Ramblings: Cutting Canucks This Week; Goaltending Turned Upside Down – Vasilevskiy, Markstrom, Nedeljkovic, Smith (Apr 15)

Ian Gooding

2022-04-15

In a head-to-head do-or-die week, scheduling matters. The Canucks are the one team without any remaining games this week, with every other team playing at least once on Saturday or Sunday. That means dropping players like Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Conor Garland, and even the injured Brock Boeser should be strongly considered.

You'll probably want to hang onto Thatcher Demko, J.T. Miller, Quinn Hughes, and red-hot Elias Pettersson if you can in case you need them next week, since the Canucks play four games. If it's a matter of survival, dropping those players isn't completely out of the question either, although you'll want to search for other more droppable candidates first. This is all written for non-keeper leagues, as keeper leagues deserve a more long-term strategy.

I was about to mention Bo Horvat among the Canucks to retain if possible because he's been on a tear recently (5 G in 5 GP entering Thursday). However, Horvat left Thursday's game with a possible foot injury after blocking a shot. Without completely knowing his status for next week, you might be best to cut him if you need a more immediate option. Some potentially good news surfaced following the game, though.

Vasily Podkolzin's stock is rising right now. The rookie scored a pair of goals with an assist on Thursday, giving him power-play goals in back-to-back games. The eye test shows a player who is much more involved in the play, and that's caught the attention of Bruce Boudreau, who has bumped up Podkolzin's icetime as a resul