NHL 19: Vancouver Canucks Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

Can you take the Vancouver Canucks to glory with this roster?


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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: 21
Role: Sniper
Height: 185cm
Weight: 87kg
Shoots: Right
Best 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: 28
Role: Defensive Defenseman
Height: 188cm
Weight: 88kg
Shoots: Right
Best 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: 28
Role: Hybrid
Height: 198cm
Weight: 89kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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: 22
Role: Hybrid
Height: 193cm
Weight: 91kg
Shoots: Left
Potential: 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

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Potential

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

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