The NHL is heading into the off-season with one of its most exciting teams in its history.
But the Canucks are the reigning Stanley Cup champions and a team that’s been struggling for years has a lot of new and exciting faces to contend with.
Here’s a look at the top players on each team:1.
Henrik Sedin – Sedin is the Canucks top pick in last year’s draft, but he is still waiting for the puck to come.
In his first NHL season, the 26-year-old has been an All-Star, a Calder Trophy finalist and one of the league’s best goal scorers.
He was the Canucks first pick in the 2013 draft.2.
Brendan Gaunce – The 21-year old was a member of the Canucks last year and a healthy scratch for a couple games before returning.
He is a two-way defenseman who can play center or wing, and is projected to be a top-five pick in this year’s NHL draft.3.
Mark Fayne – The 22-year veteran was a healthy scratches for three games last season.
The Canucks will have the opportunity to use the third pick on him in the draft, and he should be one of their top defensive prospects.4.
Nicklas Jensen – The 30-year older veteran was scratched for a few games in his second season.
He’s expected to be the first pick of the 2017 draft and he is one of Canada’s best goaltenders.5.
Alex Edler – The 28-year olds former No. 1 pick played in all 82 games last year.
The former first overall pick is expected to fall to the third overall pick.6.
Derek Roy – The 29-yearold was a starter in his first season and is a lock to start for the Canucks this year.
He should be a candidate to get an opportunity with the Canucks at the NHL draft in February.7.
Daniel Sedin has been a steady presence in the Canucks lineup for the past three seasons.
He has had a knack for getting to the front of the net and he’ll have a chance to start with the team this season.8.
Mike Green – The 27-year year old is coming off an impressive season in which he led the NHL with 12 goals.
The 6-foot-2, 196-pound forward is coming in at the very top of his game.9.
Brenden Dillon – The 25-year -old is a former fifth overall pick and has been the Canucks best defensive defenseman.10.
Patrick Marleau – The 32-year Old was an All Star last year, and was named to the All-Rookie Team.
He could be a good fit for the Vancouver Canucks.11.
Nikita Tryamkin – The 35-year of 33-year.old has made the NHL in every season since the start of the 2014-15 season.
His play is still developing, but it looks like he’s going to be an impact player for the team.12.
Dylan Larkin – The 23-year is the only defenseman on the team who will be a restricted free agent this offseason.
He will be able to go anywhere he wants and is the top defenseman on a young team that could be very dangerous in the playoffs.13.
Michael Matheson – The 19-year vet has been solid in his two seasons with the Canes, but the Canucks won’t have the chance to sign him until next season.14.
Mikkel Boedker – The 26- of 30-goal scorer has been in the NHL since 2006 and is one the top scorers in the league.15.
Brett Ritchie – The 20-year player was a regular for the New York Rangers in 2015-16 and is expected at the draft this year, although he could end up at a team he has never played for before.16.
Dany Heatley – The 18-year was a first-round pick in 2013, and has shown he can be a shutdown defender.
He might be a better fit with the Vancouver Flames, who will likely use him as a fifth defensive defenseman or in a similar role.17.
Jordie Benn – The 6’4, 210-pound winger has been on a hot streak lately, and could be on the rise for a spot on a team looking to compete for the Stanley Cup in the near future.18.
Travis Hamonic – The 24-year from Winnipeg was a Calder finalist last season and had his best season with the Sedins.
He played a full season with them last year but was injured.19.
Torey Krug – The 16-year NHL veteran has been one of Vancouver’s top goal scoreers for the last two seasons.
The 30 year old could be looking for a bigger role with the new Canucks.20.
Marian Gaborik – The 15-year AHL veteran played