Former Canuck Players – Where Are They Now?

The Vancouver Canucks have undergone a pleathora of changes since last season – shown through their record and current roster. 13 players that suited up in blue and green last season play with new organizations. In this article I will explore how each of those former Canuck players are currently doing ranked from worst to best.

13. Ryan Spooner |HC Dinamo Minsk – KHL

Out of all of these former Canuck players Ryan Spooner is the only to leave the KHL. Spooner has played only 5 games for the Belorussian based club so far with only 2 assists to show for it. Spooner is still adjusting to the different style oversees and has a plus/minus rating of -5.

12. Darren Archibald | Toronto Marlies – AHL

Playing 49 NHL games in a Canuck sweater spanning from 2014-2019 Darren Archibald was a mainstay on Vancouver’s affiliate roster. Archibald is continuing his trend as a dependable forward at the AHL level. With this being said, Archibald is approaching age 30 and with 3 points in 10 games his NHL aspirations may be behind him.

11. Markus Granlund | Edmonton Oilers – NHL

Given a remarkable opportunity on a very thin Edmonton roster, Markus Granlund has not particularly taken advantage. In the 14 games he has played Granlund has only 1 point, 7 shots on goal and 2 hits. Granlund has been scratched three times thus far and has not yet impressed in Edmonton.

10. Brendan Gaunce | Providence Bruins – AHL

Former Canuck first round pick Brendan Gaunce is off to a promising start in the AHL with 4 points in 6 games. Gaunce also holds a plus 4 rating and 3 of his points are goals which is a good start. However, Gaunce may not get and opportunity at the NHL level this year due to how will Boston is playing. He is also out due to injury which was the main reason for his low ranking on the list.

Brendan Gaunce battling for the puck

9. Alex Biega | Detroit Red Wings -NHL

Former Canuck and fan-favourite Alex ‘Bulldog’ Biega has not come into his own yet in the Motor City. Biega has been scratched 9 times to his 5 games played. Although he isn’t producing points Bulldog does have 9 hits thus far.

8. Derrick Pouliot | San Antonio Rampage – AHL

Much to the surprise of Canuck fans Derrick Pouliot has been putting up points on the St. Louis affiliate team. Pouliot has 2 goals and 10 points in 11 games played with the team and may deserve a callup if he can keep producing. The biggest knock on his play this season is that he is a -4 so far.

7. Luke Schenn | Syracuse Crunch – AHL

Luke Schenn impressed Canuck fans last season with his physical play to close out the year. Unfortunately Schenn opted to sign with the Tampa Bay Lighting this passed offseason. After only 2 games with the Lightning and -1 rating, Schenn was sent down. The beefy defenceman is making his case for a callup with a point per game in the American league.

6. Sam Gagner | Edmonton Oilers – NHL

Out of all the players on this list Sam Gagner is the only one who was able to escape the AHL this season. Gagner started the season in Bakerfield by posting 4 points in as many games. Gagner has only 1 point in 7 games with the Oilers but analysts are optimistic that he will pick that total up.

5. Eric Gudbranson | Anaheim Ducks – NHL

A slow start for the Penguins seemed to spell much of the same Erik Gudbranson. However since being dealt after those 7 pointless games in Pittsburgh, Gudbranson has begun to pick it up. Furthermore, he has 1 goal in 6 games with the Ducks and has a +3 rating so far.

4. Ben Hutton | Los Angeles Kings – NHL

Ben Hutton has been slightly underwhelming in his 15-game LA campaign. The defence-first defenceman has 3 points and is currently sitting at a -6 rating. However, his poor plus/minus rating can be attributed to the bad start the Kings have had. Hutton has bounced around the lineup and has had different defence partners on different occassions.

Ben Hutton early this season

3. Anders Nilsson | Ottawa Senators – NHL

Former Canuck netminder Anders Nilsson has posted a 2-3-1 record with a 3.12 goals against average which is not a very positive start. However, if you look at his team and save percentage you will understand this high placement. Nilsson has posted a respectable 0.922 save percentage which points to the GAA being attributed to how weak his team is.

2. Brendan Leipsic | Washington Capitals – NHL

Although Brendan Leipsic usually gets under 10 minutes to work each game he still has 5 points this year. As Leipsic begins to build more chemistry with his teamates you can expect his point totals and perhaps his TOI to increase. Leipsic is fitting into a depth forward role on the Capitals right now.

1. Michael Del Zotto | Anaheim Ducks – NHL

Former Canuck defenceman Michael Del Zotto has had a surprisingly good start with the Anaheim Ducks. He is averaging around 20 minutes of TOI and 3 points in his 13 games played. His most impressive stat this year is +5 rating. Del Zotto is having a promising start to the year, it will be interesting to see how he builds onto it.

Former Canuck Michael Del Zotto in his Ducks uniform

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