Jacob Markstrom enters the 2017-18 season as Vancouver's starting goaltender following an offseason trade that saw veteran netminder Ryan Miller dealt to the Ducks. The 27-year-old Swede only has 109 career NHL games under his belt, but he was fairly solid in 26 appearances last season, posting a .910 save percentage. While Markstrom will likely be in Vancouver's crease Opening Night, free-agent acquisition Anders Nilsson is sure to challenge him for starts. After all, Markstrom's fellow Swede posted an excellent .923 save percentage in 26 games with Buffalo last season and will force the incumbent to be at his best. While Markstrom is coming off a good year, he's been inconsistent throughout his NHL career, so exhibit caution when drafting him in fantasy. He could flourish now that Miller has departed, but if he falters, Nilsson will be ready to take over.
Markstrom stopped all 19 shots -- including 12 on the penalty kill -- he faced Saturday against the Kings. Markstrom looked like the starter that Vancouver needs him to be after the offseason departure of Ryan Miller. Although it is just one preseason game, he outplayed his presumed backup, Anders Nilsson, who let up three goals on 13 shots. Tracking Markstrom's preseason would be wise, as he stands to see plenty of action on a rebuilding Canucks team, and he could be a late-round steal for your fantasy lineup.
Markstrom (knee) will share netminding duties with backup Anders Nilsson in Saturday's preseason contest. Markstrom was limited to just 26 outings last season after an incident during the team's skills competition resulted in a knee injury that required surgery. Ryan Miller has moved on to Anaheim, which leaves the 27-year-old Markstrom as the presumptive No. 1 -- although Nilsson could compete for the job if the Swede struggles early in the year.
Markstrom has resumed skating and announced that his knee is "healing up great." The Swedish backstop made an April 11 prediction that he'd be healthy in a month, and while it wasn't explicitly stated that he's fully recovered from surgery, his return to the ice this early in the offseason leads us to believe he'll be ready at the start of the 2017-18 campaign. Ryan Miller is a pending unrestricted free agent, whereas Markstrom is signed through the 2019-20 campaign and looking to secure a role as a full-fledged starter for the first time in his career.
Markstrom (knee) said he'll be healthy in a month, clearing the way for him to be ready to go at the start of the 2017-18 season. Markstrom missed the final 24 games of the season after injuring his knee in a skills competition, but with the entire offseason to rehab, there's no reason to think he won't be fully ready to go and compete for the starting job during the next campaign. The Swedish keeper posted mediocre numbers this season, showing a 10-11-3 record, .910 save percentage and 2.63 GAA while failing to record any shutouts.
Markstrom said that he will have surgery on his knee next week, meaning he is very likely out for the rest of the season. It's somewhat tragic that Markstrom's season will end as a result of a friendly skills competition, but sometimes that's just how it goes in sports. After a hot start to the season in which he won his first three starts with a combined five goals allowed, the 27-year-old keeper was unable to maintain that form -- he failed to win two consecutive games for the rest of the year. He'll rehab his injured knee and look to come back strong for the 2017-18 campaign.
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