The reason I have decided to leave Matthew Thiessen to the end of this list is because he is the only goaltender in the Canucks organization who has yet to sign a contract with the team. Drafted in the seventh round of the 2018 draft, Thiessen is the only goaltender on the Canucks’ depth chart born in 2000.
He was drafted out of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, after posting a .923 save percentage with the Steinbach Pistons in the 2017-18 season. In his draft year, he had a record of 28-3-1 and a goals against average of 2.06.
This season, Thiessen played in the United States Hockey League with the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and saw a dip in his play. This season, Thiessen owned a .889 save percentage and a 3.01 goals against average. Along with those numbers, he also had an overall record of 18-22-4. Only time will tell if Thiessen turns out to be another late-round steal for Benning’s group at the draft.
The Canucks actually have relatively good depth at goaltending now, and the signing of Kielly really sets them up nicely for the future. I am curious to hear what you all think, as I’ve seen people on Twitter suggesting trading Demko or Markstrom to acquire a useful piece up front or a higher draft pick.
What do you think? Should the Canucks be looking at moving a goaltender out? I will write my thoughts on the matter in an upcoming article, but for now, I want to hear from you! Let me know in the comments section below what you think of the idea of the Canucks trading a goaltender!