Moments In Time: Canucks Busts
The Vancouver Canucks have had so many great players of the years that it’s tough to imagine any of them as busts.
However, a few Canucks have famously fallen way short of expectations.
Here are my top five busts in Canucks history.
1. Barry Pederson
Pederson wasn’t a total bust as an NHLer by any means. The first-rounder hit the 40-goal and 100-point marks twice as a Boston Bruin and even had 52 points in 34 career playoff games. But it’s what Vancouver gave for him that makes him the franchise’s greatest bust.
The Canucks traded Cam Neely and a first-rounder that became Glen Wesley for Pedersen. Neely posted six 30-goal season, including three 50-goal seasons, as a Bruin.
Pederson never topped 24 goals or 76 points as a Canuck.
2. Alek Stojanov
Relative to hype, Stojanov has to be the biggest draft bust in Canucks history. He was regarded as an intimidating physical presence who also had great hands, like Milan Lucic today or former Canucks star Todd Bertuzzi.
But he tallied just one point in 62 games as a Canuck before they shipped him to Pittsburgh. His highlight as a Canuck was an epic fight with Kelly Chase of the Whalers. Whoop Whoop!
The news wasn’t all bad; Markus Naslund came over in the deal.
3. Mark Messier
The Moose will never show up on any other bust list but he was supposed to lead Vancouver to glory.
Instead, he was a minus-37 over three forgettable, non-playoff seasons in the late 1990s with the Canucks.
4. Bryan Allen
Allen has been a reasonably serviceable NHL defenseman but the former fourth overall pick was supposed to be a horse on Vancouver’s blueline for years. It never happened; he scuffled through a few disappointing seasons before getting dealt to Florida in the Roberto Luongo deal.
5. Mats Sundin
Sundin, like Messier, had an amazing career, but I consider him a Canucks bust because he failed to deliver on the considerable expectations that accompanied him.
He was supposed to be the piece that put Vancouver over the top in 2009; he helped very little.
As always let me know what you think below! I’m eager to discuss my selections!