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Accomplishments and milestones reached by the Vancouver Canucks’ players this past season

The 50th and longest season in Canucks history will be one for the ages.

It started back on September 13th, 2019, in Victoria and ended in Edmonton the following September at the hands of the Vegas Golden Knights. The Canucks surprised many people, managing to force a game 7 in the second round, all the while, making fans believe in blue again.

The forwards

The biggest question leading into the season was who the Canucks would name as their next captain. Arguably the worst kept secret, and to no one’s surprise, Bo Horvat was named the 13th captain in the team’s history.

With the shortened schedule, Horvat still managed to have his highest points per game total with 0.77 while donning the “C” and leading his team to the postseason for the first time in five years.

But before all that went down, we had a trade to announce.

The Canucks traded their 2020 first-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for JT. Miller. A risky trade that has paid off admirably. Crushing his goal and assist tallies, Miller set new career highs this past season with 27 goals and 45 assists for 72 points, which led the team.

Tanner Pearson quietly set a new career-high in points with 45 while being on pace for 54 points and 25 goals while reaching the century mark in goals.

Shotgun Jake hit 18 goals and 18 assists, which are both career numbers, surpassing  his previous points total by 11.

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Elias Pettersson’s points per game increased while also adding 39 assists. His Corsi numbers shot up to 55.7%, an uptick on his rookie season 51.4%. When you take into account that Pettersson was facing tougher competition this season than in his rookie campaign, that higher Corsi number becomes even more impressive.

Pettersson also earned his second straight nod to the all-star game.

Adam Gaudette shot out of a cannon at training camp, grabbing one of the final roster spots. Gaudette set new highs in all departments; games; goals; assists; and of-course points; 59; 12; 21; and 33.

Defence

The longest-tenured Canuck, Alex Edler, hit a few milestones this past season. Becoming the eighth Swedish-born defenceman in league history to reach 400 points in his career. While assisting on Pearson’s 100th career goal, Edler became the franchise leader in assists, passing Dennis Kearns.

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The Dad of the team, Chris Tanev, didn’t set any new career highs. Instead, he matched his total from the 2014-15 season with 20 points. The most impressive achievement for the Wiley vet is that he did not miss a single game this season for the first time in his career. Yes, that’s right, not a single game.

The Calder trophy nominee had a historically significant year, the team’s best and electric flying defenceman Quinn Hughes was something this city desperately needed. Scoring his first NHL goal during the team’s home opener, he was selected to the all-star game by the fans (which he deserved regardless), setting a franchise record for assists by a rookie and power-play points, also adding rookie of the month honours for February.

Goalies

The team’s MVP, Jacob Markstrom, joined Pettersson and Hughes at the All-Star game for the first time in his career. Markstrom earned his 100th career victory in a career-high 49 saves against the LA Kings, which is the most by a Canucks goalie since Roberto Luongo in game five of the 2011 Western Conference Final against the Sharks. Later in the year, Markstrom stood tall and turned away 49 shots in a 3-0 win on Sedin night, giving him the record for most saves in a shutout.

It was a magical 50th season. From opening night to Sedin week, this was a season nobody will forget.

What’s in store for next season? Well, we won’t have to wait long to see as training camp is scheduled for late November- early December, but the excitement in the air has the city buzzing once again.