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Looking at How Some Former Canucks Are Doing During the Playoffs

April 24, 2023, 6:27 PM ET [369 Comments]
Michael DeRosa
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The Vancouver Canucks' offseason is already here, as they of course failed to make the postseason. However, some former Canucks are playing for their current clubs right now, so let's take a look at how a few of the notable ones are doing.

Bo Horvat (New York Islanders): Former Canucks captain Bo Horvat just snuck into the playoffs with the New York Islanders, but if they do not pick things up immediately, they will be eliminated. At the time of this writing, the Islanders are down 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes. Horvat has been noticeably quiet in the series as well, as he has just one goal in four games. The Islanders will need him to step up if they want to have any chance of beating Carolina.

Jared McCann (Seattle Kraken): Jared McCann was a beast for the Seattle Kraken this season, scoring 40 goals and recording 70 points in 79 games. However, the Canucks' 2014 first-round pick has also struggled a bit offensively this postseason, as he has just one assist and a minus-1 rating in three games. The Kraken areca down 2-1 in the series, so they need a high-impact forward like McCann to get going against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.

Alex Edler (Los Angeles Kings): Longtime Canucks defenseman Alex Edler is hoping to go on one last postseason run with the Los Angeles Kings. The 37-year-old has appeared in four games with LA during their series against the Edmonton Oilers, where he has zero points and a minus-1 rating. Overall, the veteran has been fairly quiet, but there is still time for him to make an impact with the series tied 2-2.

Luke Schenn (Toronto Maple Leafs): Luke Schenn has been exactly what the Toronto Maple Leafs needed since his return to the club. Although he has zero points in three playoff games thus far, he has made a major difference with his immense physicality and steady defensive play. He's a player who I would have loved to see stay in Vancouver.

Tyler Motte (New York Rangers): Tyler Motte is back with the New York Rangers and has been a solid addition to their bottom six. He has been a bit quiet during the playoffs, however, as he has zero points and a minus-1 rating in three games. He also has 12 penalty minutes, so he has been playing with a bit of edge.

Nate Schmidt (Winnipeg Jets): Nate Schmidt was a Canuck for one season before being dealt to the Winnipeg Jets during the 2021 NHL Offseason. So far, he has made a difference offensively with the Jets during the playoffs, as he has two helpers in three games. We will need to wait and see if he can keep up this production as the Jets aim to get by the heavily-favored Vegas Golden Knights.

Some other former Canucks who are currently playing in the postseason include Jaroslav Halak (New York Rangers), Ben Hutton (Vegas Golden Knights), Zack MacEwen (Los Angeles Kings), and Curtis Lazar (New Jersey Devils).

Alas, we will need to wait and see if any of these former Canucks can win the Stanley Cup from here. What are your predictions for the playoffs? Let me know in the comments!
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