Popular Post *Buzzsaw* Posted September 18, 2019 Popular Post Share Posted September 18, 2019 For the first time in nearly 5 years I am feeling good about Team Depth in nearly all positions. Defense still remains the Teams weakness, but it has definitely improved over last year. ----------- A quick run-down of the current depth chart: OFFENSE Center Elias Pettersson Bo Horvat JT Miller (starter as R Winger) Brandon Sutter Jay Beagle Tyler Motte (starter as R Winger) Adam Gaudette Tim Schaller (likely playing as Winger) Tyler Graovac (likely playing as Winger) Unlikely to be called up: Carson Focht Left Wing Sven Baertschi Michael Ferland Tanner Pearson Louie Eriksson Josh Leivo Antoine Roussel (on injured Reserve likely till January) Reid Boucher Landon Ferraro Unlikely to be called up from Minors: Vince Arseneau Francis Perron Right Wing Brock Boeser Jake Virtanen Nikolay Goldobin Zack MacEwen Unlikely to be called up from Minors: Kole Lind Jonah Gadjovitch Lukas Jasek Justin Bailey DEFENSE Left Alex Edler Jordie Benn Quinn Hughes Oscar Fantenberg Olli Juolevi Ashton Sautner Josh Teves Right Chris Tanev Tyler Myers Troy Stecher Alex Biega Brogan Rafferty Jalen Chatfield Goal Jacob Markstrom Thatcher Demko Zane McIntyre Unlikely to be called up: Michael Di Pietro ------------------- From my perspective forward position depth looks excellent... the team will not automatically fall out of the standings with one or two injuries. Obviously we want a healthy team, but we should survive the typical mid season bout of injuries which has plagued us in past seasons. In fact some positions are so strong the team will likely need to waive some players prior to the season start. Kind of a fortunate predicament to be in. The team still lacks a bonafide No. 1 Defenseman... Alex Edler is past his prime, Tyler Myers is not that person, and Quinn Hughes is still essentially a rookie. But overall with Edler, Myers, Tanev, Benn, Stecher and Hughes, this team has a decent starting top 6. The remaining positions from 7-8 will be a tossup. The Canucks really need to wait another year for Tryamkin, (hopefully) and Woo to arrive and Hughes to get a feel for the game for the D to take a real step up. Offense is where this team should shine and where the Orca should start to inspire some fear around the league. The team is at its strongest down the center... I think any team would look at our depth chart for the 'C' position and wish they were as fortunate. Assuming reasonably healthy seasons, our #1 guy Petey is very likely to exceed 70 points and start his rise to the Art Ross Trophy. (not this year) Our #2 and Captain to be, Bo Horvat won't be far behind, if he gets regular linemates and a chance to reduce the number of faceoffs and ice time, he should increase his point total. Sutter as #3 has a decent chance for 30 pts, and our #4 Beagle is likely to hit 20 pts. And if one of these guys falters or is hurt, JT Miller can slide over from wing, or Adam Gaudette can be called up. The potential on the wings is also excellent. Left Wing perhaps doesn't have any Star players, but it does have a very solid group... with at least 4 players who could potentially play top six. I still think Sven Baertschi is potentially the best of the bunch, but time will tell if he has recovered from the dirty hits of last year. But even if he falters, Michael Ferland and Tanner Pearson are right behind him... both could easily hit 25 goals, and even Loui Eriksson and Josh Leivo as dark horses could put up the numbers. And lets not forget Antoine Roussel... he might only have 1/2 of a season to play... but you know he'll come out storming. Right Wing has a strong group as well. Brock Boeser could have a breakout year with 40 goals and 70-75 points a real possibility. JT Miller is likely to slot in here too, and he is a guy who put up 56 points in a top six role with the Rangers. After him is Jake Virtanen... another guy who is due... he could easily hit 20 goals and 35 pts. And finally there is Nikolay Goldobin, our Team Enigma.... who if he finds his scoring touch, could hit over 40 points. Goaltending is as solid as I think any team could hope for. We have a tandem of #1's... either Markstrom or Demko could fill that role... I predict these two guys will have a great rivalry and both will be fighting to outdo each other. And I like Zane McIntyre as an emergency backup. From what I have seen he is a solid netminder with good size, good technicals and decent experience. The last couple of seasons the Canucks have been decimated by injuries... and those injuries have killed their seasons. This year I think the team can survive the expected number of players who are sidelined by the physical nature of the game. I think the depth we now have is the biggest difference between last year and this year... and it is the reason I believe we'll make the playoffs. 1 1 9 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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