One by One Rating of Each Canucks Roster/Rookie/Callups

I’d just like to say thanks Juicelan for giving me this idea and that it was Juiceman’s idea first.

The Canucks right now have no offense. So, with that in mind I’m going to rate each of our guaranteed roster players up to this point. From this point on please do not read it if you are just going to point out all the flaws I may have made.

Right now the canucks look something sort of like this.

ex.Hansen, Raymond, Grabner

ex. Edler, Bourdon


So here’s my one by one rating of the Canucks Roster and Callups
starting with the first line. Keep in mind each of my rating are out of 10.

LW- D. Sedin-8.5- Daniel had another career last year with 36 goals and 48 points as well as a +19. He is part of the Canucks offense or what’s left of it and although he played tremendously well during the season one of his flaws showed during the postseason that he’s not yet at a stage where he can handle the oppositions top Dline at all costs. The other small flaw he has is he can’t produce without his brother.

C-H.Sedin-8.5-Like his brother Henrik also had another career year as well passin the record for more assists in a season with 71. He was also a big part of the Canucks offense but also had the same problem in the Postseason. The only other flaw is like the one mentioned above where he can’t play without his brother.

RW-T.Pyatt-7- Lots of people say Taylor Pyatt is just another cone for the twins to score with but at the price we got Pyatt for (4th round pick) I think he can come to be quite a steal. As well as the twins have career seasons so did Pyatt and it’s quite possible those numbers could just get better, but his big flaw is that he doesn’t use his size to his advantage. Standing tall at 6″4 and 237 pounds he could be an awesome forward if he used his size.

LW-M.Naslund-8- Although Naslund’s offense has slipped in the past couple years he is still a very important piece of our team. Last year he had 11 linemates. With that many linemates it’s tough to find chemistry. Also his plus minus stat improved this year with a +3 going from a -19 the year before that’s pretty good. One flaw he has to fix is to shoot more. Last year he was afraid to shoot and I think that if he keeps shooting something good will happen.

C-B.Morrison-7.5- Lots of people bash Morrison because of his 3.2 mill contract, but looking at all the contracts this year I’d say he’s of pretty decent value. Us fans probably bash him because of the same reason we bash Naslund. His offense slipped, but not just that his plus minus this year was the worst on our team. What people tend to forget is that he plays the PK, PP and obviously 5v5. A flaw he has in that I think in his mind he wants to keep this iron man streak going but who cares about that. He should rest himself if he’s sore so he can get better.

RW-R.Shannon-6.5- I didn’t really watch much of this kid last year but based on what many are saying he’s fast and can somewhat score. I put 6.5 though only because of his apparent weakness in height but hey if he scores goals then awesome.

LW-M.Cooke-7- Everyone keeps saying to sell Matt Cooke because of his 1.5 contract. This depends on the day. Cooke is a very streaky player playing some games with tons of grit and getting under the players skin. Other days he’s just skating around waiting for something to happen. I think that if Cooke played with some consistency we wouldn’t bash him as much.

C-R.Kesler-7- Based on him accepting last years offer sheet I don’t much of his loyalty to the team. Kesler was playing well last year until he suffered an injury that led to a hip surgery. If Kesler doesn’t get injured this year I think that he will play quite well and maybe get 30 points or so.

RW-J.Cowan-6.5- At the end of the season last year Career Cowan had quite a streak with 7 goals in 5 games. I see Cowan as mostly and agitator more than a scorer this season and he may pop in the odd one here and there.

LW-A.Burrows-5.5- There’s not much I can say about Burrows other than he’s a solid Pker who get’s unlucky. I think he hist something like 5 posts last year.

C-B.Ritchie-6- Don’t base him on his size. Ritchie is a feisty player who will do anything to stand up for a teammate. I see him being another agitator as well as an addition of toughness to the team.

RW-B.Isbister-5- He’s basically another Pyatt minus the average hands. I don’t how well he’ll do this year but maybe he will let go of his “untapped potential”.

Ex. RW-J.Hansen-6- He may get another callup based on his performance last year. I think he may become a good thrid liner with some offence. He’s pretty good defensively.

LW-M.Raymond-6.5- He may get a callup this year based on the all the high praise for him. If he fills out his frame a bit more I think he could see some time in the NHL. He’s also very fast and he has lots of potential.

RW-M.Grabner-6.5- Grabner is another player who may get a callup and he is also another player to look forward too. He just needs to gain a bit more and he could very well see time in the NHL this year and by next year maybe be a roster player. He’s a fast player and most of the time hardworking.


D-K.Bieksa-8.5- Bieksa resigned this year to a $3.75 mill cap hit. As soon as that happened some people began bashing him saying he’s not worth it but this year he’s playing for 550k. Bieksa is a valuable player to the team as well as being offensively and defensively sound he’s a tough player. If he can work on not making too mnay mistakes and continue his strong play this could look like another steal.

D-W.Mitchell-8- I put 8 only because he shows no offense but then again that’s not what we signed him for. Mitchell is great at shutting down the opposition’s top line and rarely takes a bad penalty.

D-S.Salo-7.5- You can’t question Salo as a good defenseman but he gets injured easily. His offense though is a value. Especially his canon shot.

D-M.Ohlund-8- Many people are saying to trade Ohlund but why? He’s great in his own end and produces pretty well and at 3.5 he’s a steal. His play may have flushed down the toilet a little but he’s still a strong Dman

D-L.Krajicek-7- He’s still young so you can’t really bash him hard. Last year we saw glimpses of his offensive potential and I think he will just keep getting better also with Miller by his side it allows him to do a little more offensive things.

D-A.Miller-6.5- Miller is a defensive rock in his own end and will prove to be quite valuable for the production and improvement of Krajicek and at 1.5 mill
he can be quite a good deal.

Ex. D-A.Edler-6- Last year Edler was called up and had a pretty good stint. Look for him to be our 7th dman this year.

D-L.Bourdon-6- Bourdon played 9 NHL games last year and was very quiet with a -1. He should be ready next year playing in the AHL though and may get a call up this year.


-10- There’s not much to say except for he’s the type of goalie all Canucks fans have been wanting for years and may be the one who leads us to Lord Stanley;

G-C.Sanford-7.5- I think he will be a worthy backup. Two years ago he was stellar against the Canucks and if he can play like that for 7 to 8 games he should be perfect as a backup.

There it is, my Opinion on the Vancouver Canucks roster one by one as well
as callups. Once again please don’t just read it to point out my flaws, and I hope you enjoyed the read.


20 Responses to One by One Rating of Each Canucks Roster/Rookie/Callups

  1. habswinthecup-again says:

    After last seasons play I would rank Naslund @ 7, and maybe give the Sedin’s each a 9 because they were the whole offense last year. Otherwise not bad.

  2. canucklehead_101 says:

    Jaffray, Moran & Balej will be call-ups

  3. woohoo19 says:

    Right. Sorry forgot to put them but I dont think Moran will.

  4. SensF4L says:

    As a sens fan, I don't see the canucks as much but I thing I know is Reberto. He is an ALL STAR goaltender, no DOUBT. build around him. I would Trade Naslaud or Morrison for a solid Defenceman. Could u imagine if Vancouver had Anaheim's D. Pronger Neidermyer etc in front of Lou. They need to build a team like NJ. Because with the sedin twins on front, they'll have enough offense to just score 2-3 goals a game, and they'll win.

  5. woohoo19 says:

    We may not have top Dmen like Anaheim but we are pretty good defensively. Our problem is offense and already we have trouble scoring two goals a game.


    Im not sure I completely understand your rating system.. are you saying that the Sedins are 8.5 out of 10 as a player in the NHL or a player on the Canucks?
    If it is player on the team they should be 9's… if its in the NHL… I don't think so… maybe 7's.

    I live in BC and though I am not a Canuck fan really I see every game, and what the canucks need is offense… although it isn't going to happen, and I am not looking forward to watching boring trap hockey…
    I do like how the Sedins cycle the puck, but I think teams are starting to figure them out, and when that happens the Nucks are in deep trouble… They need a serious threat to center the Naslund line, as I said with Ottawa, they should go after Forsberg… I think he an Naslund grew up and used to have baths together… he should be hanging out with Forsberg every day in Sweden swaying him to joining the Nuckleheads…

    Either way Luongo is one of the if not the best goalie in the league… Which means you will be in the playoffs… But without scoring you aren't playing for the cup..

  7. woohoo19 says:

    Well first off it's as a player on the team and if they're 9 so be it. Second, Forsberg really isn't the solution to our problems. The only way he'd be a good asset is if he didn't get injured so easily or often and I'm sure Mr.Nonis is waiting until more teams get closer to the cap which will call for desperation trades.

  8. sanj91 says:

    obviously you put a lot of work into this but all in all i think it is probably one of the most pointless posts on this site….its like posting a rating of all the habs players on a panthers site….

  9. wingsfan13 says:

    pyatt sucks, naslund and morrison are all done and blown out.

  10. canucklehead_101 says:

    Are you kidding me im for Abbotsford so you canot say that;)

  11. gambit101 says:

    i like this rating article its pretty good except that D Sedin got 84 points last year


    I don't see any teams making desperation trades of helpful 1st or 2nd liners… Which is what the Canucks need.. I tend to disagree with most people on here about Forsberg.. Yeah he is gonna get injured … and will probably only play 1/3 to half the regular season games… But the Canucks are going to be in the playoffs, which is where a warrior like Forsberg can make a huge difference..

    At least that is how I look at it.. Get him now, pay him a couple million plus major incentives, and you dont have to give up the farm for him at the deadline..

  13. woohoo19 says:

    oh right sorry messed that up. Meant to say 48 assists.

  14. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    Good article.

    Brandon Reid is also usually a call-up.

    As for Forsberg… I'd like to see him as a Canuck. He could re-energize Naslund(who I think will bounce back this year). And yeah, even if he is injured for a good part of the season, save him for the play-offs, and Vancouver might even make the Conference finals. I think he wants to return to one of his old teams, but Nashville doesn't want to add much salary(though that could change now that that local group looks like they're going to purchase the team), Colorado doesn't want to mess up chemistry, and Philadelphia doesn't have the cap room. He and Naslund are friends, and are together right now for the Icebreakers fund-raiser. Maybe Nazzy could be some persuading. Hey…if he can get Forsberg in the bath with him…..getting him to sign with Vancouver should be a snap.

    If not, I think Naslund should be re-united with the Sedins. Yeah they were useless together last year, but that was mostly Naslund, and he was useless almost everywhere. Try it out, if he does bounce back, then you have a great top line, in the regular season anyway(Can you really blame the Sedins for not scoring in the play-offs? No one on either team scored in the first round, and in the 2nd round, they were up against Niedermeyer, Pronger and Giguere and the Cup-champion Ducks.

  15. Rabid_Badger says:

    You're rating Ohlund higher than Salo?  Ohlund's +/- does not indicate he is strong in his own end.  He can be effective offensively if he has a good stay-at-homer like Mitchell playing with him.  Overall the 'Nucks have a pretty solid D…it's after you get past the 1st two offensive lines where the trouble starts.

    Morrison and Naslund are in their early and mid-30's respectively.  I'd hardly cal that washed up.  Both players are held to the standards of the points they produced while playing with scumbag Bertuzzi.  All three of those guys had career years together because of the chemistry of that line.  Morrison and Naslund are producing about where they were before the days of that line so I don't think you can attribute the decline of production to being "washed up". 

  16. canucksfansincebirth says:

    Just a heads up, Brandon Reid will not be a call up this year because he signed with the Dusseldorfer EG Metro Stars of the Deutsche Liga (Germany) unless this changed

  17. saw234 says:

    100% agree but mark my words Nazzy will bounce back next year.

  18. SuitcaseSmith says:

    Sorry Whoohoo but I agree with sanj91, pretty goofy post

  19. JoeCheesehead says:

    I know this is heresy, but I wouldn't give Roberto a 10. His puck handling skills are below average at best. That's worth a point, at least. 

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