#4: Jack Rathbone
Jack Rathbone only played nine games with the Canucks last season and spend the majority of the year with the Abbotsford Canucks.
In those nine games in Vancouver, he wasn’t very good defensively. But his stint in the AHL was best for him. In Abbotsford, he had 40 points in 39 games and it looked like he was too good for the AHL.
Rathbone already has excellent skating and offensive abilities, he needs to prove he has improved defensively at training camp and during the preseason.
It’s crunch time for Rathbone and if he (hopefully) makes the NHL out of camp, he needs to prove he can stay. I believe he can.
#5: Conor Garland
Conor Garland’s first year in Vancouver was a display of hard work in spins. In fact, he spun around so much, that he looked like a Beyblade on the ice.
Garland was one of the best Canuck forwards at 5 on 5 last season. His first season in Vancouver saw him score 19 goals and manage 33 assists for 52 points. Those were career highs in points and assists for him.
I feel like we haven’t seen the best of Garland yet, especially since he didn’t get much power play time. Garland clearly gives 100% effort every game and year two in Vancouver could be a big one for him.
Who else do you think can take a step forward on the Canucks next season? Let me know in the comments below!