Brome, Pettersson, Markstrom and perspectives

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Although the NHL regular season game is suspended, the Vancouver Canucks are still generating news. Little of this news is about players on the ice – with the exception of Elias Pettersson who skates in Sweden, which apparently upsets other NHL players. Other Canucks players spend time isolating themselves at home during the COVID-19 disruption.

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In this article, I will try to keep Canucks fans up to date on the news
emerging from the team.

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One: Can Canucks sign Mathias Brome?

TSN’s Rick Dhaliwal reports that the Detroit Canucks and Red Wings are looking to sign Mathias Brome, a 25-year-old left winger who has played the last three seasons in the SHL. Dhaliwal notes that it looks like Brome will sign with one of these teams.

Yes
so there is a chance that Brome can jump straight into the NHL competition
next season. He scored 17 goals and 43 points for Orebro HK in 2019-20
season, which ranked him sixth in the SHL ranking. He’s seasoned and he’s good, but
is he a future Canucks player?

Point 2: Elias Pettersson in Sweden and He’s Skating

After the NHL closed on March 12 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Elias Pettersson returned home to Sweden to quarantine. However, as Sweden differs from Canada in the number of restrictions placed on the population, Pettersson was able to find the time and space to skate. Obviously, this opportunity is not for everyone.

Elias Pettersson Canucks of Vancouver
Vancouver Canucks Elias Pettersson (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Darryl Dyck)

Darren Dreger from TSN talked about it when he noted last week, “Local authorities, in this case in Sweden, allow this type of activity, players are allowed to skate. I can tell you that there are NHL players in North America who don’t like the idea, given the competitive edge you might see. “

Although Dreger spoke specifically about Pettersson, he also exposed the complexity of restarting the 2019-2020 season. For example, Dreger asked, “What happens when these players are welcomed to North America? No doubt about it, these players will be quarantined and there are guys who believe that players will also have to undergo mandatory testing in the NHL. “

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As Dreger points out, the decision to restart the season is one thing; however, doing what must happen to make this decision a reality can be totally different.

Point three: Jacob Markstrom wants to stay
Vancouver

Brendan Batchelor, the play-by-play voice of the Canucks on Sportsnet650 Radio, noted that although he may become UFA (an unrestricted free agent) at the end of the 2019-2020 season, Canucks goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom does not want to go anywhere. His goal is to return to the team.

Markstrom stayed in Vancouver to make sure his knee injury was fully rehabilitated, but he too – like teammate Pettersson – returned to Sweden to complete his auto quarantine. His knee is fine and, maybe it’s just a goalkeeper thing, unlike his young teammate, he’s not skating.

Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid Canucks of Vancouver Jacob Markstrom
Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid fails to shoot Vancouver Canucks goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom (CANADIAN PRESS / Jonathan Hayward)

Markstrom clearly knows what
he wants to perform for the 2020-21 season: he wants to stay in Vancouver. “In my mind, this is my goal”,
he noted.

He is also optimistic that the season is not over yet and that if not, he can play this season. As he said, “I still hope we can come back to play.”

Point Four: The Canucks’ Best Four Defense Prospects

On April 19, Peter Harling of My NHL Trade Rumors did a great piece on the Canucks’ best prospects in the organization. He said that given general manager Jim Benning’s work in the NHL draft in recent seasons, the organization has a number of young prospects who may soon join the team. His first four in defense are:

Defensive perspective n ° 1:
Brogan Rafferty, Utica Comets (AHL)

Brogan Rafferty is a 24-year-old, 6 foot 2 inch and 198 pound defenseman who signed as a free agent in 2019. Interestingly, after a successful NCAA career at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, he did not been drafted. However, he had an excellent AHL rookie season in 2019-2020 with the Utica Comets scoring seven goals and 45 points in 57 games, which led all AHL defensemen.

Utica Comets Brogan Rafferty
Utica Comets defender Brogan Rafferty (Photo by David Kirouac / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Rafferty is a fluid skater and a good mover. Because
he’s older and more experienced, the Canucks will probably give him a chance
their pre-season training camp to team up. His figures suggest that he might
help the team’s offense.

Defensive perspective
# 2: Olli Juolevi, Utica Comets (AHL)

Olli Juolevi is a 21-year-old, 6-foot-3, 198-pound Finnish defenseman who the Canucks drafted fifth in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. However, he did not progress as much as some of the other players in that draft – Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames and Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes, for example.

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Juolevi was slowed down due to a series of persistent injuries. In addition, young defenders sometimes need more time to develop. However, he is young and had a solid season in the 2019-2020 League with two goals and 25 points. Because he has a good chance of becoming a good NHL player, the Canucks probably won’t give up on him. From what I read, he’s in the mold of Alex Edler – a player who might one day play big minutes.

Defensive perspective 3: Jett
Woo, Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

Jett Woo is a 6-foot, 189-pound defenseman that the Canucks drafted in the second round (37e from the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The 19-year-old Chinese-Canadian is a killer. Despite being disappointed not to have been fielded at the Canadian World Junior Championship last season, Woo was a full-time alternate captain for the Calgary Hitmen and played an increased leadership role with the team. .

Jett Woo of the Warriors of Moose Jaw
Jett Woo with the Moose Jaw Warriors (Marc Smith / Moose Jaw Warriors)

Woo
is not flashy and it will not put the kind of numbers that Quinn Hughes will do, but
he will be a solid partner for an offensive defender. My prediction is that if
he never plays in Vancouver, he will become a fan favorite.

Defensive perspective 4: Jack
Rathbone, Harvard (NCAA)

Jack Rathbone is a 20-year-old, 5 foot 11 inch, 190 pound defenseman who was drafted by the Canucks in the fourth round (95e from the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Rathbone climbs the Canucks depth chart and has now completed two college seasons. In his first season at Harvard, he scored 22 impressive points in 33 games. Last season was even better and he scored 31 points in 28 games.

Jack Rathbone when he was with the Cape Cod whalers

Little
young defenders at any level score more than one point per game, and that would be
understandable if the Canucks would like to see it earlier in the NHL
than later. I hope however to stay at Harvard both to develop his game and to
prepare for life after hockey.

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An education at Havard is a rare opportunity for anyone and by the time he has completed four college seasons, he should be ready for the AHL or the Canucks roster.

What’s the next step with the Canucks?

The Canucks, like all the other NHL teams, are just waiting to see how the rest of the season goes. One problem at stake is the fate of Tyler Toffoli. He looked like a great addition to the team. However, as time goes by and income is lost, the possibility of Toffoli’s return seems more remote. For NHL fans, there is still a lot to do for 2019-2020.



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