Vancouver Canucks Player News: All Positions

News: Demko will slide between the pipes Thursday against the Blues in St. Louis, Thomas Drance of The Athletic Vancouver reports.
Impact: Demko delivered a strong outing in his first look between the pipes, setting aside 26 of the 27 shots he faced Tuesday against the Red Wings. The outing earned him another start Thursday versus the Blues in the first of a four-game road trip. St. Louis has gotten off to a slow start, owning a 3-3-0 record through six games, which should work in Demko's favor.
News: Benn has gone scoreless in his first five games with Vancouver.
Impact: Benn isn't an offensive-minded blue liner, but he produced a respectable 22 points during the 2018-19 campaign. His main value comes from his peripherals, where he has seven hits and four blocks. Should he see more ice time than the 15:32 he's seeing on average so far, his numbers are bound to improve.
News: Virtanen picked up an assist in Tuesday's win over the Red Wings.
Impact: That makes two points in Virtanen's last three outings. He's currently playing on the third line, which is where he will likely spend the bulk of the campaign. His stock has fallen over the years, but he posted 25 points in 70 games last season and could push for 30 points in 2019-20.
News: Ferland has just one point through five games this season
Impact: Ferland averaging just 12:51 of ice time per game. He has one assist on the year, and has since been demoted from the top line. The Canucks and poolies who drafted Ferland were likely hoping for more production out of the fiery winger. His value may be low now, but there is time for him to get going.
News: Myers picked up his second point as a member of the Canucks during Tuesday's win over Detroit.
Impact: Myers has been an important part to the Canucks defense so far, logging on average 22:27 of ice time per game. He has two assists through five contests, six hits, five blocks, and 12 shots on goal. He has the capability of posting a 30 point campaign while adding some category coverage.
News: Schaller is searching for his first point of the season.
Impact: Schaller isn't known for his offense, as noted by his fourth-line and penalty-killing roles. He's played all five games for the Canucks this season, which is a surprise given that he was often a healthy scratch in 2018-19. He doesn't provide value in any standard category, and should be off your fantasy radar.
News: Eriksson has only appeared in one contest for the Canucks this season.
Impact: Eriksson played in the season opener, but has been a healthy scratch in the following four games. He's never put it all together in Vancouver, but he did play 81 games in 2018-19. The limited value he brought has sunk even lower with Loui stuck in the press box. Even if he plays the occasional game, it will be in a fourth line role. Keep him off your radar.
News: Beagle hasn't cracked the scoresheet through five games this season.
Impact: It isn't a surprise that the defensive-minded center isn't racking up the points. Beagle is secured into a fourth line role, where his biggest contributions fantasy-wise would be his seven hits and five blocks. He provides much more value in real life than in the fantasy realm.
News: Motte (upper body) returned to the lineup and had two shots on goal in a 5-1 win over Detroit on Tuesday.
Impact: Motte had been on injured reserve since the start of the season, but returned Tuesday and took a regular shift, finishing with 16:10 TOI. He should slot right back into his typical bottom-six role after collecting nine goals and 16 points in 74 games last season, his first as a Canuck.
News: Stecher scored a goal on two shots and racked up 12 PIM with two hits and a blocked shot in Tuesday's 5-1 win over Detroit.
Impact: Stecher jumped into a rush late in the second period and buried a wrist shot past Detroit goalie Jonathan Bernier to tie the game 1-1. It was the first goal of the season for the 25-year-old, who had entered the night with one assist in his first four games. Stecher hasn't scored more than 24 points in any of his first three NHL seasons and his ice time comes almost exclusively at even strength, so there isn't much offensive upside.
News: Edler scored a power-play goal on three shots and added two assists with four blocked shots and three hits in Tuesday's 5-1 win over Detroit.
Impact: The 33-year-old workhorse led all players with 25:30 minutes of ice time and was involved in a variety of ways. He threaded a point shot through traffic early in the second period for the eventual game-winning goal, and he assisted both of J.T. Miller's power-play goals. Edler has three goals and five points in his first five games.
News: Pettersson had a goal and two assists with three shots in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: The 20-year knocked home a rebound for his second goal of the season while also setting up power-play goals by Alexander Edler and J.T. Miller. Pettersson is heating up after being held scoreless in the first two games of the year. He's since amassed two goals and three assists in three games, and on Tuesday saw a team-high 25 shifts, thanks in part to nearly five minutes of power-play time. The young superstar had 28 goals and 66 points as a rookie last season and should be able to challenge those totals in 2019-20.
News: Miller scored two power-play goals on four shots and had two PIM in a 5-1 win over Detroit on Tuesday.
Impact: Miller scored the final two goals in this one, deflecting an Alexander Edler point shot in the second period and firing home a wrist shot from the slot in the third period. The 26-year-old, acquired from the Lightning in July, has been a terrific addition for the Canucks, with three goals and four assists in his first five games. Miller hasn't topped 13 goals since 2016-17, but his fast start this year demands attention.
News: Boeser had three assists and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Boeser figured in on all three Vancouver goals in the second period, including two on the power play, setting up Alexander Edler, Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller. Boeser is off to a fine start with six points in five games, but with only one goal so far. The young sniper has managed more than three shots on goal in just one game this year, but he should find his goal-scoring groove before long.
News: Demko turned aside 26 of 27 shots in Tuesday's 5-1 victory over the Red Wings.
Impact: With starter Jacob Markstrom away from the team on a personal matter, Demko drew in for the first time this season and was perfect outside of a Dylan Larkin goal 30 seconds in. Demko has been Vancouver's goalie-in-waiting since being drafted 36th overall by the Canucks in 2014 and he'll be the de facto No. 1 as long as Markstrom is away. Demko made nine appearances (eight starts) last season and went 4-3-1 with a 2.81 GAA and .913 save percentage.
News: Fantenberg (illness) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.
Impact: Fantenberg hasn't played yet this season. His IR placement is retroactive to Oct. 12, so he'll be eligible to return for Saturday's game against the Devils. Even when the 28-year-old's healthy, however, there's a chance he stays in the press box.
News: Motte (upper body) is expected to be lifted from injured reserve and play in Tuesday's game against the Red Wings, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.
Impact: Motte will make a long-awaited return to game action after suffering a season-ending, upper-body injury in March that rolled over into this campaign. The 24-year-old is slated to fill in on the fourth line, and he'll bring a physical tough -- he dished out 200 hits last year -- to the Canucks.
News: Motte (upper body) isn't expected to join the lineup for Tuesday's game against Detroit, Thomas Drance of The Athletic Vancouver reports.
Impact: Motte practiced Monday and appears to be on the verge of being cleared to make his season debut, but he'll have to wait for Thursday's matchup with St. Louis for his next opportunity to do so. The 24-year-old totaled 16 points in 74 games last campaign.
News: The Canucks recalled Sautner from AHL Utica on Tuesday.
Impact: Oscar Fantenberg is currently dealing with an illness, so Sautner will be on hand to round out Vancouver's depth at defense Tuesday against the Red Wings. The 25-year-old has picked up one assist in two AHL appearances this season.
News: Demko will make his season debut in Tuesday's home matchup with the Red Wings, Ben Kuzma the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Starter Jacob Markstrom is expected to be away from the team for the foreseeable future while tending to a personal matter, so Demko will likely see several starts for the Canucks this week. The 23-year-old was pretty solid in limited action with the big club last year, compiling a 4-3-1 record while posting a 2.81 GAA and .913 save percentage in nine appearances. He'll look to pick up his first win of the season in a home matchup with a Detroit team that's averaging 3.20 goals per game this campaign, 15th in the NHL.
News: Fantenberg missed Monday's practice with an illness.
Impact: Fantenburg has been a healthy scratch in the Canucks' first four games this season. It's unclear when he'll draw into the lineup but he's merely a depth defensive for Vancouver right now.
News: Motte (upper body) appeared on the fourth line at practice Monday, Ben Kuzma of The Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Motte has been on injured reserve since the start of the season but has been skating at practice for about a week. He'll still need to be officially activated before he can join the lineup, but it seems there's a good chance he'll suit up Tuesday against the Red Wings.
News: The Canucks recalled McIntyre from AHL Utica on Monday.
Impact: With Jacob Markstrom taking a leave of absence, the Canucks brought up McIntyre to serve with Thatcher Demko as the team's two goaltenders. Markstrom is expected to return at some point during the team's upcoming four-game road trip, which starts Thursday in St. Louis. It's unsettled who will start in net Tuesday against the Red Wings.
News: Markstrom has been granted a leave of absence by the Canucks to tend to a family matter.
Impact: General manager Jim Benning wouldn't comment any further, but he said Markstrom would join the Canucks at some point on their upcoming four-game road trip, which starts Thursday in St. Louis. The Canucks recalled Zane McIntyre from AHL Utica to join Thatcher Demko in the team's crease.
News: Pettersson had an assist in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers.
Impact: Pettersson's helper came on a Brock Boeser goal in the first period. The Swedish center also supplied one of two tallies in the shootout to help secure the win. The 20-year-old has two points and six shots on goal through four games.
News: Tanev registered a pair of assists in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers.
Impact: Tanev had a hand in both goals by the Canucks, setting up Brock Boeser in the first period and Tanner Pearson in the second. The helpers were Tanev's 100th and 101st career points. The veteran defenseman has recorded three points and 12 blocked shots in four contests.
News: Boeser scored a goal on three shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers.
Impact: Boeser suffered a concussion in training camp, but he's been solid with three points in four games to start the year. The talented winger has 12 shots on goal. Boeser has topped 25 goals in both of his full NHL campaigns, but injuries have prevented him from skating in more than 69 games in a season so far.
News: Pearson scored a goal and fired four shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers.
Impact: Pearson also had the biggest moment of the game, tallying the shootout winner to secure both points in the standings. He has two goals and four points through four games this season, adding 18 shots on goal. If he's still available in fantasy formats, he's worth a look with top-six usage for a surprisingly effective Canucks offense (3.00 goals-per-game).
News: Markstrom stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers on Saturday.
Impact: Markstrom once again played well, but an Oskar Lindblom goal prevented the Swedish netminder from finishing the job in regulation. Markstrom is 2-2-0 with a 2.23 GAA and a .926 save percentage through four starts this season. Markstrom will probably start again at home Tuesday versus the Red Wings, as coach Travis Green will likely want to ride the hot hand.
News: Markstrom will tend the home twine for Saturday's game versus the Flyers.
Impact: Markstrom's been dependable so far, so the Canucks will go back to him for the fourth straight game. He has a .922 save percentage and 2.03 GAA so far. The Flyers have eight goals over the first two games and averaged 36.0 shots on net in the process, so they'll be a tough test for Markstrom.
News: Stecher collected his first point of the campaign during Wednesday's win over the Kings.
Impact: Stecher has been dressing on the third pairing, and seeing a career-low 12:34 of average ice time per game -- compared to his career-average 19:30. It's encouraging to see his name on the scoresheet, but the lack of ice time, and being removed from the power play severely hinders his value for the time being.
News: Gaudette picked up his first point of the season with an assist during Wednesday's 8-2 win over Los Angeles.
Impact: His power-play assist led to the opening goal of the night, which opened the flood gates. After being a healthy scratch during the first game of the season, Gaudette has been centering the third line and seeing time on the second power-play unit. He can bring some value in deeper leagues.
News: Pearson chipped in two assists and three hits in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Kings.
Impact: Pearson's first helper came on a Quinn Hughes power-play goal in the first period, and he added the secondary assist on a third-period tally by Josh Leivo. The two-point effort gives Pearson three in as many games this year, as well as a staggering 14 shots on goal.
News: Leivo potted a goal on his only shot in an 8-2 win over the Kings on Wednesday.
Impact: Leivo's goal was the Canucks' seventh of the game, helping to put things well out of reach in the third period. The tally is the winger's first point of the season, and he's contributed six shots on goal as well. Leivo recorded 24 points in 76 contests between the Canucks and Maple Leafs last season, primarily used as a middle-six player.
News: Tanev scored a goal on two shots, went plus-2 and had three blocked shots in an 8-2 win over the Kings on Wednesday.
Impact: Tanev's first goal of the year kicked off a four-score third period for the Canucks, which made the game a bit more lopsided than the first 40 minutes indicated. It's the blueliner's first point of the year, to go with his eight blocked shots in three games. Tanev produced 12 points in 55 contests last season.
News: Edler scored a goal on two shots and added three hits and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Kings.
Impact: Edler was strong at both ends of the ice in the contest, and his second tally of the year came exactly halfway through the third period. To go with the pair of goals, the 33-year-old has six blocked shots and nine shots on goal in three games.
News: Hughes netted a power-play goal and added an assist and a plus-3 rating in Wednesday's 8-2 drubbing of the Kings.
Impact: It's the first NHL goal for the Florida native. Hughes' multi-point effort gives him three points in as many games this season after he produced three helpers in five games at the tail end of last year.
News: Pettersson scored a goal and went plus-2 in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Kings.
Impact: Pettersson found the back of the net for the first time in three games this season. The reigning Calder Trophy winner had 66 points in 71 games last season while shooting 19.4 percent. It wouldn't be a surprise to see a little regression, but the Swede should retain a good portion of his value.
News: Sutter netted two goals and added a helper in Tuesday's 8-2 blowout win over the Kings.
Impact: Sutter first struck in the first period to make it 2-0 just 38 seconds after Quinn Hughes' opening tally. Sutter then iced a four-goal third period for the Canucks with his second of the game. The trio of points are the 30-year-old's first of the season, to go with his eight shots.
News: Miller scored a goal and posted a trio of assists with a plus-3 rating in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Kings.
Impact: Miller's four-point performance led the way in a thorough drubbing over the Canucks' division rivals. The winger now has five points and five shots through three games this season.
News: Markstrom stopped 37 of 39 shots in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Kings.
Impact: Despite the lopsided score, Markstrom faced a lot of rubber from the Kings in the contest. The Swedish goalie picked up his first win of the season. Markstrom has a good chance of drawing the start for Saturday's game against the Flyers.
News: Horvat was named captain of the Canucks ahead of Wednesday's game against the Kings.
Impact: Horvat is entering his sixth season for Vancouver and has posted 222 points in 379 games along the way. He's been held scoreless during his first two contests in 2019-20.
News: Per Brendan Batchelor of Sportsnet 650, Markstrom was the first netminder off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll get the start in goal in Wednesday's home game against the Kings.
Impact: Markstrom hasn't had a great start to the year, suffering back-to-back road losses to the Oilers and Flames while posting a 2.57 GAA and .902 save percentage. The 29-year-old Swede will hope to get back on track during Wednesday's home opener in a matchup with a L.A. team that's averaged 4.50 goals per contest through its first two games of the campaign.
News: According to general manager Jim Benning, Roussel (knee) has been skating on his own, but he isn't expected to be cleared to return to game action until late November, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.
Impact: Roussel has already missed Vancouver's first two games of the 2019-20 campaign and will likely miss at least 20 more before getting the green light to make his season debut. Once healthy, the 29-year-old Frenchman will slot into a bottom-six role for the Canucks. Roussel has only surpassed the 30-point mark once during his seven-year career, but he has a knack for racking up PIM, making him a decent plug-and-play option in formats that reward the rough stuff.
News: Pope was dealt to the Canucks from the Red Wings in exchange for defenseman Alex Biega on Sunday.
Impact: Pope was a fourth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and has yet to reach the NHL level. In his last two seasons with the University of Nebraska-Omaha, he racked up 33 goals and 72 points. The 25-year-old winger should be heading to AHL Utica.
News: Motte (upper body) took part in Sunday's practice session in a regular jersey, Ben Kuzma of The Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Motte is expected to be out until mid-October, but the fact that he ditched a non-contact sweater could be an indication he will be ready to go sooner. Once cleared to play, the Michigan native figures to slot into a bottom-six role, but could still serve as a quality depth scoring option.
News: Markstrom allowed two goals on 29 shots but ended up on the losing end of a 3-0 game versus the Flames on Saturday.
Impact: Markstrom's Canucks teammates managed 34 shots on goal, but each and every one was turned aside by Flames' goalie David Rittich. Despite a 0-2 record, Markstrom has a 2.56 GAA and a .902 save percentage. The Swede's next chance to get into the win column could come Wednesday versus the Kings.
News: Markstrom will man the road crease Saturday in Calgary, Jeff Paterson of TSN1040 reports.
Impact: Markstrom was beaten three times on 22 shots in a loss to Edmonton on Opening Night. He'll try for a better fate in another all-Canadian matchup, but things won't come easy against the Johnny Hockey-led Flames.
News: Pearson scored a goal and fired a team-high 11 shots on goal in a 3-2 loss to the Oilers on Wednesday.
Impact: Pearson, albeit in a losing effort, wasted no time scoring his first goal of the 2019-20 season. The 27-year-old is coming off a campaign last year where he suited up for three different teams and is definitely looking to hit his stride in Vancouver and find more consistency in his game. His performance Wednesday most certainly helped him in his quest to prove he deserves to remain in the Canucks' top six.
News: Markstrom turned aside 19 of 22 shots in a 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Wednesday.
Impact: The Canucks' netminder limited Edmonton to a single goal over the first 50 minutes, but the hosts were able to find the back of the net twice over the final 10 minutes to seal the win Wednesday. It figures to be a tough year for Markstrom who is expected to get the lion's share of starts for a Vancouver team in the midst of a rebuild.
News: Markstrom will patrol the crease in Wednesday's road matchup with the Oilers,'s Derek Van Diest reports.
Impact: Markstrom was pretty solid during the Canucks' exhibition schedule, posting a 2-1-0 record while recording a 2.70 GAA and .925 save percentage in three appearances. The 29-year-old Swede will look to secure his first win of the season in a road matchup with an Edmonton team that went 18-19-4 at home last year.
News: According to coach Travis Green, Motte is expected to be out for "a couple of weeks" with an upper-body injury.
Impact: Motte's absence will test the Canucks' depth up front, but it won't impact any fantasy lineups, as he only totaled 16 points in 74 games while skating in a bottom-six role last season. It's safe to assume the 24-year-old American will begin the 2019-20 campaign on injured reserve.
News: Fantenberg (concussion) has been given the all-clear for Wednesday's Opening Night matchup with Edmonton.
Impact: Fantenberg is far from a lock for the lineup Wednesday, as coach Travis Green could opt to utilize Jordie Benn instead, but at least Fantenberg is an option. In 15 games last season, the 26-year-old recorded one assist, 16 shots and seven PIM while averaging just 15:50 of ice time. Without a guaranteed spot in the lineup, the Swede won't offer much in terms of fantasy value this year.
News: Boeser (concussion) will play in Wednesday's season-opener versus the Oilers.
Impact: Boeser suffered this concussion less than a week ago, and he progressed through the league's protocol quickly. The 22-year-old will look to build off of his first two full seasons in the league where he generated 55 goals and and 111 points over 131 games. Boeser will flank Elias Pettersson on the Canucks' top line, and the duo is on track to man the top power-play unit, as well.
News: Brisebois was reassigned to the minors, Thomas Drance of The Athletic Vancouver reports.
Impact: Brisebois played in eight NHL games last year, in which he recorded five shots, seven blocks and a minus-4 rating. The Quebec native was likely in the mix for a roster spot right up to the end, but figures to benefit from the added ice time in the minors.
News: Goldobin was waived by the Canucks for the purpose of reassignment Monday.
Impact: Goldobin played in 63 games for the Canucks last year mainly in a third-line role, producing 27 points with nine on the man advantage. The Canucks brought in J.T. Miller this summer to man the second line, and Goldobin lost the battle for the remaining right-wing roles to Jake Virtanen and Josh Leivo. The 23-year-old will start the season with AHL Utica if he clears waivers.
News: Biega was waived by the Canucks for the purpose of reassignment Monday.
Impact: Biega finished on a high note last season, posting 11 points over the final 22 games with the big club while manning a top-four role. Chris Tanev was out with an ankle injury for most of those games and he's healthy now, and the Canucks signed Tyler Myers to a long-term deal this summer. That essentially left Biega as a long shot to make the roster, so he'll start the season with AHL Utica if he clears waivers.
News: Baertschi was waived by the Canucks for the purpose of reassignment.
Impact: This move comes as a surprise since Baertschi looked to have a shot at the top six this year. However, he's struggled with injuries over the last two years and played just 26 games last season due to a concussion. Baertschi made use of the limited time, posting 14 points with seven on the power play. He'll start the season with AHL Utica if he clears waivers, but there's a decent chance he's claimed by a team looking to add middle-six depth with power-play upside at $3.37 million per year.
News: Boeser (concussion) skated with a non-contact jersey Saturday.
Impact: Boeser suffered this concussion Tuesday, so he's clearly progressing well through the league's protocol. He'll have to fully clear it by Wednesday's season opener versus the Oilers. Once Boeser is healthy, he'll man the top line and power play alongside Elias Pettersson.
News: Edler scored a goal and collected three assists in Monday's win over the Senators.
Impact: The long-time Canuck blueliner showed that he's still very capable of running the power play, as that was the source of his three helpers. With Quinn Hughes and Tyler Myers now in the mix, there may be some concern that Edler will see fewer offensive opportunities. As long as he's on the top power-play unit, though, he should remain productive.
News: Pettersson scored two goals and a pair of assists in Monday's win against Ottawa.
Impact: All four of his points were generated on the power play. Yes it's just preseason, but the reigning Rookie of the Year will look to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump, and having success now will only help his confidence.
News: Boeser entered the concussion protocol after being hit from behind against Ottawa on Monday.
Impact: At this point, the team figures to take a cautious approach with Boeser and will almost certainly keep him out of the final two preseason games, instead focusing on being ready for Opening Night versus Edmonton on Oct. 2. The winger racked up 50-plus points in back-to-back seasons, but has also never reached the 70-game mark due to injuries. If the winger does miss any time, Tanner Pearson or J.T. Miller will likely get a crack at first-line minutes.
News: Ferland (illness) was back on the ice for Tuesday's practice session, Ben Kuzma of The Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Ferland figures to be a near lock for the Canucks' top line, in addition to the No. 1 power-play unit. Playing alongside youngster Elias Pettersson could set Ferland up to top the 50-point mark for the first time in his career. The 26-year-old should be a top-end fantasy option in nearly all formats even if he won't quite reach elite status.
News: Fantenberg is in the concussion protocol following the hit he took in Monday's preseason contest, Ben Kuzma of The Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Fantenberg will likely miss the Canucks final two preseason games Wednesday and Thursday given the quick turnaround. Given the difficult nature of diagnosing concussion, the team likely won't know his status for Opening Night versus Edmonton on Oct. 2 until closer to puck drop. Once cleared to play, the blueliner is far from a lock for the 23-man roster and could find himself headed down to the minors.
News: Ferland has been dealing with an illness and hasn't been able to skate the past three days, Jeff Paterson of TSN reports.
Impact: Consider the wing day-to-day for now, but the hope is that Ferland can lace up for Wednesday's preseason tilt with the Senators. Look for more updates to come over the next few days.
News: Fantenberg suffered an upper-body injury against the Senators and will not return.
Impact: Fantenberg signed a one-year deal with the Canucks after spending last season with the Kings and Flames. Look for more updates on his injury as the week progresses with their first regular-season matchup coming next Wednesday against the Oilers.
News: Markstrom will tend the home twine in Monday's preseason game versus the Senators.
Impact: Markstrom has been quite consistent through the last four seasons, posting at least a .910 but below a .915 save percentage in each campaign. He has a firm grasp on the starter's role heading into the season opener versus the Oilers on Oct. 2, so he'll look continue knocking off rust in exhibition contests.
News: The Canucks released Ferraro from his professional tryout agreement Saturday.
Impact: The veteran forward was always considered a longshot to land a spot on Vancouver's 23-man roster, so this news doesn't come as a surprise. Ferraro hasn't appeared in an NHL contest since 2017-18 and will likely have to settle for a two-way deal if he wants to remain in North America for the 2019-20 campaign.
News: The Canucks assigned Juolevi (knee) to AHL Utica on Saturday.
Impact: Juolevi appeared to be breaking out before a major knee injury derailed his 2018-19 campaign, racking up one goal and 13 points in 18 AHL appearances. The 21-year-old blueliner's demotion to the minors suggests he's now back to 100 percent. If he dominates early on, it won't be long before Juolevi earns a call-up to the big club.
News: Markstrom will guard the goal during Thursday's preseason matchup with the Oilers, Sportsnet 650's Brendan Batchelor reports.
Impact: It isn't clear how much of the game Markstrom will play, but Thursday's contest will nonetheless give him an opportunity to shake off some rust following a lengthy offseason. The 29-year-old Swede is firmly entrenched as Vancouver's No. 1 netminder heading into the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Juolevi (knee) is not expected to suit up in any preseason games for Vancouver and could miss the start of the 2019-20 campaign, Iain MacIntyre of reports.
Impact: Juolevi underwent surgery to repair his knee in December and is still working him way back. The blueliner figures to continue practicing with Vancouver during camp, but won't be up to game speed any time soon. Once given the all-clear the Finn will almost certainly start the year in the minors with AHL Utica and will need to prove he is at 100 percent in order to earn a call-up.
News: Demko will start between the pipes in Tuesday's home preseason matchup with the Oilers, Jon Abbott of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.
Impact: Demko played pretty well in limited action last season, posting a 4-3-1 record while registering a 2.81 GAA and .913 save percentage in nine appearances. The 23-year-old will step in as Jacob Markstrom's full-time backup for the 2019-20 campaign, and could take over as the Canucks' starter as soon as 2020-21, when Markstrom is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.
News: Virtanen scored two goals, including the overtime winner, in Monday's 3-2 win over the Flames.
Impact: The Canucks were heavily outshot in the contest, but they found some success against Flames goalie Cam Talbot. Virtanen's first goal came late in the third period, and he finished off a counterattack in overtime to complete the comeback. Virtanen produced career highs in goals (15) and points (25) last season, as well as adding 154 hits in 70 contests. The 23-year-old winger has occupied a bottom-six role throughout his career, but a positive showing in preseason could lead to a larger role to start the campaign.
News: Boeser signed a three-year contract worth $5.875 million annually with the Canucks on Monday.
Impact: Boeser had been missing from training camp while he settled his contract negotiations with the team so he should be ready to go now with the new deal. The 22-year-old notched 26 goals and 56 points in 69 games last season. Should he stay healthy, Boeser has a good shot at reaching the 60-point mark for the first time in his career.
News: Tanev (ankle) will play in Monday's preseason game versus the Flames.
Impact: Tanev has struggled with injuries lately, as he hasn't played in more than 55 games in any of the last three seasons. The 29-year-old blueliner will start this season healthy, but he lacks fantasy aptitude as he has never surpassed 20 points in a season. Tanev will likely land on the third pairing this year.
News: Brisebois (undisclosed) will play in Monday's preseason game versus the Flames.
Impact: The 22-year-old played in eight games for the Canucks down the stretch, but he failed to record a point and posted a minus-4 rating. Brisebois is paired up with Chris Tanev in this exhibition contest, showing the Canucks may be taking a good look at him to make the final roster. If he can't make the cut, however, Brisebois will play in AHL Utica again.
News: Motte (upper body) will play in Monday's preseason clash with Calgary, Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Motte missed the final six games of the 2018-19 campaign due to an upper-body issue, but appears ready to go. The natural center figures to compete for a bottom-six role in training camp, though he will almost certainly play on the wing given the club's depth down the middle. Even if he does earn a spot on the 23-man roster, the Michigan native could spend some time in the press box as a healthy scratch.
News: Bachman (Achilles) will be in the lineup against Calgary on Monday, Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Considering the Canucks and Flames are playing two split squad preseason games Monday, Bachman almost certainly was going to dress for one of them. The netminder will likely split duties with Jake Kielly, though fantasy owners shouldn't expect either goalie to make the 23-man roster for Opening Night versus Edmonton on Oct. 2, as Vancouver appears set with Jacob Markstrom and Thatcher Demko.
News: Tanev (ankle) participated in Saturday's practice.
Impact: Tanev was in a walking boot at the end of the 2018-19 season, but now he's back on the ice and looks ready for the regular season. He'll first look to suit up for Monday's preseason game versus the Flames. The 29-year-old has struggled with injuries often in his career, and he hasn't played more than 55 games in any of the last three seasons. As long as he's healthy, however, Tanev will likely play a defensive-minded role on the blue line.
News: Sutter (abdomen) is no longer on injured reserve and is cleared for training camp, the team announced Thursday.
Impact: An abdominal injury led to Sutter missing the final two months of the season last year. In total, the natural center played in just 26 games in 2018-19 due to injuries, which limited him to a mere six points. If the New York native can stay healthy, he should be capable of pushing for the 30-point mark again, though he may be limited to a bottom-six role with the emergence of Elias Pettersson.
News: Roussel (knee) is expected to start the year on injured reserve, the team announced Thursday.
Impact: Roussel suffered a knee injury in mid-March and it appears his problem will continue to linger into the new season. Despite playing in 65 games last year, the winger still managed to set a new career high in points (31) while primarily filling a bottom-six role. Once healthy, the French international should be capable of hitting the 25-point mark, as he has done five times in his career.
News: Boeser will not be in attendance as Vancouver kicks off training camp Thursday due to his contract dispute. General manager Jim Benning told reporters, "I'll talk to his agent again today and see if we can figure this out. It's important that he comes to camp."
Impact: Boeser has put up back-to-back 50-plus point campaigns and has steadily seen his ice tiem climb over the past three years. Barring a protracted absence, the winger should be capable of reaching that threshold again in 2019-20, especially playing alongside Calder Trophy winner Elias Pettersson on the Canucks top line.
News: Ferraro will attend the Canucks' training camp on a professional tryout agreement, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.
Impact: Ferraro hasn't appeared in an NHL contest since 2017, when he notched one goal in two games with Minnesota, so his odds of securing a spot on Vancouver's Opening Night roster should be considered slim at best.
News: Palmu will remain in Finland for the 2019-20 campaign, Thomas Drance of The Athletic Vancouver reports.
Impact: Even after signing his entry-level deal with Vancouver in May, there was almost zero chance Palmu was going to land a spot on the Canucks' 23-man roster. Rather than link up with AHL Utica, the winger will continuing playing for TPS Turku, for which he tallied four goals and 14 helpers in 29 contests last year. The 22-year-old will likely need another year or two to continue developing his game and probably shouldn't be stashed away in even deeper dynasty formats.
News: Goldobin signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Canucks on Wednesday.
Impact: Goldobin was pretty productive while skating in a middle-six role with the Canucks last campaign, notching seven goals and 27 points in 63 contests. The 23-year-old Russian will have a similar role with Vancouver in 2019-20, and could threaten the 35-point mark if he's able to play a full 82-game season.
News: Juolevi (knee) is expected to be a full participant at the Canucks' upcoming prospect training camp.
Impact: Juolevi has been skating since June, so this news doesn't exactly come as a surprise, but it's still nice to see that the youngster has presumably made a full recovery from the knee surgery he underwent in December. The fifth overall pick from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft will get a chance to compete for a spot on the big club's Opening Night roster during training camp, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him start the year with AHL Utica. The 21-year-old blueliner was highly impressive in limited action in the minors in 2018-19, racking up one goal and 13 points in 18 appearances.
News: Silovs signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Vancouver on Friday.
Impact: Silovs spent last season playing in Latvia, posting a 2.45 GAA and a .920 save percentage over seven games with HK Riga in addition to a 3.26 GAA and a .914 save percentage in 20 games with HS Riga. The 18-year-old represented Latvia in the World U-18 Championship last season and posted the tournament's fifth-best save percentage (.918). Silovs was selected by the Canucks in the sixth round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.