1974 to 1976 – Playoff-Bound for the First Time

1974-75

Coach: Phil Maloney
Captain: n/a
First Round Draft Pick: No pick (traded for Montreal’s 1st round pick in 1973 draft)
Leading Scorer: Andre Boudrias
Playoff Result: Lost in 2nd Round

Phil Maloney remained behind the bench and led the team to the playoffs for the first time. The Canucks won the Smythe division for the first time. Don Lever emerged as a front line player, scoring 38 goals. Gary Smith had an excellent year (appearing in 72 games) and was a Hart Trophy candidate. Andre Boudrias set a club record for assists in a season with 62, a record that stood until Henrik Sedin broke it in 2006-07. Finishing first in their division earned them a bye into the second round, which saw a matchup against the heavily favoured powerhouse Montreal Canadiens. They lost in 5 games.



1975-76

Coach: Phil Maloney
Captain: Andre Boudrias
First Round Draft Pick: Rick Blight
Leading Scorer: Dennis Ververgaert
Playoff Result: Lost in 1st Round

Once again benefiting from a weak division that included the Kansas City Scouts, the Canucks made the playoffs. They were beaten 2-0 in their best of 3 series with the New York Islanders in the first round.
Dennis Ververgaert has his best season, putting up 71 points and leading the team in scoring. Harold Snepsts played his first full season in the NHL.

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