New year, new Vancouver Canucks, kind of. The Vancouver Canucks have already made their biggest changes moving on from former general manager Jim Benning and former head coach Travis Green while adding a new president of hockey operations in Jim Rutherford and a new head coach in Bruce Boudreau. The moves seemed to pay dividends for the Canucks who went into the stop in play on a six-game winning streak. With 2022 fast approaching let’s dive into a few Vancouver Canucks who are poised for success.
The start of the season was rough for the young Canucks star. Pettersson had 12 points in 25 games, towards the end of Travis Green’s tenure Pettersson seemed disengaged, to say the least. Although when Boudreau came into the picture Pettersson seemed to flip a switch falling four points in six games while seeing minutes on the penalty kill, which was something new for the young Swedish star. With the Canucks new system and an experienced offensive friendly coach Elias Pettersson is set to put up numbers similar if not better than his first two NHL seasons. 2022 is going to be the start of an exciting time for Pettersson as well as many of his teammates.
Like Pettersson, Brock Boeser seemed disengaged with Green and started off the season slow, notching 10 points in 26 games, four of which were goals, but since the changes, Boeser has found his touch once again. He has seven points in the past six Canucks games, playing a big role in the Canucks hot streak Boeser has netted five goals. Not only is he averaging almost a goal per game under Boudreau, but he has also seen his average ice time jump from 18:30 to 18:57, this is not a huge increase in ice-time but it has seemed to be enough to instill confidence in the young forward on the last year of his contract. Boeser doubling his goal totals in just six games under Boudreau is enough to show 2022 should be the start of an on slot of goals from Brock Boeser.
Tyler Myers holds one of the worst contracts Jim Benning handed out, not the worst but it is up there. The 31-year-old Texan is not a bad player by any means but is yet to live up to expectations with the Vancouver Canucks. Although he may never fully live up to his contract expectations in Vancouver, though Myers is beginning to prove he can be a valuable addition to Vancouver’s below-average blue line. Through Boudreau’s first six games Myers has seen his ice-time drastically increase. Averaging 21:50 to start the season he compiled six points and was a minus two. Once Boudreau took over he saw his ice-time increase to 25:21 while tailing three points and holding a plus 8 plus/minus, bringing his season plus/minus to plus six. During his time with the Vancouver Canucks he is yet to finish the season with a positive plus/minus. With Myers getting a bigger role with the Canucks and building up some much-needed confidence the Canucks may finally be getting the Tyler Myers Jim Benning though he signed in the summer of 2019.
Bruce Boudreau on who he’s impressed with: “Tyler Myers is my guy in that situation l… I was taking to Scottie Bowman last night and he was bringing up his name. He was saying he’s a big guy and big guy need minutes to play… and I agree with him…He’s been exceptional” #canucks
— BuckFoston (@BuckFoston_) December 23, 2021
Big Things In 2022
The Vancouver Canucks as a whole are poised for a big year in 2022. With expectations high and the players finally vibing the changes have seemed to pay off. Although the Canucks are still without a full-time general manager, players such as Boeser, Pettersson, and Myers have seemed to take their game to another level it is only up from here. Hopefully the Vancouver Canucks can come out of the freeze, hot, and keep fans entertained on their quest for a Stanley Cup.
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