Canucks: 3 takeaways from Jacob Markstrom’s season

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Vancouver Canucks Jacob Markstrom takes a water break (Photo by Devin Manky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Goaltender Jacob Markstrom enjoyed another great year in net for the Vancouver Canucks. Here are three big takeaways from his remarkable 2019-20 season.

Considering the roller-coaster of a ride Jacob Markstrom must have endured off the ice this season emotionally, the Vancouver Canucks‘ All-Star goaltender was off the charts impressive.

Another season under goaltending coach Ian Clark did tremendous things for the Swede that pushed his NHL numbers beyond anything he’s ever accomplished before. He grew mentally strong this year and became one of the more consistent starting netminders in the NHL.

Some people believe Markstrom to be the best player on the Canucks this year, and that’s not wrong. Taking it a little further, without Markstrom being an absolute gamechanger in net, the Canucks very well could be one of the seven NHL teams not participating in the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

He was peppered with over 35 shots in at least 40% of his starts yet Markstrom held a respectable winning record of 23-16-4. He’s 6’6 and his 206-pound frame stood tall when under pressure. His two shutouts this season were both in high shooting games where he turned down 41 shots and 49 shots respectively.

Management best do whatever it takes to lock up the soon to be very wanted UFA. He doesn’t let in a bad goal and he’s entering the prime years of his career. Let’s dive into my three biggest takes on Markstrom’s 2019-20 season.

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