-AJ- Posted November 10, 2017 Share Posted November 10, 2017 Hey there folks! I figured a slow non-game day would be as good a day as any to share a bit I recently researched and wrote on the Canucks and their goalscorers. I've copied and pasted the first part below, but if you want to read it in it's original form where it looks nicer, follow the links below: Part 1 (10-6): https://hookedonhockeyhistory.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/top-10-canuck-goalscorers-of-all-time/ Part 2 (5-1): https://hookedonhockeyhistory.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/top-10-canuck-goalscorers-of-all-time-5-1/ Enjoy, and please share any opinions and thoughts! While the Canucks haven’t been star-studded for their entire 45+ year history, they have had a number of players who could regularly put the biscuit in the back of the net. From the 1970s to the 2010s, you’ll find players of all eras on this list. Let’s get to it. 10. Bobby Schmautz Many fans won’t even recognize this name, but in the early days of the Canucks, few were more exciting than a red hot Bobby Schmautz. Schmautz was an average bottom six forward in his first two seasons with Vancouver, but in 1972-73, he exploded for 38 goals in 77 games, setting a new Canuck record that would be tied by Don Lever two years later, but wouldn’t be beaten until 1978-79 by Ron Sedlbauer. Schmautz was scoring even more in the following season before he was traded away in a move that even mystified Schmautz himself. He would return for the last season of his career in 1980-81 and, at 35 years old, score 27 goals in 73 games for the Canucks. In the early 70s, Bobby Schmautz also had a famous pair of nights where he scored a hat-trick in one game, then followed it up with a four-goal game the very next game. 9. Darcy Rota After Sedlbauer set the new Canuck record in 1978-79 with 40 goals, it was Rota who pushed it further up with a 42-goal season in 1982-83. In each of Rota’s other three complete seasons in Vancouver he scored 20 or more goals, even though two of them consisted of more than 20 games missed. Rota played far better with the Canucks than any other team. 8. Trevor Linden Though Linden was more known for his leadership than anything else, he was a capable all-around forward. Linden scored back-to-back hat-tricks as an 18-year old in 1988 and would score 30 goals in his rookie season, finishing 2nd in Calder voting. After a 21-goal sophomore season, Linden would score 30+ goals in four consecutive seasons before the 1994-95 lockout-shortened season ended his streak. In 1995-96, he again scored over 30, tying his record of 33 goals. Though his offensive output dipped after that, some years after being traded away from Vancouver, Linden’s goal-scoring spiked when he returned, scoring 19 goals in 71 games. Linden retired at 2nd on the all-time goals list with 318 goals as a Canuck. 7. Greg Adams Immediately after being traded from the Devils to Vancouver, Greg Adams showed his goal scoring prowess. Adams finished 2nd on the team with 36 goals in 1987-88 and repeated his strong performance in 1989-90 with 30 goals in just 65 games. Adams would hit 30 goals again in 1991-92 and then have arguably the best season of his career in 1992-93, playing in just 53 games, but scoring 25 goals. Not only could Adams score frequently, but he could score in clutch moments, scoring 7 goals in 12 playoff games in the 1993 playoffs, and scoring crucial playoff overtime goals several times throughout his career. 6. Todd Bertuzzi It’s incredibly rare to find a combination of skill and size, but Todd Bertuzzi was the perfect mix. The 6’3″ power forward peaked at 245 pounds while he was in Vancouver and powered his way to five 25+ goal seasons, including 36- and 46-goal seasons in 2001-02 and 2002-03. Despite finishing behind Markus Naslund on the team in goals in 2001-02 (who had 40), he actually scored at a higher rate, scoring his 36 goals in just 72 games. Check out the final five here: Top 10 Canuck Goalscorers of All-Time (5-1) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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