Vancouver Canucks: Top 15 unrestricted free-agent targets

MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 14: Dwight King
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CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 05: Anders Nilsson /

No. 5: Anders Nilsson

While the rumours say that Anders Nilsson is already on his way to Vancouver, here are the reasons why that is a great move for Vancouver’s goaltending situation.

Age: 27
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 229 lbs
2016-17 Stats: 26 GP – 10W – 10L – 2.67 GAA – .923 Sv%
2016-17 Salary: $1 million

Another big Swede in net? That could certainly be the case as Jacob Markstrom’s 2010 World Juniors teammate could push Markstrom to earn his starts. Though Nilsson has proven to let in the occasional soft goal here and there, working with the Canucks and their goaltender training staff could really elevate his game.

This is a nice way to create competition for Markstrom. It is difficult to battle for the crease between two NHL netminders and bringing in a fellow countryman and a teammate is a great way to go for the Canucks.