The Canucks took care of business in their preseason home opener, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 on the back of a couple power play goals. The Oilers had their projected top line playing in this game along with a handful of other players who should be on their NHL roster come opening night. The Canucks, on the other hand, had a lineup that consisted mostly of roster hopefuls, AHL-ers and a couple guys on PTO. Here’s what I learned from the game.
- Connor McDavid was the best player on the ice by a mile but he had a few chances that were squandered by Milan Lucic missing the net or not handling his passes cleanly. Probably just rink rust or Lucic adjusting to the speed McDavid plays with. I’ll give it a few regular season games before I label it as a concern.
- Anton Rodin had a very good game for the Canucks. He finished off a great pass from Troy Stecher on the Canucks game-winning goal in the third period. Rodin was a draft pick of their’s in 2009 and has been playing in Sweden for the past three years, so he isn’t a prospect anymore but Vancouver needs all the help they can get up front.
- Griffin Reinhart was getting beaten to the outside by Vancouver’s depth players. The goal he scored was nice, but he looked slow when moving laterally and defending the blue line.
- If Emerson Etem ever improves at making plays in the offensive zone then he could be a hell of a player because he looked dangerous off the rush at times. A few plays died on his stick, though.
- Drake Caggiula made the most noise on the scoresheet and he along with Patrick Maroon did a lot of good things in the first period. Maroon surprised me a little with some of his passes but there’s always more open space in exhibition play.
all data is five-on-five unless noted otherwise.
Vancouver Pass Zones
Edmonton Pass Zones
Vancouver Zone Entry Defense
Edmonton Zone Entry Defense
Vancouver Zone Exits
Edmonton Zone Exits