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Vancouver Canucks: 2015-16 Season Projection

2014-2015 Overall Record: 48-29-5 (101 Points) 15th in the Eastern Conference

***Lost to the Calgary Flames in GM6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal***

VANCOUVER CANUCKS TEAM LEADERS

Vancouver Canucks: 2014-2015 Team Leaders

Notable Offseason Losses:

G Eddie Lack (New Team: Carolina Hurricanes)

D Kevin Bieksa (New Team: Anaheim Ducks)

F Nick Bonino (New Team: Pittsburgh Penguins)

D Adam Clendening (New Team: Pittsburgh Penguins)

F Colin Stuart (Retired)

Notable Offseason Acquisitions:

F Brandon Prust (Former Team: Montreal Canadiens)

F Brandon Sutter (Former Team: Pittsburgh Penguins)

F Adam Cracknell (Former Team: St. Louis Blues)

Main Team Stats Breakdown:

GFA (Goals For Average): 2.84 (NHL Ranking: 8th)

GAA (Goals Against Average): 2.65 (NHL Ranking: 20th)

SV% (Save Percentage): .910 (NHL Ranking: 17th)

The Vancouver Canucks were somewhat of a surprise last season. The team was able to put it together offensively, while their defense held their own. In net, though Ryan Miller didn’t have the greatest season (.911 SV%; 2.53 GAA), he was still able to play solid enough to help the Canucks in his 45 games last season. While his injury last season wasn’t of much benefit, it did allow Eddie Lack (.921 SV%; 2.45 GAA) to shine. Due to Lack’s play, he was able to move on in hopes for a starting role in Carolina. Not sure how this will bode for Vancouver, as Lack has much more of an upside, while it’s best believed that Miller’s best years are behind him. It will take some time to see if moving Lack was a smart decision by general manager, Jim Benning. All shouldn’t be lost however, as another main reason for the move is wide speculation that Jacob Markstrom has been ready to play at the NHL level for quite some time.

Sedins_12-2007The twins (Henrik and Daniel) are getting up there in age (35), but should still have a couple more years of productive play. The two continue to provide solid leadership for the club and are the essential faces of the franchise. It will be interesting to see what they’re able to do this upcoming season with the two new pieces in Brandon Prust and Brandon Sutter, both now in the fold.

The Canucks offseason moves shouldn’t affect the team as much as some might think. This team should be set for another productive season if all goes well, though much like last season, it’s doubtful that they’ll go too deep into the Playoffs. Adam Cracknell is a surprise pickup; if given a chance it is believed that he can be productive. How much is yet to be seen, as he has been very underutilized throughout much of his career.

There was a sense last year that they were missing something; it’s still very much the same this season. Fans won’t be disappointed if they have hopes for the Playoffs in my best estimate, though anything further than a 1st round knockout will be pushing the envelope.

2015-2016 Season Projection: 3rd in the Pacific Division

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