Goaltending Battle Brewing for Canucks


There’s no lack of goaltending controversy stories for the Vancouver Canucks because the calendar turned to the new decade. Whether the duo has been Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider, Luongo and Eddie Lack, Lack and Ryan Miller, or Miller and Jacob Markstrom, the efficiency of the so-identified as backup has prompted some lovers of the Canucks to cry that the group need to hand the bulk of the goaltending load to that dude.

The Canucks could be headed down that street all over again for 2017-18, but there is a single critical variance among the duo of Markstrom and cost-free agent signing Anders Nilsson and all the others. Neither Markstrom or Nilsson is set up as a variety a single goaltender in the NHL.

It’s a dynamic that the Canucks have not had because 2000-01 when Bob Essensa shared the crease with Dan Cloutier (obtained from the Tampa Bay Lightning) and Felix Potvin (traded to the Los Angeles Kings).

Markstrom Should be No. 1

Because becoming picked up by the Canucks in the 2014 trade that despatched Luongo back again to the Florida Panthers, Markstrom has compiled a 25-28-7 file together with a 2.71 ambitions-towards-common and a .911 conserve share in 66 games. The Swedish netminder also played 32 games with the AHL’s Utica Comets in 2014-15 and compiled a sold 22-7-2 file.

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Heading into this offseason with veteran Ryan Miller a pending unrestricted cost-free agent, it appeared Markstrom would ultimately get the possibility to be the Canucks variety a single goaltender in 2017-18. The 6’6″, 200 lb. netminder is signed to a 3 calendar year, agreement extension that kicks in this impending season. It pays the 2010 Swedish Hockey League (SHL) Goaltender of the 12 months a incredibly cap friendly wage of $3.67 million for every season by way of the 2019-20 season.

At 27 years old, Markstrom only has 107 NHL games beneath his belt just after participating in in North The united states for the very last 7 seasons. In phrases of development, it’s now or never for him to just take control of the crease for the Canucks. Even so, Canucks typical manager Jim Benning potentially threw a wrench in the performs when cost-free company opened this calendar year by signing Nilsson.

Nilsson Should be No. 1

The similarities among Nilsson and Markstrom are nearly scary. Nilsson is also 6’6″, 27 years old and both of those could be considered a medium harm chance. Regardless of Nilsson’s age, he’s only played five whole seasons in North The united states. Like Markstrom, the Luleå HF products also led the SHL in ambitions-towards-common once in the course of his career, ending with a 1.92 GAA in 2011-12. The two are familiar with every single other on a particular level too, as they ended up the bronze medal winning goaltenders for Sweden at the 2010 Earth Junior Hockey Championship.

Nilsson had a superior season for the Buffalo Sabres in 2016-17, putting up a .923 conserve share in 26 games. He finished with a 10-10-4 file together with a 2.67 GAA, the least expensive in his NHL career. Nilsson signed a two-calendar year offer with the Canucks, receiving a increase from the $1 million he produced in every single of the very last two seasons with the Sabres and Edmonton Oilers/St. Louis Blues respectively. The worth of the agreement with the Canucks is for $2.5 million by way of 2018-19, so there isn’t a major discrepancy among Markstrom’s and Nilsson’s salaries possibly.

Based mostly on his efficiency very last season, Nilsson is deserving of the increase, but he continue to has not set up himself as a tried out and legitimate starter in the NHL. He only has 78 career NHL games to his title, with a 29-32-8 file, a 2.94 GAA, a .908 conserve share and two shutouts. Seems a lot like Markstrom’s career trajectory.

Neither Should be No. 1

Maybe the most appealing circumstance for new Canucks head mentor Travis Green is that neither Markstrom nor Nilsson grab the reigns and stand out as the team’s variety a single goaltender. The simple fact that neither has been “the guy” for an NHL group could engage in in the Canucks favor. Green could go with the incredibly hot hand on any specified night or break up the begins right down the center, knowing that possibly netminder gives the Canucks an equal possibility at winning. Even so, if a single of the two will get on a huge time incredibly hot streak this season, enjoy for queries to be elevated on how Green is utilizing them in rotation.

With both of those Markstrom beneath agreement by way of 2019-20 and Nilsson only signed by way of 2018-19, it seems a single of the two is possible preserving a place on the Canucks roster heat for top rated prospect Thatcher Demko. The 21 calendar year old will advantage from AHL seasoning and not becoming rushed into the NHL. He need to be prepared for key time in 2018-19 in at minimum a backup role, which signifies if he performs properly, the perpetual controversy with the Canucks goaltending will go on.

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