The ‘Nucks haven’t been in cup contention for about seven years now, but that’s all about to change.
After starting 9-3-2 on the year so far and going 7-1-2 in their last ten games, Vancouver is looking scary good. Yes, it is early in the year. But during the Canucks 2010-11 Stanley Cup run, they had a very similar record at this time of year. With that being said, they had one of the league’s best goaltenders in Roberto Luongo that year which helped them a lot. They went on to lose to the “Big Bad” Bruins that season. So, that’s the question.
Can the goalie duo of rookie Thatcher Demko and Veteran Jacob Markstrom carry them to the promise land?
Only time will tell. Both goalies have looked good thus far. It’s hard to tell who is going to be the true number one for this team. Demko, with four wins on the season already has a pretty good case while Markstrom is coming in with five in the win column. Travis Green, head coach of the Canucks, has his job cut out for him right now with this good ole’ goalie controversy. This is the best possible situation for any team to be in.
You have two outstanding goalies and you don’t know which one to choose? How could that get any better?
I think the Canucks will be just fine at the net throughout the year. On the skater’s side of things, Vancouver has a young Swedish star named Elias Pettersson. The kid can flat out play! Last year, he had a pretty decent rookie campaign notching 28 goals and 38 assists. To top it off, he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy, which is given annually to the most outstanding rookie in the NHL. He’s off to a hot start this season already, with a team-leading total of 20 points. “There’s four other guys on the ice when I’m out there, I’m not the first star by myself. The team makes me look good,” said Petterson after being named the NHL’s First Star of the Week.
Pettersson is such a stud! If he continues his success, who knows….the ‘Nucks could be playing playoff hockey come May and June.