Everyday from December 1st to the 25th I will be counting down the top 25 players of the 2010’s in this Canucks Advent Calender. Here is number 22!
With Christmas on the horizon and and the decade coming to a close, it is the perfect time to rank the best Canucks of the 2010’s. This is the Canucks Advent Calendar.
Each day until Christmas I will rank one player until we have the top 25 of the 2010’s. These Vancouver icons will be ranked on their statistics, impact on the city and overall play during their time with Vancouver. Rankings will be based on the player’s Vancouver tenure during the 2010’s only, prior seasons with the team will make little impact to the rankings.
22. Mason Raymond (2007-2013)
Statistics: GP 374, G 80, A 98, PTS 178
During his time in Vancouver, Mason Raymond developed what it took to be a successful middle-six winger on a high-end team. Raymond was selected by the Canucks during the second round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The skilled young winger would join the Vancouver Canucks during the 2007-08 season. During his first two seasons Raymond would stay around the 20-point mark until exploding offensively in the 2009-10 season.
At age 24 Raymond would post his career-high 25 goals with 53 points while playing on a talented second line with Ryan Kesler and Mikael Samuelsson. The following season would see Raymond’s point totals regress slightly to 39; however, he did miss 12 games. Raymond would extremely work hard throughout the post-season posting two goals and six assists on Vancouver’s legendary run to the cup finals. Unfortunately, Raymond would soon face some dreadful circumstances.
During game six of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins, Raymond would fall to injury. Bruins’ defenceman Johnny Boychuk would crush Raymond into boards causing a vertebrae compression fracture. In Layman’s terms, Boychuk broke his back. This injury would follow Raymond and impact his play for the rest of career.
After the injury, Raymond would go onto suit up in the blue and green for two more seasons. Although he would not return to his previous 25-goal form, he would post just 42 points over the next two seasons. It was clear at this time that fans would not be seeing the old Mason Raymond.
Mason Raymond would spend his next four seasons with various teams before leaving the NHL. Although his career did not go as planned, fans have many fond memories of him. From his patented spin-o-ramma to his two hat-tricks against Calgary; it is safe to say Raymond impacted the team and the fans. For these reasons Mason Raymond is the 22nd best Canuck of the 2010’s.
I hope that you have enjoyed this installment of the Canucks Advent Calendar! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next player on the list!
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