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2016–17 Vancouver Canucks season

The 2016–17 Vancouver Canucks season was the 47th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[2] For the third consecutive season, they opened the season with a match against the Calgary Flames.[3] The team finished with the lowest-scoring season in franchise history, scoring just 182 goals.[4] The day after the Canucks' season-ending game, head coach Willie Desjardins was fired, along with assistant coaches Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn.[5] The Canucks overall missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

2016–17 Vancouver Canucks
Division7th Pacific
Conference13th Western
2016–17 record30–43–9
Home record18–17–6
Road record12–26–3
Goals for182
Goals against243
Team information
General ManagerJim Benning
CoachWillie Desjardins
CaptainHenrik Sedin
Alternate captainsAlex Burrows (Oct.–Feb.)
Alexander Elder (Feb.–Apr.)
Bo Horvat (Feb.–Apr.)
Daniel Sedin
Brandon Sutter (Feb.–Apr.)
Christopher Tanev (Feb.–Apr.)
ArenaRogers Arena
Average attendance18,509 (97.9%)[1]
Minor league affiliate(s)Utica Comets (AHL)
Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Team leaders
GoalsBo Horvat (20)
AssistsHenrik Sedin (36)
PointsBo Horvat (52)
Penalty minutesNikita Tryamkin (64)
Plus/minusChristopher Tanev (+3)
WinsRyan Miller (18)
Goals against averageJacob Markstrom (2.63)

Off-seasonEdit

The Canucks made their first off-season move while the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs were still in action, sending centre Jared McCann and second and fourth round picks to the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenceman Erik Gudbranson and a fifth-round pick.[6] On June 27, two days after the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, the Canucks placed winger Chris Higgins on unconditional waivers and subsequently bought out the final year of his contract.[7]

Training campEdit

Vancouver's 2016 training camp was held in Whistler, British Columbia, on September 22–26, 2016.[8]

Regular seasonEdit

During the team bye week in February, many Canucks players experienced mumps symptoms, with some being diagnosed with the disease. Compounded with ongoing injuries to other players at the time, the Canucks played their following game with 11 regulars out of the lineup, where they lost to the San Jose Sharks 4–1.[9]

Preceding the 2017 NHL trade deadline, the Canucks traded long-time forward Alex Burrows to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for prospect Jonathan Dahlen on February 27, 2017.[10] The following night, they traded another long-time forward, Jannik Hansen, to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round pick at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.[11]

The Canucks finished their season with 69 points and had the second-best odds for the draft lottery of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Pacific Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Anaheim Ducks 82 46 23 13 43 223 200 +23 105
2 x – Edmonton Oilers 82 47 26 9 43 247 212 +35 103
3 x – San Jose Sharks 82 46 29 7 44 221 201 +20 99
4 x – Calgary Flames 82 45 33 4 41 226 221 +5 94
5 Los Angeles Kings 82 39 35 8 37 201 205 −4 86
6 Arizona Coyotes 82 30 42 10 24 197 260 −63 70
7 Vancouver Canucks 82 30 43 9 26 182 243 −61 69
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Conference standingsEdit

Top 3 (Central Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Chicago Blackhawks 82 50 23 9 46 244 213 +31 109
2 x – Minnesota Wild 82 49 25 8 46 266 208 +58 106
3 x – St. Louis Blues 82 46 29 7 44 235 218 +17 99
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.
Top 3 (Pacific Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Anaheim Ducks 82 46 23 13 43 223 200 +23 105
2 x – Edmonton Oilers 82 47 26 9 43 247 212 +35 103
3 x – San Jose Sharks 82 46 29 7 44 221 201 +20 99
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Western Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 PA x – Calgary Flames 82 45 33 4 41 226 221 +5 94
2 CE x – Nashville Predators 82 41 29 12 39 240 224 +16 94
3 CE Winnipeg Jets 82 40 35 7 37 249 256 −7 87
4 PA Los Angeles Kings 82 39 35 8 37 201 205 −4 86
5 CE Dallas Stars 82 34 37 11 33 223 262 −39 79
6 PA Arizona Coyotes 82 30 42 10 24 197 260 −63 70
7 PA Vancouver Canucks 82 30 43 9 26 182 243 −61 69
8 CE Colorado Avalanche 82 22 56 4 21 166 278 −112 48
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2016–17 game log

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Detailed recordsEdit

RosterEdit

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
32   Richard Bachman G L 29 2015 Salt Lake City, Utah
47   Sven Baertschi LW L 24 2015 Langenthal, Switzerland
55   Alex Biega D R 29 2013 Montreal, Quebec
6   Brock Boeser RW R 20 2015 Burnsville, Minnesota
24   Reid Boucher LW L 23 2017 Grand Ledge, Michigan
45   Michael Chaput C L 25 2016 Montreal, Quebec
26   Joseph Cramarossa C L 24 2017 Toronto, Ontario
15   Derek Dorsett RW R 30 2014 Kindersley, Saskatchewan
23   Alexander Edler (A) D L 30 2004 Östersund, Sweden
21   Loui Eriksson RW L 31 2016 Gothenburg, Sweden
50   Brendan Gaunce C L 23 2012 Sudbury, Ontario
60   Markus Granlund C L 23 2016 Oulu, Finland
82   Nikolay Goldobin RW L 21 2017 Moscow, Russia
44   Erik Gudbranson D R 25 2016 Orleans, Ontario
53   Bo Horvat (A) C L 22 2013 London, Ontario
27   Ben Hutton D L 23 2012 Prescott, Ontario
63   Philip Larsen D R 27 2016 Esbjerg, Denmark
25   Jacob Markstrom G L 27 2014 Gävle, Sweden
46   Jayson Megna C R 27 2016 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
30   Ryan Miller G L 36 2014 East Lansing, Michigan
13   Griffen Molino C L 23 2017 Trenton, Michigan
17   Anton Rodin LW R 26 2009 Stockholm, Sweden
5   Luca Sbisa D L 27 2014 Ozieri, Italy
22   Daniel Sedin (A) LW L 36 1999 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
33   Henrik Sedin (C) C L 36 1999 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
42   Drew Shore C R 26 2017 Denver, Colorado
9   Jack Skille RW R 29 2016 Madison, Wisconsin
51   Troy Stecher D R 23 2016 Richmond, British Columbia
20   Brandon Sutter (A) C R 28 2015 Huntington, New York
8   Christopher Tanev (A) D R 27 2010 East York, Ontario
88   Nikita Tryamkin D L 22 2014 Yekaterinburg, Russia

Player statisticsEdit

Final stats

SkatersEdit

GoaltendersEdit

Regular season[13]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Jacob Markstrom 26 23 1416:58 10 11 3 62 2.63 692 .910 0 0 0 2
Ryan Miller 54 54 3211:51 18 29 6 150 2.80 1737 .914 3 0 1 22
Richard Bachman 5 5 295:11 2 3 0 13 2.64 162 .920 0 0 0 0
Totals 82 4924:59 30 43 9 225 2.74 2,591 0.913 3 0 1 24

Acquired by Canucks mid-season. Stats reflect time with Canucks only.
Acquired by another team mid-season. Stats reflect time with Canucks only.


Awards and honoursEdit

AwardsEdit

MilestonesEdit