The best odds for the Vancouver Canucks

NHL.com provides in-depth probability analysis for each of its 32 teams from August 8 to September. 8. Today, the Vancouver Canucks’ top five odds are, according to NHL.com.

1. Jonathan LikirimakiF

How it was obtained: He was selected with the number 15 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft

2021-22 season: Djurgardens (SHL): 26 GP, 7-2-9

The Canucks view Lekkerimaki as a top-level attacking talent but will have patience with the 18-year-old, who will play for the Swedish Hockey League’s Djurgardens for at least one more season. The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder split last season between Sweden’s Pro League and J20 league with Djurgardens, with 35 points (20 goals, 15 assists) in 26 junior-level games and nine points in the SHL. .

Lekkerimaki also led the 2022 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in scoring with 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in six matches to help Sweden win the title. After battling mononucleosis at the end of last season, he had three assists in seven games and watched his icy time slip at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships last month in Edmonton, but he is expected to play an even bigger role in the 2023 Championship.

“He’s got some breakout skills,” said former NHL striker and Swedish-born teammate Mikael Samuelsson, who joined the Canucks in May as a player development coach. “We want to make it stronger. Sometimes it takes three or four years to actually build their bodies, and some guys figure it out right away.”

Expected NHL arrival: 2024-25 season

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2. Jack RathboneDr

How it was obtained: He was selected with the 95th pick in the 2017 NHL Draft

2021-22 season: Vancouver (NHL): 9 GP, 0-0-0; Abbotsford (AHL): 39 GP, 10-30-40

The 5-10 and 177-pounder did not find scores in nine games with the Canucks last season, but he averaged more than a point per game in his first full season in the NHL despite losing time with injuries. The skillful 23-year-old signed a two-year contract on July 1, and should get a chance to show if his offensive skills can translate to an NHL level.

“We have high expectations for Jack,” said Ryan Johnson, who has worked in player development with the Canucks since 2013 before being promoted to assistant general manager in May. “We expect him to pay to be on our team.”

Expected NHL arrival: this chapter

3. Aidan McDonoughF

How it was obtained: Selected with No. 195 in the 2019 NHL Draft

2021-22 season: Northeastern University (NCAA): 38 GP, 25-14-39

Canucks pushed to sign the 22-year-old after he took a break last season, but the 6-3, 190-pounder player chose to return to Northeastern in his first season, meaning he could play the season and become an unrestricted free agent. On August 23, 2023.

But McDonough, who wanted his degree and another shot at winning the NCAA Championship, praised Vancouver for its patience, insisting he still hopes to play for the Canucks and alongside Rathbone, a childhood friend. Depending on how long Northeastern plays, that could happen late this season for McDonough, whose NHL shot seemed ready at development camp.

“We’ve got some guys who can shoot the disc,” Johnson said.

Expected NHL arrival: 2023-24

4. Elias PetersonDr

How it was obtained: He was selected with the 80th pick in the 2022 NHL Draft

2021-22 season: Örebro (Sweden U-20): 37 GP, 10-8-18; Orebro (SHL): 17 GP, 0-1-1

The “other” Elias Peterson is expected to play in the SHL this season at the age of 18, having secured his first promotion to the professional league in Sweden at the age of 17 last season. He credits this with poise, movement, and physical play of the 6-2, 185-pounder, and a good skater who stands out as a reliable defensive man.

“It’s hard to play against him,” Likirimaki said.

Expected NHL arrival: 2024-25

Video: VAN @ MIN: Pettersson scores in the second half

5. Linus Carlsonc

How it was obtained: Traded from San Jose to Jonathan Dahlen on February 25, 2019

2021-22 season: Skelleftea (SHL): 52 GP, 26-20-46

The 22-year-old surpassed Canucks player Elias Peterson’s SHL record last season, and Carlson (6-1, 178) is confident his style and scoring will translate into his first season in North America. He is expected to start with Abbotsford of the American Hockey League but after admiring his desire to get into tough areas to sign up for the development camp this summer, Carlson has positioned himself well for a potential call-up to Vancouver.

“I love his game,” Samuelson said. “I’ve loved him for three or four years. He’s strong at the puck, he’s smart, he’s cunning, and he stays in the play.”

Expected NHL arrival: this chapter