Vancouver Canucks: Top 10 Rookie Seasons

Vancouver Canucks fans are spoiled with two outstanding rookie seasons, Quinn Hughes finishing second in the Calder Trophy race and Elias Pettersson taking home the award. Thanks to those two, it’s an appropriate time to look back at the Canucks’ 10 best rookie seasons since another player is involved in Calder talks for a third season in a row.

10. Dixon Ward 1992-93

A season after Bure’s rookie season, Dixon Ward had a pretty good season as a rookie. Ward is 10th in Canucks rookie scoring with 52 points in 70  games and his .74 points per games played is good for seventh, tying him with Trevor Linden. His 52-point season is impressive because he didn’t hit the 50-point mark again for the rest of his NHL career. He then added two more goals and five points in nine playoff matches. After 33 games played with the Canucks in the following season, he was traded by the Kings.

9. Rick Blight, 1975-1976

Rick Blight’s short NHL career was not a great start. Blight was the Canucks’ 10th overall pick in the 1975 NHL Draft. Blight had 26 goals and 56 points in 74 games. This puts him sixth in rookie scoring history for the Canucks. He was fifth in scoring for the Canucks during the 1975-76 season with 56 points. His two subsequent seasons saw him improve, finishing with 68 point in 1975-76. He was then second on the team and leading the team with 63 points (1977-78). Due to a knee injury, he was forced to retire after seven seasons.

8. Dale Tallon, 1970-71

Dale Tallon was the first draft pick in franchise history. The Canucks chose him as the second overall pick in the 1970 NHL Draft. He set a record in points for a rookie Canuck defenseman with 56 points ⁠— a record that stands today.

He placed fifth in Calder voting. He had 17 goals and 56 points in his 1975-76 season for the Chicago Blackhawks, which was a career high. He is now the GM for Florida Panthers

7. Dennis Ververgaert, 1973-74

Dennis Ververgaert was the third overall pick of the 1973 NHL draft. He began his career hot by setting the rookie scoring records with 57 goals in 78 games. Hlinka was the first to break that record. He led all rookies with 26 goals that season, and finished fourth in Calder voting. He finished second in points behind Andre Boudrias for the 1973-1974 Canucks team.

He scored 37 goals in his second season and had 71 points over 80 games. This would be his career-high. His numbers were around 40-50 for the rest of his career, and he struggled to realize his potential. He played in eight seasons of the NHL before retiring at 27,

6. Brock Boeser 2017, 2017-18

Brock Boeser topped all rookies with 29 goals, before sustaining an injury that ended the season. He was the first Canuck rookie to surpass the 20-goal mark after Daniel Sedin in 2000-01. In 2017-18, he was the first Canuck rookie to reach 20 goals. Boeser finished in close racesClayton Keller and Mathew Keller are teammates for the Calder. He ended the season with 55 points after 62 games. This was fifth in rookie scoring and second in points per game behind Barzal.

Brock Boeser Vancouver Canucks
Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks (Amy Irvin/ The Hockey Writers

Injuries have hurt Boeser’s production throughout his first three seasons and he is yet to play 70 games in an NHL season. Since his rookie season, his goal scoring has been somewhat sluggish. A combination of Boeser’s injuriesThis was made possible by the addition of offensive weapons.

5. Ivan Hlinka, 1981-82

Ivan Hlinka, 32, became the first Canuck rookie with 60 points. He also became the first Czech player to play in the Stanley Cup Final alongside teammate Jiri Bubla —they were the first Czech players to play in the NHL with the permission of Czech authorities. In 72 contests, Hlinka scored 23 goals as well as 37 assists. During the team’s Stanley Cup Final run, Hlinka had 2 goals and 8 points in 12 games. He improved his performance with 63 points in 65 matches during his second season. He returned to Europe after his second season to complete his career.

4. Trevor Linden, 1988-89

Trevor Linden’s legendary career with the Canucks His number 16 was the result. being retired. They chose him as the second-overall selection in the 1988 draft. He did not disappoint. He was the first Canuck rookie ever to score 30 goals. Bure set that record just a few seasons later.

Trevor Linden #16 of the Vancouver Canucks
MONTREAL 1990’s: Trevor Linden #16 of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the Montreal Canadiens in the 1990’s at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images

He scored 59 in 80 games, which was the fourth-highest total for rookies with Canucks. His 59 points were also second on the 1988-89 team. Calder voting was his second place finish, with Brian Leetch coming in second. At 21 he was elected captain, leading the team to victory in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993-1994. After the 2013-14 year, Linden was appointed presidentHockey operations.

3. Quinn Hughes 2019-20

Hughes’s rookie season was cut short due to the suspension of the NHL season. Hughes was a rookie The defenseman was well on his way to breaking a few Canucks defenseman records. Over 68 games, he scored 8 goals and added 45 assists to bring his total score up to 53 points.

Quinn Hughes Vancouver Canucks
Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers

He was on pace for finishing the season with 63 point in 81 games. His 63 points would put him behind only Pettersson’s 66 from his rookie season. That would also tie Doug Lidster’s team record from 1986-87 for most points by a defenseman in a single season. To make his rookie season more impressive, he’s the First Defender to cross the 50-point thresholdChristian Ehrhoff 2010-11

2. Pavel Bure 1991-92

Bure’s rookie season was the first of many impressive seasons for the Russian rocket. He won Gold for the Soviet Union at World JuniorsBefore joining the NHL, he competed in the World Championships. He tied Hlinka’s rookie point mark with 60 points. He had 34 goals in 65 games. This is the most by a rookie Canuck. He beat out Nick Lidstrom, Tony Amonte to become the Calder’s first rookie Canuck. He continued his stellar rookie season with 6 goals, 10 points and 13 playoff games.

Pavel Bure
Pavel Bure 1997. (Photo: Wikipedia.)

In his second season, he scored 60 goals and had 110 points in 83 matches. Bure, a long-time Canucks player, was inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame after his remarkable career. It took some luck and lots of research by Mike Penny, former chief scout, to make Bure one of the most important players in franchise history. They drafted him in round six of the 1989 NHL draft. He was feared by the teams.It would not be possible to bring the NHL over.

Pettersson’s rookie season saw him adding his name to the team’s record books. The Canucks were drafted The rookie with fifth-overall pick In the 2017 NHL Draft.

Pettersson won the Calder last season for the first time since Pavel Bure’s win in 1991-92. He defeated Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues goalie, and Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo Sabres rookie defenceman). He won the award with 28 goals, 38 assists, and 66 point. His 66 points ranked him among the most successful Canuck rookies. He surpassed Bure and Ivan Hlinka’s 60 points. In the rookie point race, he also led Brady Tkachuk 20 points. Pettersson recorded 27 goals and scored 66 points in 2019-20. This was in three less games.

Here are more impressive rookie seasons

The Canucks had some great rookie seasons, and the recent rebuild has generated buzz. Hughes was on pace for setting records in both team rookie defenseman (and team defenseman) points before the season ended. Vasili Pokolzin and Nils HollanderFans have many exciting rookie seasons in the pipeline, among other things.