Player News - Canucks

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The Vancouver Canucks aren't attempting to trade Chris Tanev, per GM Jim Benning.

When healthy, Tanev is a top-four defenseman for the Canucks, but the problem is that he spends a lot of time on the sidelines. He played in just 42 games this season and 298 of a possible 410 contests over the last five seasons. He has two campaigns left on his five-year, $22.25 million contract.
May 25 - 4:09 PM

Elias Pettersson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Pettersson excelled in Sweden this season with 24 goals and 56 points in 44 contests. He was taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and will be worth keeping an eye on during training camp as he could make the Canucks and have a sizable impact as a rookie. "Elias is a talented offensive player with tremendous vision and skill," said GM Jim Benning. "Like most Canucks fans we watched with excitement the incredible season he had in Sweden. This is an important offseason of training and development for Elias and we expect him to be ready to challenge for a roster spot in training camp."
May 25 - 12:14 PM

Brock Boeser (wrist, back) is expected to be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp.

Boeser injured his back on Mar. 5 after he fell into the bench door and he suffered the wrist injury in early February. "My understanding is the cast was taken off a week ago," Canucks GM Jim Benning said. "I haven't talked to Brock about it, but I believe the cast had to be on a month. The doctor that he went back to see in Minnesota is the Vikings' hand specialist and that's the doctor that did Brock's surgery two years ago. We were able to get an appointment for him and we wanted to get him in there and have the doctor have a look at him. The worst-case scenario was that he would require another surgery, but he didn't need to do that."
Source: NHL.com
May 24 - 8:30 PM

Anders Nilsson helped Sweden win gold at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Nilsson didn't start out as the team's starting goaltender, but took advantage of his chance to be the team's top netminder and ran with it. He posted a .954 save percentage, a 1.09 goals-against average and three shutouts in the tournament. "I'm just excited for him to finish off the year like that," Canucks goalie coach Dan Cloutier said Monday. "It's a huge accomplishment. There was a lot of pressure on him and he's going to be more positive in the summer and that's going to make his workouts better." Nilsson will have to fend off Vancouver prospect Thatcher Demko for a roster spot at training camp if he wants to compete for starts with Jacob Markstrom next season.
May 22 - 3:21 PM

Former Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo thinks that Olli Juolevi is ready to play in the NHL.

Juolevi was selected fifth overall in the 2016 Draft and returned to play in Finland this past season after playing junior hockey for the London Knights of the OHL. Salo was an assistant coach for TPS Turku, Juolevi's Finnish team. "When the playoffs started, he was our best defenseman," Salo said. "We lost (Henrik) Tallinder and it was good to see Olli carry the weight of Tallinder. He really picked up the Tallinder weight and was clearly our best defenseman. The only thing he didn’t really do was penalty kill. We had older guys in that role and it really worked out well for Olli. He focused on 5-on-5 play and the power play. He was a big part of our power play. He doesn’t have the hardest shot, but he’s good at finding the open lane and getting the pucks through. I was happy for him. He did have some struggles." Juolevi had seven goals and 19 points in 38 games but boosted his stature with two goals and seven points in 11 playoff contests.
May 20 - 6:19 AM

Elias Pettersson is expected to need 3-4 weeks of recovery time after he undergoes surgery to repair a broken thumb.

Pettersson was injured at the 2018 World Championship in Denmark. The good news is that it shouldn't impact his summer training very much. Pettersson still has to be signed by the Canucks before he attempts to crack the team's lineup. "I want to play in the NHL as quick as possible, but I want to be ready to be a good player there," he said. "I don't want to just make it to the NHL and play in a couple games. I want to be a player that makes an impact and helps my team win every night. Is that this year? I don't know. We'll see."
May 16 - 6:32 PM

According to Team Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg, Elias Pettersson will have surgery on his injured thumb.

Pettersson will miss the rest of the IIHF World Championship after he suffered a broken thumb. "It should be healed within in three or four weeks," said Gronberg.
May 14 - 2:21 PM

Elias Petterson suffered a broken thumb playing for Sweden at the World Championships in Denmark.

The Canucks first pick and fifth overall in the 2017 Draft is considered a tremendous prospect and was named the Swedish Hockey League's Rookie of the Year, Forward of the Year as well as the MVP. He broke his thumb in the second period when he made a great move but had his hand hit the post. Pettersson had a goal and three points in the tournament before the injury and his World Championship is now over. As long his off-season training isn't hindered too much by the injury, Pettersson should be able to crack Vancouver's lineup next season should he get signed by the team.
May 13 - 9:06 PM

Bo Horvat's goal over the summer will be to work on his skating.

"For me, it’s to keep working on my skating — you can never be too fast," Horvat said. "That’s something I already know and I know it’s something I have to keep working on all summer." Before he begins his summer training though, he's participating in the 2018 World Championship as a member of Team Canada. The Canadians will open the tournament with a game against Team USA on Friday.
May 4 - 11:36 AM

Henrik and Daniel Sedin have been chosen as finalists for the King Clancy Trophy.

The award is given "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." The Sedin brothers have done so much for the community in Vancouver throughout their careers, including donations and fundraising for children's hospitals and literacy promotion programs. Nashville's P.K. Subban and Minnesota's Jason Zucker have also been named finalists for the award.
May 2 - 7:30 PM

Jonathan Dahlen was named Allsvenskan's Top Forward and Most Valuable Player for the 2017-18 campaign.

Dahlen helped the second division Swedish team Timra IK earn a promotion back to the SHL. He was second in the league with 23 goals and tied for second in points with 44 in 44 games. Dahlen finished the year with Utica of the AHL. He had two points in two regular-season appearances as well as one assist in four playoff matches.
May 1 - 10:12 AM

Elias Pettersson cleaned up at the Swedish Hockey League Awards.

Pettersson was named the Rookie of the Year, Forward of the Year and Most Valuable Player. He collected 24 goals and 56 points in 44 games for Vaxjo Lakers HC in 2017-18. Pettersson was also SHL Playoff MVP after he recorded 10 goals and 19 points in 13 outings en route to a league championship. Vancouver took him with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
May 1 - 10:05 AM

The Vancouver Canucks want Elias Pettersson to play at center.

The fifth overall pick in the 2017 Draft should start his NHL career on the wing but GM Jim Benning thinks a move to center is in the cards. "This year, Pettersson played a month of center, and he’ll come over here and start on the wing," Benning said. "But at some point, I want to move him to the middle. I don’t know if that will be three months, a year or two years. The play goes through him when he’s a center. But that will depend on when he’s good enough defensively, when the coach trusts him to play center." Pettersson was named the MVP of the Swedish playoffs with 19 points including 10 goals, in 13 games. He is a keeper.
Apr 29 - 8:45 AM

Reid Boucher has been assigned to Utica of the AHL.

Boucher was waived by the Canucks on Sunday and sent to the minors after he cleared. He notched 25 goals and 46 points in 45 AHL matches in 2017-18. Boucher also chipped in five points in 20 appearances with Vancouver.
Apr 23 - 3:53 PM

Elias Pettersson was named the MVP of the Swedish playoffs.

Pettersson's Vaxjo Lakers won the Swedish crown as the teenager was outstanding, scoring 10 times and adding nine helpers in 13 playoff games. He became the top scoring teenager in Swedish playoff history, surpassing the Sedin twins who each had 14 points, 18 years ago. The Canucks top pick in 2017 and fifth overall is a must get in all keeper leagues as he is going to be a star.
Apr 23 - 8:50 AM


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