A potential realignment of the National Hockey League’s divisions would see the Vancouver Canucks playing in a star-studded Canadian division.
The potential divisional re-do would see the Canucks squaring up with the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) November 19, 2020
It would surely fire up some local rivalries not only with local teams what has been the Pacific division with the Oilers and Flames. But it might see some heat grow between the Canucks and some other teams in the great white north, too.
Think about it.
The Canucks are one of the top young, up and coming teams not only in the league, but especially so in north of the border. Players like Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes, Thatcher Demko and others are either the current, or upcoming faces of the team. Long story short, they’ve got a young core.
And across Canada, nearly every team has a similar upcoming youth movement. The Oilers have guys like Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ethan Bear. Calgary has younger guys like Matthew Tkachuk, Dillon Dube and Noah Hanifin. Winnipeg has Cole Perfetti, Patrick Laine, Kyle Connor and Josh Morissey. Toronto has Auston Matthew, Mitch Marner, and Morgan Rielly. Ottawa has Brady Tkachuk, Thomas Chabot and a plethora of top young prospects drafted this year, while Montreal has Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kokananiemi, and Jonathan Drouin.
This mix of young stars will set the stage for some highly competitive games and some wild story lies. I’m all for seeing the young stars in action, so the suggested Canadian division could be a ton of fun.
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