Canucks Player Power Rankings – Oct. 19th, 2015

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Happy October 19th, Canucks fans! Wondering who will come out on top today? Read on to find out: 

1. Matt Bartkowski:

Matt Bartkowski is the latest Canuck to leap up to top spot after scoring his first ever NHL regular sesaon goal! It took him 136 games to score this one, so it’s pretty special and it earns him top spot this week. Plus his name totally sounds like Mike Wazowski.

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2. Brandon Sutter:

Brandon Sutter had a fun week. His 5 points are good for the team lead and he scored his 100th career goal. Nice job, Brandon. 

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3. Ryan Miller:

Ryan Miller has no option but to be decent and he has definitely delivered. Miller lands at #3, despite suffering setbacks such as a first ever career loss to the Edmonton Oilers and getting absolutely shafted by his teammates after a shutout:

4. Chris Tanev:

After another week of doing what he does best (defence, defence, defence), Chris Tanev sneaks in just above the slew of Scandinavians. Tanev also hinted that his personalized goal song is a bit of an inside joke. The only option here is Greased Lightning. His hair demands a song from the Grease soundtrack and, like Tanev’s shot, lightning doesn’t tend to strike twice. 

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5. Daniel Sedin:

Daniel Sedin gets the edge over Henrik this week not for his goal against St Louis but for his unbelievable whiff against Edmonton. Facing 4 first overall draft picks, Daniel decided to channel the only guy drafted ahead of him in 1999, Patrik Stefan. I’m not sure the Sedins know how to do anything unspectacularly. 

6. Henrik Sedin:

Henrik Sedin is having the same start that he had in his rookie season. This means that he has been re-set and will win the Art Ross again in 2025. 

7. Alex Edler:

Edler was truly dominant against LA and he and Tanev’s dominance should warm the hearts of even the drop pass-hating fans. 

8. Jannik Hansen:

Hansen (who had better be using Mmmbop as his goal song) is tied for second on the team in points and leads the team in being the subject of tweets about failed breakaway attempts. 

9. Ben Hutton:

Through 6 games, Hutton has put up 3 assists and has given Canucks fans countless reasons to get excited: 

10. Alex Burrows:

Alex Burrows scored his first shootout goal of the season and put up two assists this week, but the big story is his desperate attempt to avoid a shoot-in and people actually got mad about it. Seriously.

11. Jared McCann: 

Though he was banged up enough after facing the Blues to miss Sunday’s game, McCann’s goal was pretty, pretty cool:

12. Jake Virtanen:

#DirtyVirty is the new #DoubleDion. The super effective hit was totally clean, but Virty rhymes with dirty so go with it.  

13. Bo Horvat:

Bo Horvat is still adjusting to his role as second line centre but he has fully adjusted to his role as hashtag creator. 

14. Radim Vrbata:

Vrbata has been playing well but he’s obviously cursed. He scored that shootout goal in Anaheim, but seriously, he’s cursed. 

15. Adam Cracknell:

If these power rankings were based on dancing ability, he’d be #1.

16. Dan Hamhuis:

Kevin Bieksa may be gone, but he continues to make an impact in the Canucks’ dressing room – Dan “The Saddest Looking Man in the World” Hamhuis actually smiled when discussing his former teammate this week. 

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17. Sven Baertschi:

It wasn’t a great week for Sven Baertschi, who was scratched after Monday night’s game against LA. He did return to get an assist against the Oilers. #Svengeance?

18. Brandon Prust:

Prust has more points than Henrik Sedin, Sidney Crosby, Corey Perry, and Anze Kopitar so complaining about the excessive fighting feels unnecessary. But the fighting is also unnecessary so we’re even, Brandon. 

19. Derek Dorsett:

Dorsett’s strangely graceful takedown of Lauri Korpikoski is a little more pre-wrestling than pro-hockey but it was still cool.

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20. Richard Bachman:

Goalie goals never happen, but Richard Bachman absolutely has to score this season. 

21. Jacob Markstrom and Chris Higgins:

These two are still hurting without any clear timelines for return.  

22. Yannick Weber:

Free him.