In this edition of the Vancouver Canucks roundtable, we discuss who will lead the team in scoring, which players face the most pressure and the ones who may be traded mid-season.
The Vancouver Canucks open up their 2018-19 season against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena tonight, and expectations remain quite low for this team in the post-Sedin era.
The good news is that there is plenty to be excited about. Brock Boeser scored 55 points in 62 games last season and was a nominee for the Calder Trophy. What can the 21-year-old do in his second season, especially if he stays healthy?
There’s also plenty of hype on 2017 first round pick Elias Pettersson, who should eventually morph into the face of this franchise. Will that be in his rookie year? Will Pettersson win the Calder Trophy? No matter how he plays this season, we can all agree it’s been ages since the Canucks had a player that brought this much anticipation and excitement.
Plenty must go right for the Canucks to hang around in the playoff race this upcoming season, but Vancouver does host the 2019 NHL draft. Thus, maybe another bad season will lead to the first overall pick — also referred to as Jack Hughes.
Other than seeing how the young kids fare, there aren’t too many major storylines that need watching. Head coach Travis Green and general manager Jim Benning are safe. The Sedin twins retired last year, so there’s no farewell ceremony to prepare ourselves for.
But as we prepare for another season, our staff here at The Canuck Way decided to discuss a variety of topics — ranging from potential trade candidates to the team scoring leaders. Read on for more, and enjoy the season.