Vancouver Canucks Player News: All Positions

News: Juolevi (knee) has been cleared to begin skating Monday, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Juolevi logged 18 games for AHL Utica, in which he tallied one goal and 12 assists, before suffering a knee injury that cost him the rest of the season. If the defender can get back up to 100 percent before the start of training camp, he could contend for a spot on the Opening Night roster.
News: The Canucks didn't qualify Pouilot's contract, making him an unrestricted free agent July 1, Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The 25-year-old hasn't had the career he'd hoped when he was drafted eighth overall in 2012. This past season with the Canucks, Pouliot logged an average of 17:10 of ice time per game, and chipped in 12 points in just 62 games. He was solid on the defensive end, however, accumulating 76 hits and 71 blocks this campaign. Pouliot is set to find his third team in six years, and will likely have to settle for a "prove-it," one-year deal from a willing team for next season.
News: Stecher will represent Team Canada at the World Championship, Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet 650 reports.
Impact: The 25-year-old had a solid bounce-back campaign, generating 23 points after posting a mere 11 points the season prior. Stecher will head to the World Championship for the first time, and he'll look to continue building on his successful year.
News: Demko signed a two-year contract extension with the Canucks on Wednesday, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports. The deal is worth $1.05 million annually.
Impact: According to Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver, Demko -- who went 4-3-1 with a 2.81 GAA and .913 save percentage through nine games this season -- should make roughly one-third of the starts for the Canucks in 2019-20 as the understudy to Jacob Markstrom. Those plans could always change if injuries strike, though we at least know he's the clear frontrunner for the backup goalie gig at the expense of Richard Bachman and junior prospect Michael DiPietro.
News: Hughes will represent Team USA at the World Championship.
Impact: The 19-year-old defenseman got his first taste of NHL action by playing in five games for the Canucks. Hughes immediately gelled with his teammates, registering three assists and seeing time on the power play. He'll head to the World Championship and get more experience under his belt.
News: Demko will represent Team USA in the World Championship.
Impact: The 23-year-old appeared in nine games for the Canucks this season, posting a 4-3-1 record. He's grown more comfortable with more playing time, as evidenced by him posting a .943 save percentage or better in his three most recent contests. Demko will head to the World Championship, giving him another opportunity for playing time and to further continue his development.
News: Markstrom will play for Sweden during the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
Impact: Markstrom posted a career-high 28 victories and was arguably the main reason the Canucks remained in the playoff race for as long as they did. He's shown that he is capable of being a starting goaltender at the NHL level.
News: Tanev will be in a walking boot for another 10 days and hopes to be fully healthy by May.
Impact: Tanev has struggled with injuries in his career, having never appeared in more than 70 games in a season. He finished 2018-19 with 12 points in 55 contests, his highest point total since 2015-16. He was asked to go to the World Championship, but given his injury, chances are he won't participate. He'll need the summer to make a full recovery and turn his attention toward training camp.
News: Boeser will not play for Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
Impact: Boeser dealt with some injuries again this season, limiting him to 69 games. He wasn't as dynamic this time around, recording 26 goals and 56 points, compared to his rookie campaign of 29 goals and 55 points, in seven fewer appearances. He'll take the offseason to fully recover and prepare for 2019-20, when he will look to take the next step in his development.
News: Horvat won't be participating in the World Championship.
Impact: Horvat will instead be getting married, ruling him out of the tournament. The 24-year-old set career highs in goals (27), assists (34) and points (61). His previous best was 52 points, making the 2018-19 campaign a successful step forward for the center. He'll look to further improve on those numbers next season, as his Canucks push for a playoff spot.
News: Edler picked up two assists Saturday in a 3-2 shootout loss to St. Louis.
Impact: Edler is a pending unrestricted free agent who clearly likes Vancouver -- he refused to waive his no-trade clause at the deadline. His 36 points in 57 games is a 52-point pace, although he just can't stay healthy. Edler hasn't played a full season since the lockout and has only hit the 80-game mark twice. His veteran presence would help the Orcas and fantasy owners if gets the gift of good health.
News: Pettersson netted his 28th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Blues.
Impact: Pettersson had been in a 10-game goal drought, so this was a nice monkey off his back as he ends his first season. He's long been the frontrunner for the Calder Trophy this season, but the Blues' Jordan Binnington, whom he beat for Saturday's goal, has also emerged as a serious contender. Pettersson finishes with 28 goals and 38 assists (66 points) in 71 games.
News: Demko made 34 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss to St. Louis on Saturday.
Impact: The game was tied at one until the halfway mark of the third period. Demko is the Orcas' man of the future and he has performed exceptionally well of late. This was his third consecutive game with a save percentage of .943 or higher. The talent is real. So is Demko's fantasy value, although Jacob Markstrom remains under contract for one more season.
News: Demko will start Saturday's road game against the Blues.
Impact: Demko has been on a roll recently, picking up back-to-back wins over the Kings and Sharks while posting an admirable 1.92 GAA and .946 save percentage over that span. The 23-year-old American will look to end the campaign with a bang by picking up his fifth win of the year in a road matchup with a St. Louis team that's 23-15-2 at home in 2018-19.
News: Tanev (ankle) isn't expected to be cleared medically until a few days prior to the beginning of the 2019 IIHF World Championship, which means he won't be available for Saturday's season finale against St. Louis, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Tanev will finish the campaign having totaled just two goals and 12 points in 55 games. The 29-year-old Canadian is still unsure if he'll represent his country in the IIHF World Championship, but he'll be back to 100 percent well ahead of next season's training camp either way.
News: Markstrom stopped 30 of 33 shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Nashville.
Impact: This game appeared destined for overtime, but with 21 seconds remaining in the final frame, Ryan Johansen beat Markstrom with a slick backhand to complete the Predators' comeback in regulation. The loss is Markstrom's third in his past four starts and moves his season record to 28-23-9. The 28 wins represent a career high for the Swedish netminder.
News: Hughes tallied a pair of assists -- both on the power play -- in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Nashville.
Impact: The high-profile prospect has yet to find the back of the net in his NHL career, but Hughes has tallied three helpers in his first four games at the pro level and has looked every bit as good as advertised so far. He's sure to be a mainstay on Vancouver's blue line next season.
News: Pearson scored a power-play goal and added an assist on the man advantage as well in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Predators.
Impact: Pearson's two-point night gives him four points over his past two contests and 26 in 79 games for the year. He also finished with the second-most ice time among Canucks forwards (18:10), trailing only Bo Horvat.
News: Granlund netted a power-play goal in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Nashville.
Impact: That's back-to-back games with a goal for Granlund, who now has 12 on the year to go along with 10 assists. Thursday's marker was just his third power-play point of 2018-19, as the 25-year-old has seen a reduced role in Vancouver's lineup this season.
News: Brisebois (undisclosed) remains on the sidelines for Thursday's game against the Predators, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Brisebois remains without a clearly defined timetable for return and, given that there's only one game remaining in the season, it's looking like he's played his last game of 2018-19. The rookie blueliner logged just eight games with the Canucks and failed to score a point. Considering he tallied just 11 points through 49 games with AHL Utica, there's little to point to him becoming a useful fantasy option in the near future.
News: Tanev (ankle) will remain out of the lineup versus Nashville on Thursday, Ben Kuzma of The Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Tanev has played just twice in the Canucks' last 22 games due to injuries, and at this point, should probably be considered doubtful at best versus St. Louis on Saturday. The blueliner reached the 10-point mark for the sixth consecutive season, but is unlikely to get back to being the 20-point producer he was in 2014-15.
News: Virtanen (lower body) will rejoin the action Thursday against the Predators.
Impact: Virtanen missed two games in a row while battling a lower-body issue, but his return up front Thursday should provide Vancouver with some additional offensive firepower. Although the 22-year-old hasn't pieced together quite as strong of a campaign at the top level as the Canucks were hoping for when they drafted him sixth overall in 2014, he does have career-high marks for both points (25) and goals (15) this season.
News: Markstrom will draw the start for Thursday's road contest against the Predators.
Impact: Markstrom has been decent in his past five starts, accumulating a 3-2-0 record to go along with a 3.13 GAA and .904 save percentage in that span. The Swede could be busy in net, facing an offense that generates 32.4 shots per game -- good for 12th in the league. Markstrom hasn't been great against Nashville in his career, going 1-2-1 with an .896 save percentage and 3.53 GAA in four starts.
News: Rafferty will make his NHL debut against host Nashville on Thursday, Jason Botchford of The Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: As noted by Botchford, Rafferty ascended to hockey's biggest stage directly from Quinnipiac University, and he'll hit game ice without logging a single practice with the parent club. The right-shot defenseman, who inked a one-year, entry-level deal with Vancouver on Monday, compiled 10 goals and 55 assists over 116 games for Quinnipiac.
News: Schaller registered an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Schaller is up to 10 points and 64 hits in 45 games this year. He has a goal and two helpers in his last four appearances, putting him on a bit of a hot run toward the end of the season despite averaging only 9:16 per game since March 15.
News: Biega posted an assist and went plus-3 in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Biega is up to 16 points in 41 contests this season, adding 101 hits for good measure. He isn't likely to make an impact in standard formats, but his physical presence and decent point production has made him viable over the second half of the campaign in deeper formats.
News: Edler collected an assist, three blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: He also had two shots and two PIM in the contest. Edler has been productive with 32 points (10 goals, 22 helpers) in 54 appearances, as well as 159 blocks, 126 hits and 123 shots on goal this year. His heavy style of play generally forces him to miss time every year, but he's still a fine producer at 32 years old.
News: Stecher scored his second goal of the year in a 4-2 win over the Sharks on Tuesday.
Impact: Stecher's empty-net goal confirmed the Canucks' win, capping a three-goal rally in the third period. He's at 23 points in 76 games, just one point shy of his career-best. He added four blocked shots and two shots on goal in Tuesday's contest.
News: Granlund scored his 11th goal of the season in a 4-2 win over the Sharks on Tuesday.
Impact: Granlund has seen his role reduced this season, averaging 15:03 per game compared to 16:15 last year. He's produced 21 points in 75 appearances with 119 shots on goal.
News: Horvat collected a pair of assists in a 4-2 win over the Sharks on Tuesday.
Impact: The two helpers give Horvat 61 points (27 goals, 34 assists) in 80 games this season, setting new career highs in all of the scoring categories. He's picked up 18 points on the power play and another three while shorthanded.
News: Eriksson registered a pair of assists and a pair of shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Eriksson hadn't featured on the scoresheet since posting four points in a 7-4 win over the Senators on March 20. The pair of helpers gives Eriksson 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 79 games this year. Should he earn another point, the 33-year-old would hit the 30-point mark for the first time since 2015-16 after a couple of injury-plagued campaigns torpedoed his offense.
News: Pearson scored twice on seven shots, and went a plus-2 with two hits in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Pearson has lit the lamp six times in his last 10 games, adding 27 shots on goal in that span. He has eight points in 17 games with the Canucks this year, and his season totals stand at 15 tallies and eight helpers across 78 appearances. Pearson also has a career-high 127 hits this year.
News: Demko stopped 33 of 35 shots in a 4-2 win over the Sharks on Tuesday.
Impact: Demko gave up both goals in the first period, but stopped all 23 shots he faced over the final two frames to put the Canucks in position to win. Demko improved to 4-3-0 with a 2.94 GAA and a .909 save percentage. The Canucks finish the season on the road versus Nashville on Thursday and St. Louis on Saturday. Both of those teams are playoff-bound, but will probably have seeding to consider, making Demko a risky option if he draws either start.
News: Woo signed an amateur tryout agreement with AHL Utica on Tuesday.
Impact: Woo's junior club, the Moose Jaw Warriors, were eliminated from the WHL playoffs last week and he will now get his first taste of professional hockey. Utica won't be making the AHL postseason, so his stay with the club will be a short one. The 2018 second-round selection (37th overall) is coming off a career-year for the Warriors in which he posted 12 goals and 66 points in 62 games.
News: Virtanen (lower body) will miss Tuesday's game against the Sharks, but coach Travis Green hopes he will play during the team's two-game road trip to close out the season.
Impact: It appears as though it's not the last we've heard from Virtanen this season, whether it be for one or two more contests. The fourth-year winger has posted the best campaign of his career in 2018-19, collecting a career-best 25 points -- 15 goals and 10 assists -- over just 68 games thanks to his occasional inclusion on the power play. He'll look to add some icing to the cake, but the Canucks will run with the same lineup Tuesday that they used in Saturday's shootout win over the Stars.
News: Demko will start in the home net Tuesday against the Sharks,
Impact: Demko continues to share the net with Jacob Markstrom down the stretch and gets a tough one Tuesday night against a Sharks club that will likely feature Joe Pavelski (undisclosed) in his return from a seven-game absence. Demko has fared reasonably well in his last four appearances, posting a 2-1-0 record, 2.60 GAA and .917 save percentage.
News: Rafferty signed a one-year, entry-level deal with Vancouver on Monday.
Impact: Rafferty spent the last three seasons with Quinnipiac University, scoring 24 points in 38 games this season. It's unclear whether the 23-year-old blueliner will join the NHL club or head to AHL Utica.
News: Kielly inked a two-year entry-level contract with the Canucks on Monday.
Impact: Kielly was a coveted college free-agent after he went 26-11-2 to go along with a .929 save percentage and 1.91 GAA for Clarkson University. The Minnesota native is a finalist for the nation's top goaltender and will add depth for Vancouver. It's unclear whether he will head to AHL Utica or stay with the big club.
News: Biega dished an assist in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Stars.
Impact: Biega added two hits, two blocked shots, two shots on goal and two PIM in a deuces-wild effort. With a career-high 15 points in 40 games, the 30-year-old blueliner has made a larger-than-expected impact with the Canucks this year. He's also up to 100 hits after Saturday, but it's still likely not enough to warrant fantasy attention.
News: Boeser registered an assist and three shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Stars.
Impact: Boeser has 12 points in 14 March games, only failing to put his name on the scoresheet three times in the month. The consistent production gives him 55 points in 66 games, matching his output from last season. With up to three more chances to set a new personal best, it's likely Boeser will do so in the final week of the season.
News: Beagle posted an assist in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Stars.
Impact: Beagle was also the only Canuck to finish over 50 percent in faceoffs, winning 16 of 25 draws. He has generated four helpers over his last eight games to bring his season total to 13 points in 54 games. Beagle added a hit Saturday to give him his first 100-hit campaign as well. His usage remains primarily in a defensive capacity, limiting his fantasy appeal.
News: Baertschi deposited his ninth goal of the campaign in Saturday's 3-2 shootout victory over the Stars.
Impact: It's his first goal in three contests since returning from a concussion. Baertschi has had a down year with 14 points in only 25 games, after posting no fewer than 28 points and 53 appearances in his three previous full seasons with the Canucks. The first-round pick from 2011 will likely return to a middle-six role next season, but at 26 years old, there's not expected to be much more development for the Swiss winger.
News: Schaller scored his third goal of the year in a 3-2 shootout win over the Stars on Saturday.
Impact: Schaller has three goals and a helper in his last eight appearances, despite skating more than 10 minutes in only two games during that span. In 44 outings this season, he has nine points and 64 hits. It's much less than the 22 points he posted in 2017-18 with the Bruins, and he remains off the radar for fantasy purposes.
News: Markstrom stopped 38 of 40 shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Stars.
Impact: Markstrom was unable to hold off a two-goal rally in the third period, allowing the game to go into the extra frame before finally emerging victorious when Markus Granlund tallied in the eighth round of the shootout. The Swedish netminder improved to 28-22-9 with a 2.76 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He'll likely draw the start again Tuesday versus the Sharks.
News: Tanev (ankle) is projected to remain sidelined for Saturday's contest against the Stars, Kevin Woodley of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Tanev has drawn into just two games since Feb. 13 and there is no sign that his status will change anytime soon. With only three games remaining on the schedule, there's a decent chance he's played his last game of the campaign. If that's the case, he finishes with just 12 points -- two goals and 10 assists -- to go along with 122 blocked shots and 29 hits over 55 games.
News: Brisebois (undisclosed) is not in the projected lineup for Saturday's home game against Dallas, Kevin Woodley of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Brisebois has missed the last three games with an undisclosed injury, and his absence will extend into Saturday. The fact that he won't play shouldn't affect fantasy lineups, as the 21-year-old has no points in eight games this campaign. It may be tough for Brisebois to get back in the lineup when healthy, due to the fact that rookie phenom Quinn Hughes will stay in the lineup.
News: Markstrom will patrol the home crease in Saturday's tilt against the Stars.
Impact: Markstrom hasn't been great in his past five starts, accumulating a 2-2-1 record to go along with a 3.13 GAA and .899 save percentage in that span. He will draw a solid matchup, facing an offense that ranks 29th in goals per game this campaign (2.53). The 29-year-old Swede seems to enjoy playing against Dallas, racking up a 3-0-1 record to go along with a .957 save percentage and 1.35 GAA in five career meetings.
News: Baertschi will replace injured forward Jake Virtanen (lower body) against the Stars on Saturday, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.
Impact: The Canucks rested Baertschi against the Kings on Thursday since he's only two games removed from his return following a concussion issue that cost him 23 straight contests. Baertsci has averaged 0.48 points per game over an eight-year career split between the Flames and Canucks, but he could have trouble planting himself in the top six for the four games that remain on Vancouver's schedule.
News: Virtanen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.
Impact: This effectively renders Virtanen a scratch for Saturday's game against the Stars, while paving the way for Sven Baertschi to make his third post-injury appearance following a nasty concussion that cost him 23 games. There are now only three possible games for Virtanen to draw into for the 2018-19 season. However, he's already established career highs in goals (15) and points (25) through 68 contests.
News: Schenn picked up an assist during Thursday's victory over the Kings.
Impact: It was just Schenn's second point of the season, as he's only appeared in 22 games between Anaheim and Vancouver. The points will be a rare occurrence, as Schenn's value is purely in hits. He's racked up 88 of those, averaging exactly four per game.
News: Pearson scored the shootout winner over Los Angeles on Thursday.
Impact: The tally was extra sweet for Pearson, as he scored the deciding goal over his former team. Pearson is playing on a line with Bo Horvat and Loui Eriksson, giving him a chance to rebound from his earlier struggles in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. He's played 18:49 and 21:11 worth of ice time in the past two contests, respectively, and the winger has rewarded the Canucks with four goals and a pair of assists over his past nine contests. We could see him return to his 40-point form in 2019-20.
News: Hutton (foot) had two shots and two blocked shots while skating 24:37 in a 3-2 shootout win over the Kings on Thursday.
Impact: Hutton remains at 20 points in 65 appearances this season after missing 11 contests with the injury. With the emergence of Quinn Hughes, who also returned from a foot injury Thursday, the Canucks' blue line is suddenly crowded, making Hutton no guarantee to feature in all of their last four games.
News: Spooner (undisclosed) pumped five shots on goal and added three hits over 13:59 of ice time in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Kings.
Impact: Spooner missed 11 games with the injury. He remains at eight points in 48 games this season, which would stand as the lowest total in a full season in his career.
News: Boeser netted his 26th goal of the season on four shots in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Kings.
Impact: After going two games without a point, Boeser put himself back in the goal column with a go-ahead tally in the second period. Boeser is at 54 points in 65 games this year, as well as a career-high 195 shots. He only needs one point to match his personal best from last season, with up to four more chances to get there.
News: Edler scored his 10th goal of the season and blocked three shots in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Kings.
Impact: Edler also had two shots and two PIM, taking a minor penalty for interference in overtime that ultimately didn't cost the Canucks the game. The veteran blueliner is up to 31 points in 52 games this season, as well as 153 blocks and 117 shots in a productive but injury-shortened campaign.
News: Hughes (foot) picked up a helper and two shots while skating 15:36 in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Kings.
Impact: The seventh overall pick from 2018 has arrived, and it took only 35 minutes for him to etch his name on the scoresheet for the first of presumably many times. Hughes could be a good budget DFS pick for the remainder of the season if he can maintain a place in the lineup.
News: Demko stopped 37 of 39 shots in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Kings.
Impact: Both Demko and Kings goalie Jonathan Quick were peppered throughout the night, but Demko prevailed by stopping all four shootout attempts. Demko improved to 3-3-0 with a 3.08 GAA and a .903 save percentage. The rookie goalie may see more starts once the Canucks are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
News: Brisebois (undisclosed) won't play Thursday against LA.
Impact: Brisebois' absence will continue to test Vancouver's depth at defense, but it won't impact any fantasy lineups, as he's gone scoreless while posting a minus-4 rating in just eight appearances this season. Another update on his status should surface once he's ready to rejoin the lineup.
News: Tanev (ankle) isn't in the projected lineup for Thursday's matchup with LA, NHL.com's Kevin Woodley reports.
Impact: Tanev is still recovering from the fractured ankle he suffered March 15 against the Devils, and with just five games remaining on the schedule, the Canucks may opt to simply shut him down for the remainder of the campaign. If that ends up being the case, the 29-year-old blueliner will finish the campaign having notched two goals and 12 points while posting a plus-3 rating in 55 appearances.
News: Spooner will return to the Canucks lineup ahead of Thursday's game versus Los Angeles, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.
Impact: Spooner hasn't appeared in the Canucks' past 11 outings. At first, he was out with an injury (undisclosed), then became a healthy scratch. He enters the lineup in place of Sven Baertschi. Spooner has played six contests for Vancouver, posting three assists in the process.
News: Baertschi will come out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Kings, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.
Impact: Baertschi has played just twice since returning from his concussion that cost him 23 contests. The winger only skated 12:05 worth of ice time in his most recent affair, and is sitting tonight due to being too tired. Don't be surprised if Baertschi sees limited time, if any, the rest of the way. His health is the main priority, and with the season almost over, he may want to turn his focus to 2019 training camp.
News: Hutton (foot) will be back with the Canucks for Thursday's matchup against the Kings, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.
Impact: Hutton has missed the previous 11 contests, but will get back into action and help a banged up Canucks blueline. He has five goals and 20 points through 64 games this year. While his recent absence will likely prevent him from surpassing his career-high 25 point total, 2018-19 has served as a nice bounce back season for the defender. Hutton only tallied six points last year.
News: Demko will start in goal Thursday against the visiting Kings, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.
Impact: The 6-foot-4, 192-pound rookie's numbers look ugly on paper, as he's posted a 3.31 GAA and .893 save percentage over six games this season, but he's actually only fallen flat in two games to date. Demko is now preparing to take on a Kings team with the fewest amount of team points (64) in the Western Conference, so a rebound very well could be in store for the 23-year-old.
News: Hughes (foot) will make his NHL debut Thursday night against the visiting Kings, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.
Impact: Nabbed with the seventh overall pick of the 2018 draft, Hughes is sure to get a standing ovation when introduced at Rogers Arena. The University of Michigan standout -- who played with Patrick Kane for Team USA at the World Championship and ultimately fashioned 62 points (10 goals, 52 assists) over 69 collegiate contests -- worked hard to overcome a foot injury that very well could have derailed his chances of debuting with the Canucks this season. Check the DFS player pool to see whether Hughes is available for the taking right out of the gate. He's a supremely talented offensive defenseman with wheels, and his inexperience is bound to be reflected in his virtual price tag.
News: Hughes (foot) could potentially make his NHL debut during Thursday's matchup with the Kings.
Impact: Canucks fans have had to anxiously wait for Hughes to suit up for the blue and green. His debut was postponed due to a foot injury, but his time is coming. If the highly touted defender isn't medically cleared to play Thursday, his next opportunity would be Saturday versus Dallas.
News: Canucks coach Travis Green said Hutton (foot) could play Thursday against the Kings.
Impact: Hutton's missed the past 11 games without many specifics available regarding how his recovery has gone. Of course, even when he ultimately returns, Hutton could lose playing time to phenom Quinn Hughes -- assuming Hughes is ready to return from a foot injury of his own.
News: DiPietro stopped 18 of 19 shots on OHL Ottawa's 2-1 Game 3 win over Hamilton on Tuesday.
Impact: It's been quite a season for DiPietro. After beginning the season with OHL Windsor, he was dealt to Ottawa in December. He also suited up for Team Canada at the World Juniors over the holiday season and made his NHL debut for Vancouver against San Jose in early February. DiPietro is undersized for the position (6-feet) in today's NHL, but he's extremely athletic and the ultimate competitor. He figures to begin the 2019-20 campaign in the AHL. The 2017 third-round selection (64th overall) is one of the better goaltending prospects in the league.
News: Horvat picked up an assist, two shots and four hits while going plus-2 in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: It was a well-rounded effort for the Canadian center, who now has 58 points (27 tallies, 31 helpers) and 220 shots in 77 games this season. In March, Horvat has accumulated 10 points in 12 appearances, as well as 32 shots.
News: Beagle posted an assist and two hits in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Beagle has had a good March for a fourth-liner, picking up a goal and three helpers in 11 appearances. He's registered three goals and nine assists across 52 games this season, and is one hit shy of reaching the century mark in that category. Unfortunately, he also owns a minus-9 rating.
News: Schaller picked up an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Schaller is up to eight points in 42 games in a season that has seen him spend nearly as much time in the press box as on the ice. He's averaged 10:51 in ice time, typically skating on the fourth line. Schaller does have 63 hits, but that's not enough to warrant fantasy relevance.
News: Pearson scored his 14th goal of the season on four shots and went plus-3 in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Pearson is up to 22 points in 75 games this season, a down year for the winger that hadn't posted less than 36 points since 2014-15. He's fired 110 shots on goal and added 120 hits, but the lack of scoring has limited his fantasy appeal.
News: Virtanen scored a goal and dished out three hits in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Virtanen is up to 15 goals and 25 points in 67 games this season, as well as 144 hits and 149 shots. It's been a career year for the New Westminster native, but his fantasy value remains limited to deep formats that reward physical play.
News: Edler scored a goal on six shots and added six hits in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Edler reached the 30-point mark for the second straight season and seventh time overall. He also has 122 hits and 115 shots on goal, providing ample production across many categories despite being limited to 51 games so far.
News: Stecher supplied two assists and went plus-4 in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: He added two shots and two blocked shots in a strong performance. Coach Travis Green will likely appreciate Stecher not being on the ice for any of the goals against. Stecher has 22 points in 73 games this season, as well as a plus-12 rating which is the highest of his career. He also reached 100 shots for the second time.
News: Leivo (illness) scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: He fired three shots on goal. Leivo has 10 goals and 18 points in 44 games with the Canucks after being offloaded by the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier in the season. Overall, he's gathered 24 points in 71 appearances.
News: Markstrom gave up five goals on only 24 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Markstrom allowed three of the five goals to Ducks rookie Sam Steel, giving the youngster his first career hat trick. Markstrom's record fell to 27-22-9 with a 2.78 GAA and a .912 save percentage. He's taken two straight losses, making a playoff berth less likely for the Canucks.
News: Tanev (ankle) is listed as an injured scratch for Tuesday's matchup with the Ducks, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 reports.
Impact: Tanev hasn't seen game ice since March 15, so he continues to sit on a modest 12 points through 55 games. He'll hope to get a chance to add to those totals when the Canucks play host to the Kings on Thursday.
News: Teves will make his NHL debut during Tuesday's game in Anaheim.
Impact: Teves will start on the third pairing with defenseman Alex Biega. Expect the Canucks to ease the 24-year-old into his role. The college prospect has some offense to his game, notching 20 points in 30 games for Princeton. He has a chance to prove himself given all the injuries to Vancouver's blue line.
News: Coach Travis Green indicated Tuesday that Motte (upper body) may be done for the season. "We might see him again this season, we may not," said Green.
Impact: Motte's absence the rest of the way shouldn't mean a ton from a fantasy standpoint, considering he owns just 16 points through 74 contests, though he does hold some value in leagues that support the hits (200) statistic. Without him for potentially the remainder of the season, look for Ryan Spooner, Nikolay Goldobin and Tim Schaller to all vie for a spot in the lineup. Spooner looks to be in line for his spot Tuesday against the Ducks.
News: Leivo (illness) is expected to play Tuesday night against the Ducks, per Brend Batchelor of Sportsnet650 reports.
Impact: Leivo missed Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Blue Jackets, but he's expected back against the Ducks in a second-line capacity with phenoms Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser. The former has compiled a career-high nine goals and 16 points -- including four on the man advantage -- over 43 games this season.
News: Markstrom will guard the home goal Tuesday against the Ducks, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.
Impact: Markstrom has scuffled in net his past pair of appearances, surrendering a combined seven goals to the Flames and Senators. He typically stands a much better chance at picking up a win on home ice, owning a 16-9-5 record at Rogers Arena, and his chances should be boosted by facing off against an Anaheim club averaging a league-worst 2.05 goals per game on the road.
News: Motte (upper body) isn't on the ice for Tuesday's morning skate, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.
Impact: Motte exited Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets after suffering an upper-body injury, and his absence from Tuesday's skate all but confirms he won't be available for the evening's matchup with Anaheim. The 24-year-old's absence will test the Canucks' depth up front, but it won't impact many fantasy lineups, as he's only picked up 16 points in 74 appearances while skating in a bottom-six role this season. Another update on his status should surface once he's ready to rejoin the lineup.
News: Schenn delivered a career-high 12 hits in Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Schenn's heavy performance is the 35th such game since 2005-06. He added two PIM and two blocked shots in the game. He only has a single assist to go with 77 hits in 20 contests this season.
News: Baertschi (concussion) skated 16:48 with a minus-3 rating in Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Baertschi was unable to make an impact on a night where Sergei Bobrovsky impersonated a brick wall. He skated 1:07 more than his season average, so he should be go over the final few games of the year.
News: Demko yielded five goals on 33 shots in Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: It's a critical blow to already thin playoff hopes for the Canucks, coming just one night after Jacob Markstrom lost 3-1 to the Flames. Demko's record dropped to 2-3-0 with a 3.31 GAA and an .893 save percentage. Markstrom will see starts as long as the Canucks have a chance, but expect Demko to feature more frequently if they're eliminated from playoff contention.
News: Motte left Sunday's game versus Columbus with what the team is calling an "upper-body injury".
Impact: Motte logged just 3:52 of ice time before being forced to depart due to injury. Another update on the winger's status moving forward will likely come after Sunday's game. Vancouver's' next game comes Tuesday versus Anaheim.
News: Tanev (ankle) will miss Sunday's game against Columbus.
Impact: Tanev has played just twice since Feb. 13 and will sit once again Sunday, still slowed by an ankle injury. In 55 games this season, the defenseman has registered 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and a plus-3 rating.
News: Spooner (undisclosed) is a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against Columbus, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.
Impact: Spooner has not played since March 3 and will be absent again Sunday, though it appears, considering the "scratch" designation, whatever injury was keeping him from playing is now behind him. He'll have to work his way back into the lineup, with his next chance to do coming Tuesday against the Ducks.
News: Baertschi (concussion) will return to the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jackets, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Baertschi last played Feb. 2, missing the last 23 games with the head injury. The 26-year-old has 13 points in 22 games in a campaign ruined by injuries. He may be eased back into action, so it's unclear how much ice time he'll see Sunday.
News: Brisebois (undisclosed) is day-to-day and won't play Sunday against Columbus, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Brisebois is out Sunday and it appears that he'll likely miss Tuesday's game against Anaheim as well. The rookie blueliner was held without a point in his first eight NHL contests this season. Derrick Pouliot will enter the lineup in his place.
News: Demko will face the Blue Jackets on Sunday, Dan Murphy of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The 23-year-old rookie has been strong in his last two outings, stopping 45-of-48 shots while earning one victory. However, Demko has just a .903 save percentage in his five appearances this season. He's not exactly a reliable fantasy option just yet.
News: Pettersson registered a power-play assist, two hits and two PIM in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Flames.
Impact: Pettersson remains on a point-per-game pace with 64 points in as many contests. He's on a five-game point streak, with a goal and five helpers in that span. The 20-year-old Swede's up to 20 points (nine tallies, 11 helpers) with the man advantage in a statement-making rookie year.
News: Edler registered a power-play assist, four PIM, three hits, three blocked shots and two shots on goal in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Flames.
Impact: Edler made a wide range of contributions sure to please his fantasy owners in the contest. For the season, Edler has 29 points in 49 games, adding 113 hits and 147 blocks. He has 14 points with the man advantage as well. Recently, Edler has bagged a goal and five assists in his last three appearances.
News: Boeser scored a power-play goal on four shots in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Flames.
Impact: Boeser has 10 points over a nine-game point streak, scoring four goals and adding six helpers. He's hit 25 goals for the second straight season, giving him 53 points in 62 games. Fourteen of his points have come with the man advantage, including three tallies and one apple during the streak.
News: Markstrom stopped 28 of 31 shots in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Flames.
Impact: Markstrom had won his last two appearances, but Mark Giordano and the Flames' fourth line got the better of the Swedish netminder. His record fell to 27-21-9 with a 2.74 GAA and a .913 save percentage. The loss hurts the Canucks' playoff chances, but as long as they're still in the fight, Markstrom figures to draw most of the starts over Thatcher Demko. A goalie for Sunday's meeting with the Blue Jackets is yet to be confirmed.
News: Markstrom will start in net Saturday when the Canucks host the Flames.
Impact: Markstrom has picked up wins in three of his last four starts, posting a strong 2.16 GAA and .929 save percentage over that span. Calgary has noticeable home/road splits this season, leading the league in scoring on home ice (4.27 goals per game) while averaging just 2.89 goals on the road. The Flames make up for the disparity by allowing just 2.41 goals per road contest, good for the second-fewest in the league, so Markstrom will need to be on top of his game to add to his recent successes.
News: Baertschi (concussion) remains day-to-day ahead of Saturday night's game against the Flames.
Impact: The Canucks reportedly will go with the same lineup that led to a 7-4 triumph over the lowly Senators on Wednesday. It took a while for the team to decide Baertschi wouldn't play in the next contest, meaning he could get an even closer look for possible activation against the Flames on Sunday.
News: Hughes has avoided structural damage in his foot and is expected to begin skating soon, Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: The blueliner has not made an appearance for the Canucks since rounding out his campaign with the University of Michigan, but it sounds like he may debut for the club before the season concludes. Hughes -- picked seventh overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft -- should eventually provide Vancouver with another offensive threat along the blue line, as he's coming off a point-per-game collegiate season.
News: Baertschi (concussion) is in line to play versus Calgary on Saturday.
Impact: Baertschi figures to slot into a bottom-six role out of the gate after missing the last 22 games due to his concussion. Injuries have limited the 25-year-old to a mere 22 outings this season, which could see him miss the 20-point mark for the first time since 2014-15 when he was with Calgary.
News: Beagle collected a helper in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Senators.
Impact: Beagle's found a bit of a groove with a goal and two helpers in his last six appearances, adding 11 hits in that span. For the season, the fourth-line center has 11 points in 49 games in a somewhat disappointing first season in Vancouver. It's safe to avoid the pivot for fantasy purposes.