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Sports Why The Canucks Will Be An Offensive Juggernaut Next Season

01:20  13 july  2018
01:20  13 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Canucks polarizing first day of free agency brings us the dawn of the Grit Wars

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Assuming health is risky enough in any year, but probably more so next season , with the Canucks having four forwards that have had surgery since they last played an NHL game (Rodin, Markus Granlund, Brendan Gaunce, and Derek Dorsett)

The season is not over yet and the Canucks will have a lot of players trying to snap up the few spots left on the roster next season . Here’s why the Canucks will have to get creative and why this “competition” is not as good as you think.

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The Vancouver Canucks will score all the goals, and these foolproof goal projections paint a promising picture.

There’s a perennial sense of doom and gloom surrounding the Vancouver Canucks organization and their moves. To these people, myself included, I say...

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Sure, Henrik and Daniel Sedin retired, and their 105 points last season followed them out the door. Thomas Vanek and his 41 points also skipped town at the trade deadline.

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  The Importance of Troy Stecher The Importance of Troy StecherIn his rookie campaign, Stecher demonstrated a degree of offensive potential. In 71 contests, he managed a very respectable 24 points (though of which only three were goals). That same year, he was voted by the fans as the team’s top defenceman. In doing, the now-24-year-old demonstrated strong skating ability, offensive instincts, and work ethic that showed strong potential for him to become an everyday top-four defender.

However, I fail to understand why this reasoning can’t be applied to Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley, and a (still) young offensive line in Kansas City. We will see what happens this next season (it is the NFL, after all.

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Altogether, the three vets leave a 146 gap in the lineup. This leaves some worried about the state of the offence. Who will step up and score more goals? How will the Canucks score more than the 218 they potted last season?

I’m telling you right now, there’s no need to worry. Leave your stresses behind, because the floodgates are about to open for the Canucks.

This organization has a slew of young players poised for break-out seasons. As Benning previously said, the scoring is on the young guys and boy, will they deliver. They also signed some vets to teach the kids “the right way.”

It’s the perfect storm for the Canucks to become the highest scoring team in the league. Don’t believe me? Let me bust out some logic and show you why you’re wrong.

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Forget Monday's NHL trade deadline — what happens next for the Vancouver Canucks will be much more challenging. Jason Botchford: Canucks at crossroads; or, why will next season be any different?

Vancouver Canucks : Why Sam Gagner has to be traded by Alex Hoegler. This is why I will scoff at anybody who pencils Pettersson as the second line centre for next season . I’m not very concerned about his offensive production.

Bo Horvat

The future captain of this team had steadily improved since he broke into the NHL in 2014-14. He was on pace to set career highs in both goals and points before an ankle injury sidelined him for nearly two months.

Still, he came back faster and stronger than ever before. Is this guy even human? As the unquestioned number one centre, it’s time to believe in Bo like never before.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 33

Brock Boeser

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Brock Boeser is already flowing his way into the hearts of Canucks fans.

The Canucks most exciting rookie in more than two decades would have one the Calder if it wasn’t for those damn healthy scratches. Wrist and back injuries didn’t help his case either. Boeser was already on pace for 38 goals over 82 games. Why shouldn’t he top that in his second season?

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 42

Canucks re-sign Virtanen to two-year deal

  Canucks re-sign Virtanen to two-year deal VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Jake Virtanen to a two-year deal with an average annual value of US$1.25 million. The 21-year-old from New Westminster, B.C., recorded 10 goals and 10 assists in 75 games for the Canucks in 2017-18, setting career highs in games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. His 155 hits led all Canucks forwards, while his 46 penalty minutes ranked fourth on the team. In 140 career NHL games The 21-year-old from New Westminster, B.C., recorded 10 goals and 10 assists in 75 games for the Canucks in 2017-18, setting career highs in games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. His 155 hits led all Canucks forwards, while his 46 penalty minutes ranked fourth on the team.

A strong offensive front will make life much easier for Trubisky, who will enter his second season as He wants to know the why ," Nagy said of his quarterback, per NBC Sports Chicago's Bryan Perez. All of the pieces are in place for the Bears to become the NFL's newest offensive juggernaut .

If Wahlstrom is available at #7, there’s no reason not to throw the Canucks a 2nd round pick to leapfrog Chicago & snag him. He’s got a heavy shot which he fired a TON in the OHL this past season . His 297 shots were second-most The diminutive (5’11 165) Boqvist is deemed an offensive juggernaut .

Sven Baertschi

Congratulations to this Swiss icon on his upcoming wedding. Now that this awesome accomplisment is in the books, there’s no way the guy scores less after he gets married.

Sven has suffered through some rotten injury luck, but this is the year he finally surpasses the 20 goal plateau.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 25

Elias Pettersson

You heard Dave Pratt say it first, but Elias Pettersson has Gretzky-like tendencies. If Wayne Gretzsky and Peter Forsberg had a love child, it would clearly be Elias Pettersson.

He also scored at a higher rate than Forsberg as an SHL rookie. You know what Forsberg did in his rookie NHL season? Scored more than a point per game.

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If you look closely, you can see pucks hitting twine in his eyes.

Don’t be shocked if Pettersson wins the Calder and the Hart this year. Take that safe bet to the bank.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 41

Brandon Sutter

Sutter’s line has commonly been known as a place where offence goes to die. With Jay Beagle now our de facto defensive specialist at centre, it’s time to unleash Sutter’s inner cowboy.

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Guaranteed Goal Projection: 21

Loui Eriksson

Loui can’t be bad forever, can he?

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Don’t say Loui didn’t do anything last season. Here’s an unedited image of him celebrating a goal!

No pressure on the Swedish Gretzky, but he’s basically tasked with resurrecting Eriksson’s career. Pettersson doesn’t bat an eyelash, he could (and will) do that with his eyes closed.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 26

Markus Granlund

Jeff Paterson wasn’t thrilled about his goal prediction for Granlund last season, but really he’s just a genius. Granlund was a victim of circumstance last season, but this year he makes Paterson proud.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 24

Jake Virtanen

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Look deep into the eyes of this soon-to-be 20-goal scorer.

Some of these media guys are good, as Jason Brough makes another bang-on prediction about the pride of Abbotsford.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 20

Nikolay Goldobin

As long as he doesn’t get traded...this guy will be the new Baertschi. Talk about a lofty status.

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2. Carolina Hurricanes: Filip Zadina (F). For nearly the entire season , I had Andrei Svechnikov at second overall, and his play this season has The Canucks would be very hard pressed to pass on Bouchard if he were available at seven. Next : Why trading Loui Eriksson is not as crazy as you think.

If the Flames are to finally make some noise in the playoffs next season , their biggest goal is to bring in offense . This is the primary reason why the Montreal Canadiens need to keep Max Pacioretty this off- season . Luckily for the Canucks , there is a lot of offensive talent available in this season ’s draft.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 18

Brendan Leipsic

Hard to see where Leipsic fits in with this team, but he’s a Travis Green guy. He’ll get PP1 minutes at some point.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 17

Sam Gagner

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Gagner doesn’t need to score next season, he’s simply around to “insulate the youth.”

The sixth overall pick was a stud with the Colum....ah forget it.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 7

Antoine Roussel

Before last season, the French Bulldog (will Biega be okay with this?) scored between 12-14 goals for four straight seasons.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 14

Tim Schaller

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The dude is literally a doctor. He’s going to put on a clinic playing on the fourth line.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 11

Jay Beagle

Hey, the man just won a Stanley Cup, don’t be asking him to score goals now.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 2

Alex Edler

Say what you want about steady Eddy, but the guy has scored five or more goals in every full NHL season he’s played. His 15 power play points last season were also his most since 2011-12.

That year, Edler had 11 goals. No way he doesn’t match that with both Pettersson and Boeser leading this future first overall power play.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 12

Troy Stecher

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Swinging Stech will find a way to score more this season. The pride of Richmond is due for a break.

Stecher spent the entire 2017-18 season proving his worth to Travis Green. Without that monkey on his back, Stecher should score more than at least one goal this season.

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To all the other NBA teams hoping to make major strides next season , use this as a blueprint. "That's why we always talk about defending, rebounding and keeping your turnovers down." On the surface level, the fourth-year swingman seems to be having another potent offensive season .

Then the NHL regular season resumed, and those feelings immediately vanished. (As for the Canucks , well, we did say “almost everywhere”.) Maybe not this year or next , or the one after that, but eventually. An entire nation can’t be this bad forever.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 6

Ben Hutton

Can Ben Hutton be the Canucks next version of the renaissance man? The odds are stacked against him but he surely can’t be worse. I mean, this guy has scored some big goals before.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 5

Chris Tanev

Tanev did have two goals in the first three games of last season. And everyone thinks this is a guy who can’t score.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 8

Michael Del Zotto

People love to rag on Michael Del Zotto for his shoddy defensive play. Yeah, he might have been on the hook for a goal or two, but he also tied with Edler for the team lead in goals from the defence. As long as he lets go of the pressure of being the team DJ, he’ll easily match his six goals from last season.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 6

Erik Gudbranson

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For 82 upcoming games, we will all wait in earnest for the one “Guddy goal.”

Here’s what I have to say about Erik Gudbranson: he’s scored before.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 1

Derrick Pouliot

This dude was the definition of an offensive juggernaut in junior. Stick him out on the ice with Baertschi and Leipsic, and you have yourself the Travis Green special.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 11

Alex Biega

Hey he scored last season, what’s to say he won’t score again?

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 2

Bonus: Quinn Hughes

So far I have 14 forwards and eight defencemen who I think might make the roster next season. Sorry Brendan Gaunce, Adam Gaudette, Reid Boucher....there’s sightseeing in Utica coming up in the near future for you.

Although he’s already the Canucks best defenceman (sorry Eddy) there’s a good chance that Quinn Hughes does not crack this roster to start the season. Hughes is fine with that anyways, because the Canucks are already all in for Jack.

If he was on this team, Quinn is easily scoring in double digits. Hell, he could even crack 20. The dude is electric.

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The Vancouver Canucks have had troubles scoring over the last few years, but they have the depth to become an offensive juggernaut next year. Let’s examine why . Depth, depth, depth. The Canucks haven’t had a good mix of forwards over the last three seasons .

No worries Canucks fans. The Canucks have plenty of goal support on this roster anyways. Hughes might even pot a few during a late season call-up.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 4

Canucks Total Goals: 356

For the record, no team in the league scored more than 300 goals last season. The Tampa Bay Lightning led the way with 290, but this incarnation of the Canucks is chalk full of some serious puck demons.

No one even considers how many guys on this team could score 20. Pettersson and Boeser are hitting 40 for sure, Horvat surpasses 30, and guys like Sutter, Eriksson, Baertschi, Granlund and Virtanen are all in that 20-goal wheelhouse. Although these projections are guaranteed, Leipsic and Goldy could be in that 20-30 goal range as well. Just your casual fourth-line 20 goal guys, no big deal.

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Don’t look now, but Brendan Leipsic could be the best fourth-liner in hockey. All he needs is a spot in the line-up.

Wait, there’s no room for those guys on the fourth line? Doesn’t matter they’ll find time.

The best part is, with Dr. Tim Schaller on the roster, this team is going to completely turn around their injury luck. His status as a doctor was easily one of the most underrated stories from free agency.

Let’s say the Canucks even are a middle of the road team in terms of injuries. The averaged NHL team, according to some rough math based on Man-Games Lost’s numbers, the average team had 237 games lost to injury.

Based on 20 players in any given lineup, that’s 14 per cent of the teams games. Take away 14 per cent of 356 goals and guess what, the Canucks are still above the 300-goal mark.

Now that you’ve seen the flawless math and these guaranteed predictions, go enjoy your summer. Know that when you come back in September, the Canucks are scoring at least 300 goals. What a season it will be.

Guaranteed Lowest Number of Goals the ‘Nucks Will Score: 305

Dean Lombardi’s Flyers contract blocks possible job with Canucks .
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