in the AHL though. You also have 2016 first round pick Olli Juolevi in the juniors still. That looks like a bad pick when you consider how much success Jakob Chychurn had as a rookie in Arizona, but it's really too early to say. Elias Petersson their 2017 first round pick at center made the move to left wing upon arriving with the Vaxjo Lakers. Vancouver took Petersson at five overall over guys like Cody Glass, Gabriel Vilardi, Michael Rasmussen, and Owen Tippett. Vancouver has some good prospects, but a lot of these guys need another year to develop before potentially arriving in the NHL as early as 2018 in the 2018-2019 NHL Season.




Vancouver Canucks 2017-2018 Prediction


Vancouver is the team that I will predict to have the worst record in 2017-2018. This franchise has never picked first overall. That may change. This is the one team that I see as a frontrunner to pick first overall in the 2018 NHL Draft.



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