Every offseason we see Vancouver Canucks players in and out. Some have continued toward greener pastures, while others have hit roadblocks, struggling to gain any footing in their new team. As 2021 passes and something new begins in 2022, it’s time to take a look at some of the former players.
A good season: Jared McCann (Seattle Kraken)
Jared McCann will forever be known as the first-round pick away from the Canucks.In fact, the 2014 draft turned out to be a nightmare, with McCann thriving in the Seattle Krakens and Jack Vertanen in the Continental Hockey League (KHL) after sexual assault allegations Force him out of the NHL.
For those who don’t remember, McCann was Infamously traded to the Florida Panthers 2016 was for lumbering defenseman Erik Gudbranson, who never really made his stride in Vancouver. The deal will go down in history as one of the worst deals of the Jim Benning era. For a while, the Canucks seemed to be dodging the odds as he struggled to gain a foothold in the Panthers. In 143 games, he has only 18 goals and 53 points.
But then McCann got fresh life in 2019 when he was traded to the Sidney Crosby-led Pittsburgh Penguins for Derek Brassard and Riley Sheehan. He entered the middle six, scoring 39 goals and 84 points in 141 appearances, including a career-high 14 goals and 35 points in 2019-20. He was then traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the third time in his career, but he never ended up playing for the Leafs as he was selected by the Krakens in the expansion draft shortly thereafter.
Since joining Kraken, McCann has enjoyed first-line skating minutes with Jordan Eberle and Jaden Schwartz. He also leads the team with 13 goals and is third with 19 points behind the aforementioned Schwartz and Eberle. So far, he’s enjoying himself in Seattle, so to speak.
Struggling: Tyler Tofrey (Montreal Canadiens)
With eight goals and 13 points in eight games since lighting up the Canucks in the 2020-21 season, Tyler Tofrey It has been difficult to generate a lot of offense in the 2021-22 season. Without the benefit of playing against his old club, the Ganac Killers have only five goals and 17 points in 26 games.
Like many Montreal Canadiens this season, Tofley fell short of expectations. After 44 points on 28 goals last season and 14 on 5 goals in the playoffs, he will be a candidate to be shipped out of town at the trade deadline. For a team that made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2020-21, that’s not what many fans expected in 2021-22.
A good season: Krista Neff (Calgary Flames)
Another player thriving elsewhere is a former Canucks fan favorite Kristaneve. Brock Boeser, Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson Affectionately called “Dad” Unfortunately, during the 2020-21 season, Flaming “C” is now worn instead of Orca. Since signing a three-year deal with the Calgary Flames in 2020, he has risen to the ranks of the top defensive players, second only to Noah Hanifen.
Tanev continues to block like there is no tomorrow, even being named an unofficial player for the Flames Defensive Back of the Year 2021 Provided by the Flames National Team for the 2020-21 season. He’s often on Vancouver’s injured bench, and he’s also a modest Ironman with 89 straight games. Surprisingly, it’s a career high since he’s never played a season with more than 70 games. My guess is that concerns about his durability at 32 are greatly exaggerated.
Struggling: Troy Stecher (Detroit Red Wings)
When Troy Sturcher is a member of the Canucks, he is Very reliable bottom-to-defensive player Who can jump into the top four in a pinch. In fact, he sometimes finds himself playing with Alex Edler for extended periods of time in top pairings. He’s the perfect depth defender as he can kill penalties, play a matchup role and engage in power games. His average annual salary (AAV) of $2.325 million is manageable, and he is also a right-hand man. After all, it’s hard to see why he no longer wears a Canucks uniform.
Unfortunately, then-general manager Jim Benning didn’t see his value and decided to give up on re-signing him.Detroit Red Wings came early In the 2020 offseason, he signed a two-year deal worth $1.7 million to AAV. He scored 3 goals and 11 points in 44 games, averaging 17 minutes and 19 seconds per game.
Steyer has not seen the same success in the 2021-22 season thanks to the emergence of rookie Moritz Side and the acquisition of veteran Nicklaus. At the time of writing, he’s only played in six of the team’s 36 games, and is averaging a career-low 14:28 on the ice. On the cusp of being an unrestricted free agent this offseason, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him move before the trade deadline. Is a return to Vancouver possible for the people they’re calling? Troy from Richmond?
A good season: Jacob Markstrom (Calgary Flames)
Say Jacob Markstrom Enjoying his time in Calgary would be a huge understatement. The former Canucks starter has struggled to get more than five suspensions in 229 games in Vancouver, having been eliminated five times in 24 games this season.he too Riding a figure like the Vezina Trophy 2.15 goals (GAA) and 0.926 save rate (SV%) and these five goose eggs.
Since Miikka Kiprusoff was the best goalie for the Flames, Mark Strom has shown everyone that he’s a real deal. At nearly 32 years old, he seems to finally be everything the Florida Panthers envisioned when they selected him with the 31st overall pick in the 2008 draft. Canucks fans probably won’t be suffocated by this, as they have their own superstar in Thatcher Demko. Like Mark Strom, he’s had a monster year, with a career-high 2.55 GAA and 0.920 SV% in 27 games so far.
Struggling: Adam Goldett (Ottawa Senator)
Finally, we have Adam Goldett. The once highly anticipated rookie who dominated the NCAA Tour with Northeastern has been in trouble recently. He appears to be a key part of the Canucks’ future ahead of a trade that sends him to the Chicago Blackhawks in April 2021. After scoring a career-high 12 goals and 33 points in 2019-20, he’s on track to become a regular top nine in the NHL.
Then the dreaded COVID-19 virus raised its ugly head in the Canucks locker room. Gaudette is First player to test positive and eventually spread to the entire team. All said and done, he was about to leave Vancouver.
Gaudette’s days with the Blackhawks didn’t go well, as he was a healthy catcher or low-minute player under former head coach Jeremy Colleyton and interim head coach Derek King. He was eventually granted immunity and was subsequently claimed by Ottawa senators in late November. All told, Goldett has just three goals and seven points in 17 games since leaving the Canucks.
We’ll keep an eye on these players as the regular season continues. There’s still a lot to do in 2021-22, so struggling players can still turn things around. It remains to be seen whether they will do so on the team they are currently on, but that’s a discussion for another day.
The Canucks’ 2021-22 season finally continues on Tuesday against the Florida Panthers, where they will meet former teammate Ollie Giuliwi and former rookie Gustav Forsling. The puck drops at 4 p.m. PT.
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