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Vancouver Canucks fantasy outlook

Sedins should continue to thrive; defenseman Philip Larsen could make impact

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

As part of's 30 in 30 series, our fantasy hockey staff is breaking down each team's fantasy landscape. From most valuable assets to underrated options, impact prospects and more, this guide should help fantasy owners prioritize players for drafts.

Starting at the top: Daniel Sedin, LW, and Henrik Sedin, C

The Sedins have been two of the most consistent scorers in the NHL for the past decade. Selected with back-to-back picks in the 1999 NHL Draft (Daniel No. 2, Henrik No. 3), they have finished first or second in scoring on the Canucks each year since the 2006-07 season, and the 35-year-old forwards show no signs of slowing down. Henrik has 970 points in 1,166 games and Daniel has 942 points in 1,143 games. They've each managed to stay healthy in their 15-year careers; Henrik has missed 30 games and played in every game in a season 11 times, Daniel has missed 53 games and played in every game in a season seven times. Daniel had 28 goals and 61 points and Henrik had 11 goals and 55 points last season, and the addition of forward and Swedish countryman Loui Eriksson (signed as a free agent) should help the Sedins thrive again.

Undervalued: Sven Baertschi, LW

Baertschi finished fifth on the Canucks last season with 15 goals and 13 assists in 69 games. Vancouver scored 186 goals (29th in the League) and were shut out eight times, including in three straight games, and Baertschi could help change that. The left wing finally played regular minutes after limited time in the NHL following four seasons in the Western Hockey League and American Hockey League.

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Overvalued: Ryan Miller, G

Miller has fallen far from the player who won the Vezina Trophy in 2009-10 and was most valuable player of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The 36-year-old won at least 30 games in seven straight seasons from 2005-12 but has been a shell of his former self ever since. Miller was 29-15-1 in 2014-15, his first season with the Canucks, but had a 2.53 GAA and .911 save percentage. He is an injury risk, having missed seven weeks with a knee injury two seasons ago. That, combined with the fact the Canucks ranked 23rd in the League in goals against (2.91 per game) and were second-to-last in scoring (2.27), makes it difficult to justify drafting Miller.

Sleeper: Philip Larsen, D

Larsen last played in the NHL in 2013-14 with the Edmonton Oilers and had three goals and nine assists in 30 games. He has eight goals and 23 assists in 125 games over five NHL seasons. The 26-year-old spent the past two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League but will be a top-six defenseman with the Canucks and is like to quarterback their first power-play unit. General manager Jim Benning told the Canucks website that Larsen is "a skilled, right-shot defenseman who can anchor a power play," and they have high hopes for him. Larsen has 10 NHL power-play points but should eclipse that total and help the Canucks improve on a man-advantage that ranked 27th in the League (15.8 percent).

Bounce-back: Brandon Sutter, C

After increasing his point total for three straight seasons (19 in 2012-13, 26 in 2013-14, 33 in 2014-15), Sutter had nine points in 20 games last season. He missed time because of sports hernia surgery and a broken jaw, but he shouldn't be forgotten. The center had 21 goals with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014-15 and plays in all situations. Despite limited game action, he had a power-play goal, a shorthanded goal and two game-winning goals. Sutter has 194 NHL points, with 31 on the power play and 12 shorthanded. Even though Sutter is expected to center the third line with forwards Emerson Etem and Jannik Hansen, he could prove valuable if he can remain healthy.

Impact prospect: Nikita Tryamkin, D

Tryamkin had a goal and an assist with 10 penalty minutes in 13 games with the Canucks last season after he was signed in March. The 21-year-old is unusually large for a defenseman (6-foot-7, 228 pounds) and has good speed for his size. With defensemen Dan Hamhuis (Dallas Stars) and Yannik Weber (Nashville Predators) leaving, Tryamkin will have a good shot at making the opening night roster if he plays well enough in training camp and during preseason. He's not worth drafting but is definitely worth keeping an eye on in the early weeks.

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Goalie outlook

Miller made 51 starts last season but had 17 wins; he had 29 wins in 45 games in 2014-15. The Canucks ranked 23rd in goals against (239) last season after ranking 19th in 2014-15 (220). Vancouver was shut out a lot and lacked offense, but Miller had a 2.70 GAA, .916 save percentage and one shutout. The 13-year veteran is entering the final year of his contract, and Jacob Markstrom, 26, recently signed a three-year contract extension (through the 2019-20 season). Markstrom was 13-14-4 in 30 starts and had almost identical numbers to Miller (2.73 GAA, .915 save percentage). Miller finished 58th among goalies in Yahoo's performance-based rankings, and Markstrom was 59th. If you draft one of them, Markstrom has the higher upside.

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