28-Year-Old Goalie – Vancouver Canucks
Jacob Markstrom Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $11.01 million extension with the Canucks in July of 2016.
Markstrom stopped 16 of 19 shots in Thursday's overtime win over the Coyotes.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Markstrom saw his fair share of action in the Vancouver crease in 2015-16, appearing in 33 games and posting a 13-14-0 record with a .915 save percentage. The 26-year-old is still behind veteran goaltender Ryan Miller on the depth chart, but Markstrom is rising and could emerge as Vancouverís starting netminder in 2016-17. While he should post decent rate stats, the Canucks havenít improved much and will be in tough in a strong Pacific Division, so itís hard to see the Swede piling up a large number of wins. If Miller is moved at some point or struggles during the season, Markstrom could become an underrated fantasy steal.
With Eddie Lack having been shipped to Carolina over the summer, the 25-year-old Markstrom has inherited backup duties behind Ryan Miller in 2015-16. The 25-year-old former second-round pick is coming off a fantastic season with AHL Utica, as he posted a 22-7-2 record and .934 save percentage, helping the Comets reach the Calder Cup Finals. While he was one of the best goaltenders in the AHL last season, Markstrom has struggled in 50 career NHL appearances, posting a 13-28-5 record with an .896 save percentage and 3.19 GAA. The 6-foot-6 Swedish goaltender still has that highly valued combination of youth and size, though, and a full season in the NHL under Miller's tutelage could help him develop. Re-signed to a two-year deal during the offseason, Markstrom has the perfect opportunity to finally make a smooth transition into the NHL, as he won't face much pressure or a heavy workload.
Markstrom was one of the players dealt to the Canucks at the 2014 trade deadline in a blockbuster trade that sent veteran goalie Roberto Luongo back to the Panthers. He only played four games with the Canucks last season, posting a 1-2-0 record to go with a 3.00 GAA and .868 save percentage. The 24-year-old struggled on a weak Panthers team prior to the trade, posting a 1-6-3 record with a 3.52 GAA and .874 save percentage. Markstrom is a promising youngster, but really hasnít proven himself yet. The offseason turned sour for Markstrom when the Canucks signed Ryan Miller and he has reportedly requested a trade out of Vancouver. The request makes sense, considering he will likely be the third-string goalie in Vancouver behind Eddie Lack. Unless he gets traded, Markstrom wonít be very useful in fantasy hockey this upcoming campaign.
Markstrom is expected to begin the year backing up veteran Scott Clemmensen. Nothing will make the Panthers happier than if his play warrants the lion's share of the starting duties in 2013-14. He's their best bet at goalie for the future, but some progress will have to be made before they give the 22-year-old full responsibility over the netminding duties. His save percentage was just .901 last season to go along with a 3.22 GAA in 23 appearances. With the Panthers not expected to pile up the Ws this year, Markstrom isn't a very reliable choice for most fantasy teams.
Markstrom enters this season as Florida's goalie of the future, but is expected to start the 2012-2013 season in the AHL. The 6-foot-3 butterfly goalie has plenty of potential and could see himself with the big club sooner rather than later. In seven games played this past season, Markstrom was 2-4 with a 2.66 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. Markstrom is a top keeper option and a viable sleeper option should he play himself onto the roster with a strong showing in camp. Neither Scott Clemmensen or Jose Theodore have much upside remaining, making Markstrom the smart choice in keeper drafts.
Markstrom was Florida's second-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Even though he will likely wind up spending most of his time backstopping for the Rochester Americans (AHL) this season, it's worth keeping tabs on Markstrom, as he is widely considered the Panthers' goalie of the future. Last season, the tall netminder (he's 6-foot-3) won the Elitserien Rookie of the Year award as a member of Bryanas IF of the Swedish Elite League. Based on his three-year, entry-level contract with the Panthers in June of 2010, it has become evident that this butterfly-style goalie is vastly approaching the NHL stage.