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Why The Canucks Will Be An Offensive Juggernaut Next Season

The Vancouver Canucks will score all the goals, and these foolproof goal projections paint a promising picture.

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Jake Virtanen #18 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates with teammates Derrick Pouliot #5 and Bo Horvat #53 after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes in NHL action on April, 5, 2018 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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There’s a perennial sense of doom and gloom surrounding the Vancouver Canucks organization and their moves. To these people, myself included, I say...

Sure, Henrik and Daniel Sedin retired, and their 105 points last season followed them out the door. Thomas Vanek and his 41 points also skipped town at the trade deadline.

Altogether, the three vets leave a 146 point gap in the lineup. This leaves some worried about the state of the offence. Who will step up and score more goals? How will the Canucks score more than the 218 they potted last season?

I’m telling you right now, there’s no need to worry. Leave your stresses behind, because the floodgates are about to open for the Canucks.

This organization has a slew of young players poised for break-out seasons. As Benning previously said, the scoring is on the young guys and boy, will they deliver. They also signed some vets to teach the kids “the right way.”

It’s the perfect storm for the Canucks to become the highest scoring team in the league. Don’t believe me? Let me bust out some logic and show you why you’re wrong.

Bo Horvat

The future captain of this team has steadily improved since he broke into the NHL in 2014-14. He was on pace to set career highs in both goals and points last season before an ankle injury sidelined him for nearly two months.

Still, he came back faster and stronger than ever before. Is this guy even human? As the unquestioned number one centre, it’s time to believe in Bo like never before.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 33

Brock Boeser

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Brock Boeser is already flowing his way into the hearts of Canucks fans.
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The Canucks most exciting rookie in more than two decades would have won the Calder if it wasn’t for those damn healthy scratches. Wrist and back injuries didn’t help his case either. Boeser was already on pace for 38 goals over 82 games. Why shouldn’t he top that in his second season?

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 42

Sven Baertschi

Congratulations to this Swiss icon on his upcoming wedding. Now that this awesome accomplisment is in the books, there’s no way the guy scores less after marriage.

Sven has suffered through some rotten injury luck, but this is the year he finally surpasses the 20 goal plateau.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 25

Elias Pettersson

You heard Dave Pratt say it first, but Elias Pettersson has Gretzky-like tendencies. If Wayne Gretzsky and Peter Forsberg had a love child, it would clearly be Elias Pettersson.

He also scored at a higher rate than Forsberg as an SHL rookie. You know what Forsberg did in his rookie NHL season? Scored more than a point per game.

2017 NHL Draft - Round One
If you look closely, you can see pucks hitting twine in his eyes.
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Don’t be shocked if Pettersson wins the Calder and the Hart this year. Hell, maybe he even wins the Conn Smythe.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 41

Brandon Sutter

Sutter’s line has commonly been known as a place where offence goes to die. With Jay Beagle now our de facto defensive specialist at centre, it’s time for Sutter to unleash his inner cowboy and let the offence flow.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 21

Loui Eriksson

Loui can’t be bad forever, can he?

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Don’t say Loui didn’t do anything last season. Here’s an unedited image of him celebrating a goal!
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No pressure on the Swedish Gretzkys, but he’s basically tasked with resurrecting Eriksson’s career. Even with that responsibility, Pettersson doesn’t bat an eyelash. He can (and will) do that with his eyes closed.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 26

Markus Granlund

Jeff Paterson wasn’t thrilled about his previous goal prediction for Granlund, but really he’s just a genius. Granlund was a victim of circumstance last season, but this year he makes Paterson proud.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 24

Jake Virtanen

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Look deep into the eyes of this soon-to-be 20-goal scorer.
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Some of these media guys are good, as Jason Brough makes another bang-on prediction about the pride of Abbotsford.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 20

Nikolay Goldobin

As long as he doesn’t get traded...this guy will be the new Baertschi. Talk about a lofty status.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 18

Brendan Leipsic

Hard to see where Leipsic fits in with this team, but he’s a Travis Green guy. He’ll get PP1 minutes at some point.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 17

Sam Gagner

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Gagner doesn’t need to score next season, he’s simply around to “insulate the youth.”
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The sixth overall pick was a stud with the Colum....ah forget it.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 7

Antoine Roussel

Before last season, the French Bulldog (will Biega be okay with this?) scored between 12-14 goals for four straight seasons.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 14

Tim Schaller

The dude is literally a doctor. He’s going to put on a clinic playing on the fourth line.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 11

Jay Beagle

Hey, the man just won a Stanley Cup, don’t be asking him to score goals now.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 2

Alex Edler

Say what you want about steady Eddy, but the guy has scored five or more goals in every full NHL season he’s played. His 15 power play points last season were also his most since 2011-12.

That year, Edler had 11 goals. No way he doesn’t match that with both Pettersson and Boeser leading this future first overall power play.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 12

Troy Stecher

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Swinging Stech will find a way to score more this season. The pride of Richmond is due for a break.
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Stecher spent the entire 2017-18 season proving his worth to Travis Green. Without that monkey on his back, Stecher should score more than at least one goal this season.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 6

Ben Hutton

Can Ben Hutton be the Canucks next version of the renaissance man? The odds are stacked against him but he surely can’t be worse. I mean, this guy has scored some big goals before.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 5

Chris Tanev

Tanev did have two goals in the first three games of last season. And everyone thinks this is a guy who can’t score.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 8

Michael Del Zotto

People love to rag on Michael Del Zotto for his shoddy defensive play. Yeah, he might have been on the hook for a goal or two, but he also tied with Edler for the team lead in goals from the defence. As long as he lets go of the pressure of being the team DJ, he’ll easily match his six goals from last season.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 6

Erik Gudbranson

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For 82 upcoming games, we will all wait in earnest for the one “Guddy goal.”
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Here’s what I have to say about Erik Gudbranson: he’s scored before.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 1

Derrick Pouliot

This dude was the definition of an offensive juggernaut in junior. Stick him out on the ice with Baertschi and Leipsic, and you have yourself the Travis Green special.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 11

Alex Biega

Hey he scored last season, what’s to say he won’t score again?

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 2

Bonus: Quinn Hughes

So far I have 14 forwards and eight defencemen who I think might make the roster next season. Sorry Brendan Gaunce, Adam Gaudette, Reid Boucher....there’s sightseeing in Utica coming up in the near future for you.

Although he’s already the Canucks best defenceman (sorry Eddy) there’s a good chance that Quinn Hughes does not crack this roster to start the season. Hughes is fine with that anyways, because the Canucks are already all in for Jack.

If he was on this team, Quinn is easily scoring in double digits. Hell, he could even crack 20. The dude is electric.

No worries Canucks fans. The Canucks have plenty of goal support on this roster anyways. Hughes might even pot a few during a late season call-up.

Guaranteed Goal Projection: 4

Canucks Total Goals: 356

For the record, no team in the league scored more than 300 goals last season. The Tampa Bay Lightning led the way with 290, but this incarnation of the Canucks is chalk full of some serious puck demons.

No one even considers how many guys on this team could score 20. Pettersson and Boeser are hitting 40 for sure, Horvat surpasses 30 with ease, and guys like Sutter, Eriksson, Baertschi, Granlund and Virtanen are all in that 20-goal wheelhouse. Although these projections are guaranteed, Leipsic and Goldy could be in that 20-30 goal range as well. Just your casual fourth-line 20-goal guys, no big deal.

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Don’t look now, but Brendan Leipsic could be the best fourth-liner in hockey. All he needs is a spot in the line-up.
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Wait, there’s no room for those guys on the fourth line? Doesn’t matter, they’ll find time to score.

The best part is, with Dr. Tim Schaller on the roster, this team is going to completely turn around their injury luck. His status as a doctor was easily one of the most underrated stories from free agency.

Let’s say the Canucks even are a middle of the road team in terms of injuries. The average NHL team, according to some rough math based on Man-Games Lost’s numbers, had 237 games lost to injury.

Based on 20 players in any given lineup, that’s 14 per cent of a team’s games. Take away 14 per cent of 356 goals and guess what, the Canucks are still above the 300-goal mark.

Now that you’ve seen the flawless math and these guaranteed predictions, go enjoy your summer. Know that when you come back in September, the Canucks are scoring at least 300 goals. What a season it will be.

Guaranteed Lowest Number of Goals the ‘Nucks Will Score: 305