Canucks Player Power Rankings – November 14th, 2016


The Canucks scored a whopping 11 goals this week and won two games! Do they look great? No. But they’re breaking slumps, making diving saves, and even scoring career-firsts! 

1. Troy Stecher:

These power rankings don’t have many rules, but one rule is that if you score your first NHL goal, you automatically get to be #1. Troy Stecher is making the most out of Chris Tanev’s absence and has been a bright spot for this relatively dismal team. The hometown kid made fellow British Columbian Jamie Benn look silly before he tied the game up, leading to an OT victory. The celly is pretty good too.

2. Henrik and Daniel Sedin:

Gone are the days where this happens every night, but gosh, are these two still good at hockey.

3. Bo Horvat:

When Bo Horvat scores at Rogers Arena, Young Jeezy’s Put On (For My City) plays and the title is just so fitting. Horvat scored a beautiful goal to get the Canucks on the board on Sunday and continues to make a case for himself as the team’s MVP.

4. Loui Eriksson:

On Tuesday, Loui Eriksson finally did it. He scored a goal as a Vancouver Canuck in the opposition’s net. Then on Sunday, he did it again. Have the floodgates opened? We’ll see.

5. Alex Burrows:

Years ago, it is said that a single Alex Burrows performance saved Alain Vigneault’s job. He may have done the same for Willie Desjardins this week, not once, but twice. Burrows had two goals in the Canucks victory on Broadway and played a huge role in Sunday’s comeback victory. Jobsaver sounds less cool than Dragonslayer, but it fits just as well. 

6. Markus Granlund:

Markus Granlund scored a sweet OT winner against Dallas and his celebration is very similar to what my dad does when he’s listening to Bruce Springsteen.



7. Jacob Markstrom:

It feels unfair having the goaltenders so far down this list when they’ve had to deal with a non-existent offence so many nights. Jacob Markstrom was stellar in Tuesday night’s slump-ending win over the Rangers. 

8. Ryan Miller:

Ryan Miller also got to be a part of a win this week, but the coolest moment of his week came in the dying seconds of a loss in Detroit. You know you’ve done something sick when accounts like @DrunkEichel, @BarSouthNCelly, and @Ginohard_ are reposting other people’s gifs of your play. 

9. Sven Baertschi:

Sven Baertschi was another forward who bumped the slump and scored a goal this week. More importantly, he’s got the most adorable admirer ever:



10. Brandon Sutter:

Brandon Sutter has been given ample opportunity to succeed this season, and it has not always worked. Sunday afternoon, it did!

11. Alex Edler:

Without his regular pal Chris Tanev, Alex Edler has been taking a break from his No Talking policy and encouraging his new friend Troy. 



12. Nikita Tryamkin:

Nikky T has continued to look like an NHL player this week. He has also entered into a friendship with Troy Stecher, which is great because he is tall and Stecher is small. 

13. Michael Chaput:

Michael Chaput got a point this week! I’m not sure anyone noticed, but it did happen.

14. Brendan Gaunce:

Brendan Gaunce continues to fly under the radar. He’s not the problem here, so I don’t know what else to say about him. Keep working hard, Brendan.

15. Luca Sbisa:

Luca Sbisa was Luca Sbisa this week. 

16. Ben Hutton:

Last year, Ben Hutton spent a lot of time with Chris Tanev and was carrying almost no expectations. This year, he’s spending almost all of his ice time with Erik Gudbranson, and fans are expecting good things from him. It hasn’t been an easy run for Hutton, but at least Sunday’s win gave him an opportunity to chirp his old roommate Devin Shore:

17. Derek Dorsett:

It’s not Derek Dorsett’s fault that he gets deployed the way he does. It does get pretty confusing, though. 

18. Erik Gudbranson:

It hasn’t been a banner week for Erik Gudbranson, defensively. Or offensively. But he did pay tribute to former Canuck Kevin Bieksa by pulling off Bieksa’s patented sliding defensive tactic. 

19. Jack Skille:

Jack Skille’s spot in the line-up continues to confuse me, but he also god his first point as a Canuck! So there’s that at least. 

20. Chris Tanev and Jannik Hansen:

These two are injured and missed. 

21. Alex Biega and Philip Larsen:

These two combined for one game this week and aren’t really missed. 

22. Jake Virtanen:

Jake Virtanen got demoted and then didn’t do a whole lot and then he got promoted and no one in the Canucks organization really seems to know where they want him. 

  • Killer Marmot

    Edler, Tanev, Hutton, Gudbranson, Stecher, Tryamkin…

    And Juolevi is knocking on the door. I can hear it all the way from Utica London.

    And never mind Sbisa, Larson, Biega, Pedan, and Subban.

    The Canucks have a mass of possibilities on defense, much of it improving as we speak. How are they going to sort that mess out?

  • Vanoxy

    2 issues with this week’s list…

    Miller should be higher. Between the diving save and jumping Martin when Stecher was about to get throttled, he deserves credit.

    And, Gudbranson may have attempted a Bieksa slide check, but he certainly didn’t pull it off as Hickey calmly side stepped him en route to setting up a goal.

    Good stuff as always Grainne.

  • EddyC

    Ok, D pairings Edler/Stecher Gubby/Tryamkin Hutton/Tanev
    Holy crap that could be good and you could play them even time. Tryamkin needs to shoot more, his pass is sometimes to hot to handle.

  • Rodeobill

    I remember laughing when I saw Tryam and Stech congratulate each other there. Looks kinda like a kid happy his dad is proud of him.

    Dorsett gets lots of flak, but he is a decent forechecker, will scrap his way to the net, is a competent passer, and brings the piss’n vinegar to whatever line he is on. Is he a second line guy? No. but is more useful than people give him credit for, also he doesn’t take many “bad” penalties.

    I live overseas and know and have seen for years the gap in communication between people and have learned to read peoples faces and expressions a lot. I am guessing Tryamkin is probably much smarter than people might think, and once the gap in communication is gone for him on the ice and with the coaching staff, I think we will see his development curve jump too.