The Vancouver Canucks released what they believe to be their Top 10 plays of the season. With very little surprise, Jacob Markstrom had his name all over the list.
Yes, thanks to some clever work from 6-year GM Jim Benning, the Canucks were able to vastly improve their roster in more areas than one this year. J.T. Miller led the team in points and turned out to be the missing piece to the Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser combination. The trio dubbed the “Lotto-line” went on to be one of the most dominant top lines across the National Hockey League and was a puck-possession force not to be messed with.
On top of that, rookie Quinn Hughes became the Canucks’ best defenseman overnight. And not the best defender of the season, he quickly stood out as the best player to ever walk the blueline in a Canucks uniform. He elevated the power play inside the top 4 and kept it there all season. His 53-point season was remarkable to watch and ultimately he was robbed of the chance to break records.
The offence brought this season by the new era of Canucks players was special, but still, nothing could compare to what Markstrom did for the team this season. His eight stolen wins is an untouchable stat, and this Top 10 list is the perfect example of how he was able to accomplish such a high number of steals.
You can watch the Canucks Top 10 Plays list here. It’s worth reliving the best plays of the season. Markstrom and Thatcher Demko dominate the list covering seven slots of a possible 10. Petey’s slick moves are enough to claim the other three spots.
But with 40 percent of the nominations, Markstrom proves was an absolute acrobat in net this season. The first-time All-star never gave up on the puck, he was a true protector of the crease.