For the last 19 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 20th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.
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Gone – Juho Lammikko, Matthew Highmore, Nic Petan, Justin Bailey, Brad Hunt, Jaroslav Halak
Incoming – Ilya Mikheyev, Andrei Kuzmenko, Curtis Lazar, Dakota Joshua, Christian Wolanin, Wyatt Kalynuk, Collin Delia
Impact of Changes – With the first offseason under a new president (Jim Rutherford) and new GM (Patrik Allvin), the Canucks were expected to make major changes to the roster to begin cleaning up the salary cap mess left by the previous regime. However, not only has the roster been largely left intact so far, but the Canucks have also signed J.T. Miller to a seven-year, $56 million extension. Miller enters 2022-23 on the final season of a team-friendly $5.25 million cap hit. Even though the Canucks have missed the playoffs the past two seasons, new management seems to be confident enough to make another push with the existing core.
The signings of Kuzmenko and Mikheyev should help bolster what is shaping up to be a strong top-9 forward group. Kuzmenko was signed to a very team