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GamePlus - Dec 27, 2017

Three Canucks to watch

These Vancouver players are heating up the ice

Brock Boeser

An infusion of youth has led to some early season success for the Vancouver Canucks under first-year head coach Travis Green. These three players will be leading the way as the Canucks pursue the playoffs this season.

Brock Boeser Position: Right Wing

Boeser joined the Canucks last March after completing his sophomore season at the University of North Dakota, and made an immediate impact by scoring a goal in his first career NHL® game on March 25, 2017, in Minnesota. Boeser was named the league’s Rookie of the Month in November 2017, when he led all players with 11 goals in 15 games – including his first career hat trick on November 4, 2017, against Pittsburgh.

Jacob Markström Position: Goaltender

After serving as Ryan Miller’s backup for the last two seasons, the 6-foot-6 Markström has finally assumed the top job between the pipes for Vancouver. Originally selected by Florida in the second round (31st overall) of the 2008 Draft, Markström recently recorded his first career shutout with a 3-0 blanking of Carolina on December 5, 2017.

Derrick Pouliot Position: Defence

Pouliot was an under-the-radar acquisition at the start of the season, but he’s quickly emerged as an offensive threat on the Canucks blueline. The Saskatchewan native had 10 points in his first 25 games this season, and had already posted career highs in assists (8) and points. Pouliot was named the Canadian Hockey League’s Defenceman of the Year in 2014 following his last junior campaign with Portland.