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It has been four years since the Vancouver Canucks last went to the postseason. The team’s last playoff run that surpassed the first round was in 2011 when they lost to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals. But in a season which was expected to see the Canucks tussling for better lottery odds, their rebuild looks to be much further ahead than expected as they’re contending for a wild card place. In NHL 19, the Canucks are not equipped to go on a Stanley Cup run at the start, but they have all of the right pieces in all of the right places to grow into a very strong team.
Brock Boeser, Right Wing, 85 OVR
Age: 21Role: SniperHeight: 185cmWeight: 87kgShoots: RightBest Stats: 91 Slap Shot Accuracy, Wrist Shot Accuracy. 90 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Offensive Awareness
Despite only playing in 62 games of his rookie campaign in 2017/18, Brock Boeser emerged as Vancouver’s joint-top point scorer with 29 goals and 55 points to tie Daniel Sedin and outscore Henrik Sedin by five points. With the legendary Swedes gone, Boeser has continued to put up points for his team, with 17 goals and 35 points through an injury-hindered 39 games. In NHL 19, Boeser is quite the prospect, already boasting 91s and 90s for all shooting attributes, which continue to improve.
Christopher Tanev, Defenseman, 84 OVR
Age: 28Role: Defensive DefensemanHeight: 188cmWeight: 88kgShoots: RightBest Stats: 90 Discipline. 89 Defensive Awareness. 88 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength
While not the most offensively gifted and having missed his fair share of games, Christopher Tanev managed to hold a +7 rating while on the fifth-worst team in the NHL last season, which ended with a -46 goal differential. With a +4 rating through 47 games this season, Tanev continues to be dependable in the defensive zone. His 88 for shot blocking, stick checking, and 87 body checking make him a very serviceable defenseman in the game.
Jacob Markstrom, Goaltender, 82 OVR
Age: 28Role: HybridHeight: 198cmWeight: 89kgShoots: LeftBest Stats:88 Agility, Speed. 87 Recover, Angles
Certainly not the highest-rated starting goaltender in NHL 19, or in the NHL for that matter, Jacob Markstrom still manages to be tough to beat thanks to his athleticism and size. Through 60 games last season, Markstrom held a .912 save percentage and holds a .910 through 38 games this season. On NHL 19, he is merely a filler until the highly-touted Thatcher Demko comes of age.
From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Vancouver Canucks’ first lines start. There’s not much to be excited about with this starting line, but combining the playmaking skill of Bo Horvat with the ferocious sniping of Brock Boeser is a must if you want to score.
NHL 19 Vancouver Canucks Roster
Sven Baertschi (82) – Bo Horvat (85) – Brock Boeser (85)Alexander Edler (82) – Christopher Tanev (84)Jacob Markstrom (82)
|Name||Overall Rating||Position/Role||Height||Age||Shoots||Best Stats|
|Bo Horvat||85||Two-Way Center||183cm||23||Left||90 Stick Checking. 88 Defensive Awareness, Offensive Awareness, Balance, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy, Body Checking, Strength|
|Sven Baertschi||82||Left Wing Sniper||180cm||25||Left||90 Discipline. 88 Acceleration, Speed, Endurance, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power|
|Loui Eriksson||82||Two-Way Left Wing||188cm||33||Left||90 Discipline. 87 Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Speed, Slap Shot Power|
|Alexander Edler||82||Two-Way Defenseman||191cm||32||Left||89 Balance. 88 Shot Blocking, Slap Shot Power, Strength|
|Sam Gagner||80||Playmaker Center||180cm||29||Right||90 Deking. 87 Passing, Puck Control, Agility|
|Ben Hutton||80||Two-Way Defenseman||188cm||25||Left||87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength|
|*Michael Del Zotto||79||Two-Way Defenseman||183cm||28||Left||87 Slap Shot Power, Acceleration, Speed|
|Brandon Sutter||79||Two-Way Center||191cm||29||Right||90 Discipline. 87 Body Checking, Strength, Acceleration, Balance, Endurance, Speed|
|Jay Beagle||79||Two-Way Center||191cm||32||Right||90 Discipline. 87 Strength, Balance, Stick Checking|
|Jake Virtanen||79||Right Wing Power Forward||185cm||22||Right||90 Speed. 89 Body Checking, Slap Shot Power|
|Antoine Roussel||79||Left Wing Grinder||180cm||28||Left||94 Aggressiveness. 90 Body Checking. 87 Balance, Strength, Slap Shot Power|
|Brendan Leipsic||79||Two-Way Left Wing||178cm||24||Left||88 Acceleration, Speed. 87 Agility, Aggressiveness|
|Derrick Pouliot||79||Offensive Defenseman||183cm||24||Left||87 Discipline, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power|
|Troy Stecher||79||Two-Way Defenseman||178cm||24||Right||88 Acceleration, Agility. 87 Speed|
|Markus Granlund||79||Two-Way Center||183cm||25||Left||90 Discipline. 87 Acceleration, Speed, Agility|
|Nikolay Goldobin||78||Right Wing Sniper||183cm||22||Left||90 Discipline. 88 Agility, Speed|
|Tim Schaller||78||Two-Way Center||188cm||27||Left||87 Strength, Balance. 85 Body Checking, Aggressiveness, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power|
|Brendan Gaunce||77||Two-Way Left Wing||188cm||24||Left||87 Strength, Balance. 86 Stick Checking, Body Checking, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power|
|Tyler Motte||75||Two-Way Left Wing||178cm||23||Left||87 Speed, Acceleration, Agility|
|*Anders Nilsson||79||Hybrid Goaltender||198cm||28||Left||85 Glove Low, Stick Low, Poke Check|
*Anders Nilsson traded to the Ottawa Senators on January 2.*Michael Del Zotto traded to the Anaheim Ducks on January 17.
Thatcher Demko, Goaltender, 79 OVR
Age: 22Role: HybridHeight: 193cmWeight: 91kgShoots: LeftPotential: Elite med
Thatcher Demko is the superstar goaltender in the making that every team wants. Over the next few seasons, Demko becomes one of the best in the league, able to backstop the ever-improving Canucks deep into the playoffs. Being only three points down on Markstrom in terms of overall ratings, some Canucks users may opt to give Demko a trial by fire right out of the gate.
This is a very good batch of prospects. In real life, Elias Pettersson already leads the Canucks with 23 goals and 46 points despite only playing 41 of their 52 games; Jett Woo becomes a very useful defenseman if given a chance in the NHL lines in a season or two; and then there’s Olli Juolevi, Jonathan Dahlen, and Kole Lind who grow into decent players as well.
NHL 19 Vancouver Canucks Top Prospects
|Toni Utunen||56||Two-Way Defenseman||180cm||18||Left||7th D med|
|Jett Woo||63||Two-Way Defenseman||183cm||18||Right||Top 4 med|
|Elias Pettersson||78||Two-Way Center||188cm||19||Left||Elite med|
|Jonah Gadjovich||65||Left Wing Power Forward||188cm||19||Left||Top 9 med|
|Kole Lind||66||Two-Way Right Wing||183cm||19||Right||Top 6 med|
|Matt Brassard||58||Two-Way Defenseman||185cm||20||Right||Top 6 med|
|Jonathan Dahlen||65||Center Sniper||180cm||20||Left||Top 6 med|
|Olli Juolevi||70||Two-Way Defenseman||188cm||20||Left||Top 4 med|
|Adam Gaudette||74||Two-Way Center||185cm||21||Right||Top 9 med|
|Guillaume Brisebois||71||Two-Way Defenseman||188cm||21||Left||Top 6 low|
|Kristoffer Gunnarsson||58||Two-Way Defenseman||183cm||21||Left||AHL Top 2 med|
|Petrus Palmu||60||Right Wing Sniper||168cm||21||Right||Top 9 med|
|Lukas Jasek||60||Two-Way Right Wing||185cm||21||Right||Top 9 med|
|Michael DiPietro||63||Hybrid||183cm||19||Left||Starter med|