Though Matt Duchene would be a huge addition for the Vancouver Canucks, they’d be wrong to mortgage the future for a quick fix.
The Vancouver Canucks were expected to be among the worst teams in the NHL this season, but head coach Wilile Desjardins has done a remarkable job keeping an injury-riddled and depleted lineup in the playoff hunt.
However, the Canucks lack of scoring is a huge concern. Their 2.34 goals per game place them fourth-last in the NHL. Bo Horvat is the scoring leader with 17 goals and 38 points — good, but not spectacular. It’s obvious this team’s biggest weakness is a bonafide goal scorer who can come through at any given moment.
Colorado Avalanche star Matt Duchene would certainly be a nice solution, and the Canucks did scout some of their players back on Jan. 12:
But the Canucks would be better off passing on Duchene and looking at other options. That may sound ludicrous taking his skill level into consideration, but here are three reasons why general manager Jim Benning should avoid the temptation of landing Duchene.