Canucks Player Power Rankings – October 31st, 2016


Remember last week when the Canucks were fun and scored goals? Those were the days. They played three times this week and scored twice. It’s hard to separate the “meh” from the “ugh” and the “yikes” from the “yawn”, but at least Troy Stecher is around.

1. Troy Stecher:

Who else? Sure, the Canucks haven’t won a game with him in the line-up, but it’s only a matter of time. He might not be able to save the Canucks powerplay, solve their scoring woes, or erase their defensive issues, but he is trying his best and it is fun to watch. When you stifle a McDavid chance, you’re more than real good – you’re really good.

2. Bo Horvat:

Bo Horvat is one of the few guys on this team who consistently looks like he could make something happen when he is in the offensive zone. He is also taking his Next Canucks Captain campaign very seriously, speaking like a seasoned veteran instead of a 21-year-old kid. 

3. Jannik Hansen:

A week into the season and Jannik Hansen has already reclaimed his spot alongside the Sedins. This timely goal from Saturday night saved the Canucks from going seven straight periods without a goal. 

4. Jacob Markstrom:

As if playing goalie for a team that almost never scores wasn’t enough, Markstrom is being dragged into the physical part of the game, too. You gotta pity the guy. 

5. Ryan Miller:

Ryan Miller wasn’t at fault for the Canucks losses this week. He comes in after Markstrom because his Halloween costume appears to be “Ryan Miller wearing a hat”. 

About last night ?

A video posted by Noureen DeWulf (@noureendewulf) on

6. Sven Baertschi:

It has been a week of missed chances for Sven Baertschi, but he did get a point. He was also the subject of an almost punny tweet from @Canucks:

7. Alex Edler:

Usually Chris Tanev going down would mean a bad week for Alex Edler, but now he gets to play mentor to the greatest Canucks rookie defenseman since Ben Hutton. That’ll be something to tell his grandkids.



8. Markus Granlund:

This is the kind of week where a player can look just okay and land himself in the top-10. Keep doing your best, Markus. 

9. Brandon Sutter:

Like Granlund, Sutter was just okay. His second week was a lot less heroic and eventful than his first week. Sutter is one point away from 200 in his career, so hopefully some more time on the power play with Powerplay Superstar Troy Stecher will help him cash in. 

10. Ben Hutton:

Poor Ben Hutton was personally victimized by Connor McDavid this week. 

11. Erik Gudbranson:

Based on his After Hours interview with Scott Oake and Cassie Campbell, Erik Gudbranson is a really cool guy. Counterpoint – this tweet:

12. Chris Tanev:

Tanev didn’t play this week due to injury, but he gets points for the impressive reactionary kick he whipped out when Jacob Markstrom scared him. Look at him flail!



13. Henrik and Daniel Sedin: 

Even on a bad week, I can usually find something cool to share from these two. This week, the best I’ve got is Daniel Sedin appearing to summon the Sportsnet logo like it’s some kind of Pokemon. 

14. Jake Virtanen:

Jake Virtanen ruffled some feathers this week by speaking openly about his lack of ice time. Many think Virtanen is playing hurt despite his dismissal of the suggestion. This kid lives for drama. After two and a half relatively poor games with limited ice time, Virtanen set up what could have been a key goal for the Canucks. It’s a roller coaster with this kid, but at least he’s done something memorable this week.

15. Brendan Gaunce: 

This is the only notable moment from Brendan Gaunce’s week:

16. Alex Burrows, Derek Dorsett, etc:

Though the aforementioned Chris Tanev has been the biggest blow to the Canucks’ chances, the injury bug is hitting the forwards as well. Jayson Megna is also included in this group as far as I recall. 

17. Luca Sbisa:

This basically sums it up:

18. Philip Larsen:

See above. Also, this: 

19. Jack Skille:

It’s not so much that Skille has been bad, it’s that he hasn’t really been anything. 

20. Nikita Tryamkin:

The tall Russian hasn’t played a minute for the Canucks this season but his fitness and his willingness – or lack thereof – to play in the AHL are the talk of the town. To keep things dramatic, he’s also out here liking Instagram posts about teams beating the Canucks. 

21. Loui Eriksson:

Goalless on the season (unless we count the own-goal against Calgary) and demoted from the Sedin line, it’s hard to imagine a worse start to the season for Loui. The guy looks lost. 



  • Chris the Curmudgeon

    Bo Horvat is 16 months older than Jake Virtanen.

    I’ve thought Gaunce has looked pretty decent actually. In the limited ice time he’s played with a rotating cast of scrubs, he’s been really hard on the puck. Sure he’s not Corsi-ing all that well right now but I still think he’s held his own.

  • Eriksson played “real good” with the Sedins when he was on NHL ice in the World Cup of Hockey against other NHL players. Then he switches teams and starts to play “not real good” (along with the rest of the entire team). Eriksson doesn’t need a map, the Canucks need a real NHL coach.

  • Rodeobill

    If Stecher can stay up when Tanev is back, would he replace larsen on the Third pair?

    I guess he likes handling the puck, so Spisa wouldn’t have to, which is where Spisa gets into the most trouble.

    Or would they split Tanev and Edler up to Keep Stecher up on a first/second pairing, then who would Tanev play with – Larsen?

  • Rodeobill

    I also have liked Gaunce on the 4th. I even thought they have good chances here and there, but the line lacks someone to shoot the puck, missed out on Pirri during UFA season, he’s lighting it up this season.

  • bigdaddykane

    To quote Ricky Bobby: “if you ain’t first…..You’re last.” since there’s no way in hell we’ll finish first, might as well finish last. The stealth tank is on. I for one would like to finally see a first overall pick, not another 17th overall pick.