Canucks roundtable: Who is the most important UFA to extend?

VANCOUVER, BC - DECEMBER 10: Goalie Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks scrambles to find the puck while teammate Tyler Myers #57 looks to clear before Nic Petan #61 of the Toronto Maple Leafs can get a stick on the puck during NHL action at Rogers Arena on December 10, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - DECEMBER 10: Goalie Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks scrambles to find the puck while teammate Tyler Myers #57 looks to clear before Nic Petan #61 of the Toronto Maple Leafs can get a stick on the puck during NHL action at Rogers Arena on December 10, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Toffoli of the Vancouver Canucks skates against Zach Hyman. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Tyler Toffoli of the Vancouver Canucks skates against Zach Hyman. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

2. Tyler Toffoli

The trade for Toffoli has been a great move for the Canucks. His on-ice chemistry with his new teammates clicked immediately; Toffoli was able to put up 10 points (six goals and four assists) in just 10 games.

It was the first time in his career that he played for a team other than the Los Angeles Kings, but he didn’t seem to have any trouble adjusting at all. He fit in right away and he played right next to the team’s best players.

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In an interview with Dan Murphy from Sportsnet, Toffoli talked about his time with the Kings and how experiencing their fall from success made him never want to be on a bottom-feeding team again. The Canucks are a young team on the rise, and they’re  a great fit for Toffoli’s ambitions.

Toffoli can play on the penalty kill, is a strong two-way player, and puts up a consistent amount of goals. If he can produce pretty good numbers on a poor team like the Kings, you can only imagine what kind of numbers he will be able to put up with the likes of Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson.

His addition to the right-wing solidifies the top-nine and makes this team a deep scoring threat. As long as Toffoli rides inside the Canucks’ top-six, he’d be reliable for 50-plus points per season.

At 28 years of age, he already has a Stanley Cup ring on his resume and has been surrounded by top-tier players to help him grow and learn as a player. Having such an experienced player is hard to come by, and Toffoli would be an excellent addition in the locker room to help nurture the next generation of Canucks.

-Jasmine Yen