The Vancouver Canucks went 31-40-11, finishing seventh in their division. Their 73 points modestly exceeded their 69 points finish in 2016-17. Vancouver missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.
The Canucks lost the Sedin twins to retirement. Beagle, Schaller and Roussel will complement the Canuck’s influx of young players.
Vancouver currently has two players that I believe could become stars. Those two players are Bo Horvat (left on cover photo) and Brock Boeser. Otherwise, Vancouver is fairly thin in terms of names to be excited about. But that also brings me to the next section which is…
Elias Petterson is a strong prospect; the Swede is one of the emerging stars in the NHL. Last week, I saw the Canucks play Calgary and Petterson is an intelligent, talented player. I hesitate to name a rookie for a breakout bet, but this kid seems to have what it takes.
Thatcher Demko is another player worth watching. While he doesn’t project to be in Vancouver at the start of the season, he is a call-up bet if the Canucks’ current goalies Jacob Markström and Anders Nilsson play poorly.
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What to Expect
Unfortunately for the Canucks, it looks like it will be a long season. While I don’t think they will be very competitive this season, the young players on the team will be entertaining to watch. Do Boeser and Horvat follow up last year with any progression? Do they stay in the 60 point range? Is it possible they regress? These are the questions that Vancouver fans need to have answered.
These players are their future and they need to show at least a little progression. Though the Canucks most likely miss the playoffs for the fifth time in six years, it their young players develop, it will serve the franchise in the future.
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-Kevin Gesterling covers the Pacific Division in the NHL’s Western Conference for Full Press Coverage. You can reach him on Twitter @kgesterling1_FPC.
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