January 09 2017 09:00AM
The Canucks continued to be hot this week, winning three of four games and looking decent while doing so. They scored dogs for children, found inner peace, and warmed a bench or two. Read on to see how the roster stacks up as they push for that elusive playoff spot.
1. Bo Horvat:
I think that any time a player wins a dog for a child, the player gets to be #1 on these Power Rankings. Horvat might be hotter than even the hottest hot dog these days. He's confident, he's a fan favourite, he's a dog person, he's inspiring fundraising opportunities, and he's holding on to his top spot for another week.
Watch this before Twitter flags it for R rated content. Horvat, your future captain. pic.twitter.com/JYAaRI5mp6— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) January 7, 2017
2. Sven Baertschi:
Sven Baertschi has redefined Svengeance. What used to be a word that described Sven scoring a goal against his former team, Svengeance is actually a lot deeper than just goals and points. True Svengeance is inner peace, understanding yourself, and trusting your talents.
3. Ryan Miller:
Ryan Miller won three games this week! And he did so in style.
4. Alex Edler:
The Canucks are 6-1-0 since Alex Edler’s return to the lineup because he is good and helps this team a lot. He is getting older and was probably very tired after back-to-back games with no Chris Tanev, but he doesn’t seem to care too much.
"Hey, Alex, you logged over 27mins of ice time tonight!"— katie (@itscasualday) January 8, 2017
Alex: it was ok pic.twitter.com/lOXIlPb6fM
5. Chris Tanev:
Chris Tanev is great and does so much for this team but the one thing I asked of him last week was to stop getting hurt and look what he went and did! He’s still in the top 5, though, because he’s that useful to this team.
#Canucks say Chris Tanev has an upper body injury and will not return.— Irfaan Gaffar (@sportsnetirf) January 7, 2017
6. Luca Sbisa:
Nobody is (or should be, anyway) suggesting that Luca Sbisa has turned into an all star defenceman, but he has put together a nice season under some difficult circumstances, what with injuries to the blueline and with the Canucks being objectively not a great hockey team. Sbisa has worked hard and done a nice job. Not the best player on the team, nor the best defenseman on the team, but perhaps an unsung hero? Jannik Hansen better watch out.
Sbisa lone #Canucks Dman to play every game this season— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) January 8, 2017
7. Loui Eriksson:
For the second time this season, Loui Eriksson scored a strange and unlikely goal when the Flames visited Rogers Arena. This time it worked out a little better for him.
Eriksson goal, 2-1 Canucks pic.twitter.com/4e750lmUwP— GIF Grand Maester (@myregularface) January 7, 2017
8. Markus Granlund:
This week, Markus Granlund scored two goals against his former flames, the Calgary Flames. This was the original definition of Svengeance, before Baertschi got all introspective.
9. Troy Stecher:
Top pairing defenceman Troy Stecher continues to shine. Also, he owns a weiner dog named Ziggy, who looks exhausted by all of the #HotdogHorvat hype.
10. Nikita Tryamkin:
Nikita had a nice week and put together an especially impressive performance in Calgary after he was injured early in the game but returned to help his blueline pals. Plus, here’s a somewhat mesmerizing gif of him pushing a fallen Brandon Sutter to the bench.
Every game Tryamkin does something that makes me love him even more. pic.twitter.com/k1PIr552cQ— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) January 7, 2017
11. Jacob Markstrom:
Markstrom played one game this week and it was a loss, but he’s still doing well.
Miller - 2.62GAA .915SV%— Satiar Shah (@SatiarShah) January 7, 2017
Markstrom - 2.62GAA .913SV%
Not sure you can say one has been better than the other. Should be alternating starts
12. Michael Chaput:
I couldn’t watch Friday night’s game, but apparently Michael Chaput scored! He did it! He finally scored a goal this year. I am so proud of him even though he still probably plays too much.
How do you do, Michael Chaput? 🚨 pic.twitter.com/8yV3DMmQ8G— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) January 7, 2017
13. Alex Biega:
I’m just proud of Alex Biega for playing a game in the NHL this week.
14. Alex Burrows:
Hey that’s also his jersey number! Burrows missed two games this week for two totally unrelated reasons. He gets points for being a nice teammate to Anton Rodin, who got a bit of ice time in his absence.
15. Brandon Sutter:
Brandon Sutter had the second coolest goal scored against the Arizona Coyotes this week. Nice job, Brandon.
Sutter penalty shot goal pic.twitter.com/VhU2UATKb5— GIF Grand Maester (@myregularface) January 5, 2017
16. Henrik Sedin:
The captain still hasn’t reached 1000 points and he doesn’t get to be #1 on the Power Rankings until he does that. Sorry Henrik.
17. Daniel Sedin:
Daniel Sedin had fewer goals than Michael Chaput this week. What a world we live in.
18. Ben Hutton:
Ben Hutton was a scratch on Saturday night due to a surprise upper body injury, which will hopefully be nothing serious because he needs to be around to take selfies with children.
19. Jack Skille:
The only memorable thing Jack Skille did this week was smile. Nice job, Jack.
Jack 😊😊 Skille 😊😊😊 pic.twitter.com/5NulCn6pIQ— Vanessa Jang (@vanessajang) January 3, 2017
20. Jayson Megna:
It’s not Jayson Megna’s fault that he played the majority of this week with the Sedins but he did that and I need it to stop.
if we want megna to stop being bad all we gotta do is bring signs— Schneider's Teeth (@SchneidersTeeth) January 7, 2017
the signs will eventually start getting more threatening. "megna if you don't score I'm gonna rob a gas station"— Schneider's Teeth (@SchneidersTeeth) January 7, 2017
21. Brendan Gaunce:
Brendan Gaunce still hasn’t scored a goal this season! Hopefully he scores a goal someday soon.
22. Reid Boucher:
Hopefully Reid Boucher plays for the Canucks this week and plays well because based on these tweets, I am worried about him. This account has since been suspended, so maybe it wasn’t him after all, but still.
I hope this is his real Twitter account because this is tragic :( pic.twitter.com/NKuQWN0Pvq— Gráinne (@wholegrainne) January 4, 2017
23. Derek Dorsett and Erik Gudbranson and Jannik Hansen and Philip Larsen:
None of these boys played this week because they are all injured.
24. Anton Rodin:
Maybe one day we will get to watch Anton Rodin play actual minutes in an NHL game but let’s not hold our breaths.
There hasn't been a player in the NHL this season to dress and not play. Rodin has 0:00 tonight.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 8, 2017