Organizational Rankings 26. Vancouver Canucks

Hayden Soboleski

2024-04-12

26. Vancouver Canucks – Score: 64.4

Top 15 Prospects

Rank Player Position Score Fantrax Roster %
1. Jonathan Lekkerimaki RW 7.8 26%
2. Tom Willander D 6.7 22%
3. Aatu Raty C 6.0 19%
4. Arturs Silovs G 5.5 22%
5. Arshdeep Bains LW 5.0 5%
6. Elias Pettersson D 4.5 5%
7. Linus Karlsson C 4.4 4%
8. Aidan McDonough C 3.0 2%
9. Kirill Kudryavtsev D 3.0 1%
10. Nils Aman C 2.6 3%
11. Sawyer Mynio D 2.6 1%
12. Jett Woo D 2.3 3%
13. Vitali Kravtsov RW 2.3 6%
14. Danila Klimovich RW 2.1 6%
15. Akito Hirose D 1.6 3%

Individual Breakdown:

The Canuck prospect Fantrax ownership is extremely top-heavy on the chart above, which more or less matches the DobberProspect team’s scoring. There are no significantly over- or under-owned players, but it is interesting to see that Kravtsov and Klimovich seem to be the “hanging onto the hype” favorites as opposed to our higher-ranked names like Bains or Karlsson who are more likely to see NHL time. There is definite room for these 6% of owners to re-allocate these roster spots in their minors. 

Due to the upside associated with starting netminders, many teams’ top goalie prospect received a higher rating than Silovs’ 5.5 by our ranking team. I would associate this with the Canucks having a workhorse starter under contract for several years, however given Demko’s injury history it wouldn’t be a bad bet to stash Silovs despite his so-so score.

I mentioned the names Kravtsov and Klimovich above – the DobberProspects team ratings grid above is essentially a guide to “which writers have given up on which prospects”. These particular two went unranked by many writers, while others kept them on the list for their unlikely upside as more mature players. Raty is still highly appreciated across the board (with the exception of our fearless leader Dobber himself, who is never afraid to go against the grain and is not often wrong). Other names who haven’t impressed since being drafted have varying levels of faith from the team – McDonough ranges from a 2 to a 5, and Woo from unranked to a 4. Are you sentimental, or do you prefer shiny new toys? Personally I tend to hold on a little bit longer when players may bring faceoff or hit counting stats with them if they ever make it.

When I see grids like this and wide ranges of opinion (outside the top 3 prospects), my takeaway is that only the team’s staff know for certain what the plans are and it’s up to fantasy owners to watch the minors, training camp, and pre-season like hawks to see who has put in the effort to give themselves an edge. This list reflects the current state of affairs, but the depth names are all within reasonable range of each other to leapfrog up the pecking order. For example, it wouldn’t surprise me to see one of Bains, Karlsson, McDonough, or Aman (all rated between 2.5 and 5) get a 4th-line chance in 2024-25 and potentially contribute some multi-cat stats in deeper leagues, but it won’t be more than one so stay tuned come September. 

LATEST PROFILE UPDATES

Name Fantasy Upside NHL Certainty
Tristan Luneau 7.5 8.0
Zachary Nehring 4.5 5.0
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Antti Tuomisto 4.5 6.0
Aku Räty 5.8 5.0
Miko Matikka 6.5 6.5
Nathan Smith 6.2 6.0
Jan Jenik 7.2 6.5
Ilya Fedotov 6.0 3.0
Noel Nordh 6.5 7.0

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