3. Can Jacob Markstrom bounce back?
Saying that it wasn’t a good season for Markstrom would be putting it lightly. Last season was his first full season starting in Vancouver, and he didn’t even finish above .500. He went 23-26-7 in 57 starts with a .912 save percentage. He’s a career .908 goaltender and his overall save percentage in Vancouver is .911 through three years. Those numbers aren’t exactly enough to that he bounces back this year when he’s been a career backup. What’s interesting is that at 5v5 last year, he was .924, which is above league average among goaltenders.
They’re going to have to have a better version of Markstrom or he could get replaced by backup Anders Nilsson. He started 24 games last year and was 7-14-4 with a .901 save percentage. No team is going to win any games when both of their goaltenders have those kinds of numbers. It was surprising to see Vancouver not go after a goaltender this summer as Markstrom just isn’t likely the answer as a long-term number one goaltender there. He’s still signed for one more year after this season before he hits free agency. If he has another bad year, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Canucks potentially dip their toes into the goaltender market if a team has a surplus of goaltending.