With Brock Boeser suffering a foot injury during the 6-1 rout at the hands of the Calgary Flames, the Canucks are likely done for this year.
The Canucks surprised many with their start to the season. With most hockey reporters picking Vancouver to be in the race for the worst overall record, they jumped out to a fast start riding the offense of their top line of Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, and Boeser as well as outstanding goaltending from both Anders Nillson and Jakub Markstrom.
Now, with both Nillson and Markstrom coming back to their career averages, and the loss to injuries of their entire first line as well as their best defenseman in Chris Tanev it is safe to assume that the Canucks will begin their descent to the bottom that had been previously predicted.
In many ways this is the best possible turn of events for the long term health of the Canucks organization. As everyone who is not an owner or employee of the organization knows, this is still a team that should be playing for a high draft pick this year.
While they do have some very good young pieces that will be fundamentals for years to come, they still lack an elite defense prospect. This is with all due respect to Olli Juolevi who projects to be a very good 2 way top 4 defenseman.
As long as their GM Jim Benning does the smart thing and becomes a seller at the deadline instead of going out and spending valuable draft picks to try to squeak into the playoffs this year, the Canucks will have a much brighter future going forward.