Vancouver Canucks Free Agency: Top 20 Players to Target

Jan 7, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Arizona Coyotes left wing Mikkel Boedker (89) controls the puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Arizona Coyotes won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 7, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Arizona Coyotes left wing Mikkel Boedker (89) controls the puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Arizona Coyotes won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 14, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; St. Louis Blues right wing Troy Brouwer (36) during the face off against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /

player. 99. . RW. 30, $5 million. Troy Brouwer. 9

A 6-foot-3 frame that leads by example, hits, and scores almost 20 goals? If the Canucks can sign Troy Brouwer to a logical deal, I would have no problem slotting him anywhere in the lineup except on the first line.

Enough said. If the Canucks can pay $5.5 million or lower for this complete power forward, I am all in. They have already contacted Brouwer’s agent.

Joe Colborne. 8. player. 112. . Forward. 26, $3.5 million

What else can I say? He’s what Logan Brown is set to become. Big, not afraid to be physical, a shooter and a playmaker, and versatile forward at the wing and the pivot. I really like the man and the Canucks should sign him after the Flames had to let him go as a restricted free agent. Would be a great trade-off for Shinkaruk!

105. . LW. 27, $4.5 million. Jamie McGinn. 7. player

I will be honest with you, I never thought McGinn was this good of a player. Why is he at number seven on my list when he ranked just fifth on my LW-only list?

He is young, he is one of the few players to have scored 20+ goals while in his mid-late 20’s, and he is a hard worker in all three zones. He just does well all the things that Jim Benning likes in his players. His speed should not be overlooked, either.

If the Canucks fail to connect with any of the forwards who are listed further up this list, McGinn is a must-get for the Canucks. Being the scorer he is, if the Canucks give him the opportunity to play with Bo and Sven, you can expect 20 goals from McGinn.

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