NHL: Three Sleeper Picks To Win The Stanley Cup In 2022

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11). Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11). Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Brock Boeser #6, Vancouver Canucks
Brock Boeser #6, Vancouver Canucks (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks did not have a good 2021-22 season start. Despite having all the talent needed to win games, something refused to click for the squad. However, Travis Green was relieved of his head coaching position on Dec. 6, 2021. When Bruce Boudreau took over, things began to turn around.

The Canucks have entirely revamped their season. What was once a dumpster fire has become a contained, tiny garbage can fire. Getting off to the rough start has made playoff hopes less plausible than other teams, but they have done a great job keeping their heads held high and continuing the battle. If the St. Louis Blues can win the cup after a lousy start, anyone can.

Thatcher Demko has been the rock that stabilizes the Canucks this season. He has been phenomenal between the pipes, even when the rest of the team struggled to perform. As a result, goaltending is far from an issue with the Canucks.

Oddly enough, the star players on the Canucks have been silent this season. Elias Pettersson and Bo Horvat have been well below a point-per-game. Yet, oddly enough, J.T. Miller has been the leading point producer on the team.

Defensively, the scoring race is led by Quinn Hughes. Unfortunately, he is the only defenseman producing this season at a consistent rate. However, if the Canucks can find more support from all around the board, there is a decent chance that they could make the playoffs and have a decent showing.