It’s no secret that the Vancouver Canucks have been starved for goals this season. The offensively anemic Canucks rank 25th out of 31 NHL teams in goals scored this season, and have only one true scoring threat in their lineup in Brock Boeser. Until his return this week, last year’s top scorer Bo Horvat has been sidelined for much of the season, while veterans Daniel and Henrik Sedin can really only be relied on for secondary offence at this point in their careers.
It’s true that the Canucks have some potential offensive dynamos in the system, namely prospects Elias Petterson and Jonathan Dahlen, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll even crack the team’s roster next season. Instead, Canucks GM Jim Benning seems to be looking overseas for a solution to his team’s goal scoring problems. At least, that’s according to a report from NEWS 1130 reporter and Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal:
Interesting. The 23-year-old Michael Lindqvist has reportedly been on several teams’ radar thanks in part to his breakout season in the Swedish Elite League. He has 20 goals and 34 points in 32 games with Farjestads. It remains to be seen how his game translates to the NHL however, as he has never played in North America before.
Remember the Anton Rodin experiment? Yeah… Linqvist could also go down that road. Going way back, there were rumours that the Canucks were going to land Fabian Brunnstrom when he was a hot free-agent commodity. He didn’t fare much better than Rodin at the NHL level.
Regardless of what happens between Lindqvist and the Canucks though, it’s clear that Benning has to upgrade his team’s offence if the team expects to take a step forward next season. Another season of declining Sedins play, combined with a lack of scoring depth could make for a disastrous 2018-19 Vancouver Canucks season.