Canucks Player Power Rankings – December 5th, 2016


It’s December, which means the holidays are fast approaching and it’s the season of giving. This week, I’m extra generous with the Canucks, giving them props for trying their hardest, for not killing anyone, and for not being Tom Sestito.

1. Luca Sbisa: 

Luca Sbisa has had a nice start to the season and he deserves some love for it. Now, with no Chris Tanev and no Alex Edler, he will likely be in over his head and his decent play will likely suffer. So for today, Luca Sbisa is #1 on the Power Rankings because he’s done okay so far and he’s trying hard, and sometimes that’s what matters most.  

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2. Bo Horvat:

It’s hard to be totally negative about the Canucks future when Bo Horvat is out here being Bo Horvat.  

3. Sven Baertschi:

Sven Baertschi and his linemates heating up is great news for the Canucks and for everyone, especially if more photos like this will be taken:

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4. Ryan Miller:

After a disappointing game against Anaheim, Ryan Miller was phenomenal for the Canucks on Saturday night. He was the biggest reason why the team reached the shootout, something that Miller is pretty good at. 

5. Alex Burrows:

Alex Burrows is making life better for Bo and Bae and is moving up in the Canucks record books as he does so.

6. Daniel Sedin:

Daniel Sedin is used to getting his own revenge at this point, so last Saturday against Toronto, Daniel made sure to do so both on the scoresheet (with a slapshot, of all things) and off of it (with a relatively tame hit). 

7. Troy Stecher:

Ryan Miller came to Troy Stecher’s aid when the rookie was jumped by Matt Martin in Toronto last month. To return the favour in the much-hyped rematch, Stecher saved a last-second sure goal, securing Miller at least a point for his efforts against the Leafs. This kid is good. 

8. Henrik Sedin:

It was a 4-point week for the captain, who is casually moving higher and higher up the NHL’s coolest list. 

9. Ben Hutton:

Ben Hutton scored his first career PPG and played in his 100th career game this week. Go Ben!

10. Nikita Tryamkin:

After all the questions about his readiness, Nikita Tryamkin has been excellent for the Canucks since he started getting regular minutes. Also, Henrik Sedin watching the big Russian try to play hallway soccer is the best.

11. Markus Granlund: 

Markus Granlund scored the shootout winner on Saturday night. More importantly, he won the Granlund Bowl for the first time in his career. Hopefully he got some postgame smiles from his parents, who got to see both Markus and Mikael this week.

12. Loui Eriksson:

October Loui Eriksson seems to be a thing of the past, but the guy still can’t get significant time with his Swedish pals! It seems like something that might be worth another look or two:

13. Erik Gudbranson:

Erik Gudbranson isn’t good to his word, and for that we thank him. No one wanted him to actually kill Matt Martin, but their spirited scrap was one of those rare fights that didn’t feel totally stupid. Shoutout to Erik for not killing anyone, and shoutout to his dad for being my favourite hockey dad on Twitter. 

14. Brandon Sutter:

It’s not Brandon Sutter’s fault that he spends so much time with the Sedins, but boy is that combination something that needs to go. 

15. Jacob Markstrom:

Jacob Markstrom played 0 games this week. 

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16. Michael Chaput:

Michael Chaput’s legacy in Vancouver isn’t secured yet, but currently it looks like this:

17. Brendan Gaunce:

Brendan Gaunce – Corsi god? Maybe. 

18. Jayson Megna:

Jayson Megna had a brief stint with the Sedins this week, which most guys would excited about, but who knows with him. 

19. Jack Skille:

Jack Skille getting NHL minutes is a little odd, but Canucks fans had a season of Tom Sestito – so it could always be worse.

20. Philip Larsen:

Philip Larsen, like all of us, loves watching good hockey players play good hockey. He had the best view of Auston Matthews’ 11th career NHL goal. 

21. Joe Labate:

Joe Labate did not play this week, but he’s in the NHL so it can’t all be bad for him. 

22. Chris Tanev, Alex Edler, Derek Dorsett, and Jannik Hansen:

None of these guys are well enough to travel with the team, which means they don’t get to visit their old friends Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo, who seem like nice guys. Sad!

23. Alex Biega:

Alex Biega just can’t catch a break. As soon as he was finally about to get some playing time in Utica, he was been called back to Vancouver to sit in the pressbox and watch the big team.