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CanucksArmy Top 25 of 2020: #2 — Canucks blackout four black aces as team finalizes its postseason roster

Welcome to the yearly wrap up of the top read articles over the last year!

The finalization of the return-to-play Vancouver Canucks roster had lots of eyeballs on it this year.

Faber wrote up the article breaking it down and it became the second most-read article on CanucksArmy this year.

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Canucks blackout four black aces as team finalizes its postseason roster

Here’s some of what he wrote:

The team travelled to Edmonton on Sunday morning. They were wearing team coloured golf shirts and dark pants, because everyone cares about what they are wearing for some reason.

There were a few surprises once we saw who the Canucks elected to cut.

Jim Benning’s favourite third round pick Guillaume Brisebois was left off the roster and it came as a bit of surprise as he appeared in eight games with the Canucks in the 2018-19 season.

The bigger shock for me was Ashton Sautner not making the team.

Sautner was one of the Utica Comets most used defenceman this season. Trent Cull played the wheels off of him and Sautner can also play the right side as a left-shot defenceman. Sautner has more NHL experience than all of the other black ace defenceman as he has played in 23 games over the past three seasons.

Jalen Chatfield and Olli Juolevi made the cut to be one of the top 10 defencemen. Neither of those two players have played in an NHL game.

Brogan Rafferty also made the cut and he has only participated in two games late in the 2018-19 season after he signed out of the NCAA. Rafferty was an AHL all-star and was second in defencemen scoring for the 2019-20 AHL season. It’s no surprise that he made the final cut but after a quiet camp, it did have me wondering if coach Green would have decided to go with the more veteran Sautner.

Mikey DiPietro and Kole Lind were the goaltender and forward that didn’t make the cut.

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