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Jacob Markstrom | Goalie

Team: Vancouver Canucks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/31/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 196
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The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed goaltender Jacob Markstrom to a two-year deal, general manager Jim Benning announced Monday.
Markstrom, 25, appeared in three games with the Canucks in 2014-15 and 32 games with the Utica Comets of the AHL, where he was 22-7-2, with a goals-against average of 1.88, a save percentage of .934 and five shutouts. In 50 career NHL games with Vancouver and Florida, he has a mark of 13-28-5 and a 3.19 GAA. Jun 29 - 8:21 PM

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Jacob Markstrom will now back up Ryan Miller in the Vancouver cage with the trade of Eddie Lack to Carolina.

Markstrom was long considered the best goaltending prospect not in the NHL but a couple of mediocre seasons put a stop to that talk. He recovered nicely in 2014-15 and now should see 25-30 starts next season as Miller's backup. He was 22-7-2 with Utica of the AHL in 2014-15 with a sparkling 1.88 GAA and a .934 save percentage.
Jun 27 - 9:18 AM

The Vancouver Canucks are going to decide between keeping goaltender Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom in the near future.

Simply put, Markstrom's play in the AHL combined with salary cap restrictions has forced this day to finally arrive. Even GM Jim Benning acknowledged Markstrom's remarkable play in the AHL stating that, "Jacob Markstrom is ready now to play in the NHL." Markstrom is a 25 year old RFA coming off a $1.2M cap hit, and perhaps his best season yet. He posted a 22-7-2 record with .934 save percentage and a 1.88 GAA with AHL Utica, which preceded his 11-9 record with a .934 save percentage and 1.91 GAA in 20 postseason games. Lack meanwhile is 27 and carries a $1.15M cap hit for one more season. He filled in admirably over the final few months of the season with starter Ryan Miller out. Lack finished with a 18-13-4 record with a .921 save percentage and a 2.45 GAA in 41 games. However he flopped in the playoffs, going 1-3 with 10 goals against on 78 combined shots in four games. As it stands right now, the Canucks have just $3.206M in cap space with a few holes to fill.
Jun 9 - 9:56 PM

Jacob Markstrom shut down the high-powered offense of Grand Rapids in the Western Conference Final of the AHL playoffs.

He posted a 1.91 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage in six games against a Griffins team that averaged 3.70 goals per game after the first two rounds of the postseason. Markstrom has a 1.87 GAA and a .931 save percentage in 18 games to help Utica advance to the Calder Cup Final.
Jun 4 - 4:40 PM

Canucks GM Jim Benning isn't sure where Jacob Markstrom fits in yet.

Markstrom had a 1.88 GAA and .934 save percentage in 32 AHL regular season games and he's been just as effective in the playoffs. However, he's struggled in his NHL stints. Markstrom is set to become a restricted free agent this summer so Benning's evaluation could ultimately determine whether Vancouver re-signs him or attempts to deal his rights. If he decides that Markstrom is ready to be a full-time NHL goaltender, then he might even go as far as to try and trade Eddie Lack to create the necessary space.
May 22 - 4:11 PM

Jacob Markstrom has been sent to the minors.

Markstrom has a 3.08 GAA and .879 save percentage in three games with Vancouver in 2014-15. He was serving as Eddie Lack's backup, but Ryan Miller is ready to return now.
Apr 9 - 2:16 PM

Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 of 27 shots in Sunday's 3-1 win over Arizona.

This is Markstrom's first win of the 2014-15 season. The 25-year-old was once regarded as one of the best goaltending prospects in the game when he was with Florida, but his stock has fallen significantly. Markstrom has posted some good numbers in the AHL, but he has struggled to find his game in the NHL. He is still young enough that he can develop into the goaltender many expected him to be, but that doesn't seem likely to happen. Markstrom will probably be returned to the AHL when Ryan Miller (lower-body) is ready to return to action. Markstrom has a 1-1-0 record with a 3.08 goals-against-average and a .879 save percentage in three games this season.
Mar 22 - 11:05 PM

Jacob Markstrom will get the start against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday night.

It'll be Markstrom's second start and third appearance of the season, but he's only seen six shots in 18 minutes of work. That's because he's been playing with AHL Utica, where he's gone 19-7-2 with a 1.91 GAA and a .932 save percentage.
Mar 22 - 5:13 PM

Jacob Markstrom could be in goal for Sunday's game versus Arizona.

The plan right now is to have Eddie Lack start Saturday at Los Angeles and Markstrom would face the Coyotes, but that could change. Markstrom was burned for three goals on four shots against San Jose on Mar. 3 in his only other start this season.
Mar 21 - 11:04 AM

Jacob Markstrom is back up with the Vancouver Canucks after playing in two games in the AHL over the weekend.

He was sent down to get some playing time and will serve as Eddie Lack's understudy. Joacim Eriksson has been returned to Utica.
Mar 16 - 5:15 PM

Jacob Markstrom got a shutout last night as he made 27 saves in a 4-0 win for Utica over Chicago.

Markstrom was sent to minors on Friday to get in some playing time. He should return to the Canucks this week to back up Eddie Lack as Ryan Miller is still out of action.
Mar 15 - 11:11 AM

Jacob Markstrom has been sent to the minors.

Eddie Lack has gotten the vast majority of the starts while Ryan Miller is sidelined, so Markstrom will get a chance to get some playing time in the minors. Joacim Eriksson will serve as Lack's understudy in Markstrom's place.
Mar 13 - 3:54 PM

Vancouver's backup Jacob Markstrom didn't last eight minutes in his first NHL start of the season against the Sharks as he allowed three goals on four shots.

None of the goals were terrible but Markstrom looked shell shocked and had to get the pull in favor Eddie Lack at the 7:45 mark of the first period. It will probably be a while before Markstrom gets a start again. Markstrom has been lights out in the AHL but this turned out to not be his night in first NHL start in a while.
Mar 3 - 10:32 PM

Jacob Markstrom is projected to start on Tuesday.

Markstrom hasn't started for Vancouver yet in 2014-15. However, he's been superb in the minors with a 17-7-2 record, 1.95 GAA, and .932 save percentage.
Mar 3 - 2:23 PM

Jacob Markstrom and Eddie Lack were teammates five years ago with Brynas of the Swedish Elite League.

The duo are very good friends with the difference now being that Markstrom is backing up Lack and Lack was the backup to Markstrom five seasons ago. Markstrom has yet to play in the NHL this season and was recalled when Ryan Miller went down with a leg injury. Markstrom was 17-7-2 with a 1.95 GAA and a .932 save percentage with Utica before his recall.
Mar 1 - 9:14 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Henrik Sedin
2Nick Bonino
3Shawn Matthias
4Bo Horvat
LW1Daniel Sedin
2Alex Burrows
3Chris Higgins
4Sven Baertschi
5Brandon McMillan
RW1Radim Vrbata
2Jannik Hansen
3Derek Dorsett
4Brandon Prust
5Linden Vey
6Ronalds Kenins
D1Alexander Edler
2Dan Hamhuis
3Luca Sbisa
4Mike Weber
5Chris Tanev
6Matt Bartkowski
7Yannick Weber
8Ryan Stanton
G1Ryan Miller
2Jacob Markstrom