With the 2022-23 NHL season just a few days away, let’s look at where some of your favourite Vancouver Canucks players stand in terms of their Yahoo Fantasy sports app percentages and predictions.
The Top Dogs
After registering career-highs in goals (32), assists (67) and points (99) last year, the American-born forward is ranked 22nd overall fantasy hockey, while Hughes comes in at 48th overall and eighth among all defenders, just behind the Detroit Red Wings sophomore, Moritz Seider.
Hughes produced a total of 68 points last year, but just eight of those points were goals. There’s no doubt that Hughes is one of the more lethal offensive blueliners in the game, but still wants to improve on that statistic, as discussed in a recent interview on the 32 Thoughts Podcast.
"“For me, I was happy with how my year went and I think they [Canucks] were too. For me, it’s more mental. I think Roman Josi had 110 more shots than me and I think that’s a crazy stat.”"
Demko is ranked 59th overall while also collecting the title of eighth-best ranked goalie for this season. Due to his position on the team, he is a safe pick to play at least 50 games this season, with the 60-game mark also well within reach depending on how well back-up Spencer Martin performs.
Yes, many readers are probably wondering why Demko isn’t on every roster but, according to Yahoo, only three netminders have been picked up by 100% of fantasy league players: Andrei Vasilevsky, Igor Shesterkin, and Jacob Markstrom.
After last season’s display, Demko was in the top 10 for wins but got out-shadowed by 13 different goalies in save percentage and 19 different ones in GAA.
In terms of Pettersson, the young Swedish centre is ranked just above Hughes at 47th overall following his 68-point season last year.
Every year, the expectation for Pettersson is to become a certified All-Star but, so far in his career, he has had his fair share of struggles.
Pettersson is projected to collect 609.80 fantasy points. Compare that projection to someone like Miller, who is predicted to get 745.70 points, and you can see why Pettersson isn’t on everyone’s roster.