Two important questions facing Vancouver Canucks

It's early. But hockey is on the horizon.

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With the start of the season not too far away, there are two very important questions that lie in front of Vancouver Canucks. The answers to these questions will also determine how the punters place their wagers on the games involving Vancouver Canucks. Let’s go over them below.

Will Elias Pettersson make the final team?

Vancouver Canucks got everything right when they opted for Pettersson fifth overall in the NHL Entry Draft 2017. During his first Swedish Hockey League season, the 19 year old talented player racked up 56 points and 24 goals in only 44 contests, leading his team from the front and helping it score by a wide margin. There is no other player in the team who has scored over 41 points. Furthermore, there is nothing left for Pettersson to prove in Europe, therefore, he has a fairly good shot at making the team out of the training camp. Canucks can also not be termed as the deepest team up front. They would hope that Pettersson will make an immediate impact, like Brock Boeser did in his first year.

If they are serious about easing up his transition to NHL, they might put him on the wing rather than in the center, at least during the first year. However, that won’t prevent him from bagging the top six role in the team. Even with Pettersson on the team, the Canucks are currently looking at 33/1 chance of winning the Stanley Cup next year.

How long before Thatcher Demko assumes the role of starting goaltender?

Having Jacob Markstrom and Anders Nilsson as your number one and two goaltenders heading into the regular NHL season cannot be termed as ideal for Vancouver Canucks. While Markstrom was once considered an excellent NHL prospect when he was a part of the Florida Panthers, his statistics show that he never managed to meet the expectations. Despite the fact that he played 60 games last season, he is more suitable as a backup. Nilsson is also in the same boat, as consistency has always been an issue with him as well.

Looking at it from the talent perspective, Thatcher Demko has all the qualities to evolve as a starting goaltender in the near future. But how soon that happens is something which remains to be seen. You might think that having spent a couple of years in the AHL, he should be close to being ready for NHL, but everyone knows that goaltenders take comparatively more time to develop than the forwards. So, Canucks would be better off going easy on the young goaltender this season. For all the latest on these questions and how well Canucks perform this time around, you can visit the NHL section on ArmchairAllAmericans.

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