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Canucks Player Power Rankings – December 12th, 2016

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The Vancouver Canucks are often a little weird, but they were especially weird this week. Led by a few unlikely heroes, the Canucks went 1-3-0. It’s not a strategy that will get them the results they want, but I guess it’s all that they could come up with.

1. Jack Skille:

Nobody expected this from Jack Skille. He scored not one, but three goals this week and they were all genuinely nice goals. The Jack Skille era has begun.

2. Jayson Megna:

Jayson Megna also had an unexpectedly eventful week. He apologized to the Sedins for calling them “sisters” on Twitter, he revealed that his name is spelled like that because he literally the son of a man named Jay, and he scored two goals in front of the aforementioned Jay and the rest of the Megna clan.

3. Thatcher Demko:

Thatcher Demko’s NHL career has thus far consisted of sitting on a bench, but he’s done this very well so far. Barely 21 years old, Demko is optimistic and full of life. For now.

4. Erik Gudbranson:

Erik Gudbranson got to see some old fans and friends this week and he scored his first goal as a Canuck. This is probably the second funniest goal scored by a Canuck this year (Loui’s own goal is still funnier).

5. Jacob Markstrom:

Despite suffering three losses this week, Jacob Markstrom had some nice moments. None of his saves were as great as his efforts to assist his unconscious teammate, Philip Larsen. Hockey players are often very silly in moments like this (exhibit A: all of the Canucks and Devils that rushed over Larsen to the scrum) so Markstrom deserves props for this.

6. Jannik Hansen:

This is one of those weeks where no longer having a broken rib gets you up into the top 6 on the power rankings.

7. Alex Biega:

Even though his role on the powerplay is questionable, I’m just happy for Alex Biega because he finally got to play hockey this week.

8. Troy Stecher:

The Canucks powerplay is a dark place these days, but Troy Stecher is a shining light.

9. Daniel Sedin:

Daniel Sedin is also a shining light, but we’ve known this for ages:

10. Henrik Sedin:

Henrik Sedin did not have his most productive week, but he did help out the medical staff who arrived to help Philip Larsen. A nice captain.

11. Ben Hutton:

The extra workload and some defensive issues are evident in Ben Hutton’s game, but he’s probably still having fun.

12. Bo Horvat:

Bo Horvat had no points this week, but that’s not totally his fault.

13. Markus Granlund:

Markus Granlund’s efforts to help Philip Larsen were less obvious than Jacob Markstrom’s, but they were still important. Nice job, Markus.

14. Alex Burrows:

Alex Burrows has cooled off lately but because of this, his ranking number is the same as jersey number!

15. Nikita Tryamkin:

Nikita Tryamkin continues to hold his own in this league and it is nice to see. Also, here he is hanging out with a towelled Alex Ovechkin post-game.

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16. Loui Eriksson:

Loui Eriksson saw a little bit of time with the Sedins this week, but then Jannik Hansen returned.

17. Brandon Sutter:

If there was one word to describe Willie’s deployment of Brandon Sutter so far this season it would be “perplexing”.

18. Luca Sbisa:

As expected, Luca Sbisa is not thriving as a top-4 defenseman. Here he is getting owned by Jagr.

19. Brendan Gaunce:

Brendan Gaunce is the only Canuck to make the team out of camp who has not scored yet. Also, the NHL could not find him a decent header photo:

20. Michael Chaput:

I don’t have much to say about Michael Chaput’s week, but he managed to escape being a healthy scratch at Sven Baertschi’s expense, so that’s nice for him.

21. Ryan Miller:

Ryan Miller played a wonderful game in Tampa Bay and then he got hurt because who needs good things?

22. Alex Edler and Chris Tanev:

These two are still missing from the blueline, but they’ve given us things to think about at least:

23. Sven Baertschi:

Sven Baertschi was a healthy scratch for Sunday afternoon’s game. Being a healthy scratch on this team is a huge embarrassment. Poor Sven.

24. Derek Dorsett and Philip Larsen:

Both of these guys are probably in a lot of pain right now and are probably having a worse week than most of us. We don’t have much of an update on Philip Larsen other than the fact that he’s out of hospital and concussed after last Tuesday’s scary moments. As for Derek Dorsett, he is smiling despite having surgery to deal with disc degeneration in his neck, which sounds absolutely brutal.

 

  • wojohowitz

    Contrary to media opinion I suspect Baertschi was not a healthy scratch. He might even need an additional x-ray looking for a crack.

    Tryamkin probably connects with every Russian in the league sooner or later with a dozen questions as part of his learning curve into North American hockey and culture like should he avoid or scoff down hot dogs in every city he visits or will he get arrested if he beats the crap out of an opponent.

    Both Stecher and Tryamkin look like they could use a week off.

    Biega can play two or three games in a row but then starts to wear down. Does Willie know that or will he play Biega until he implodes. He`s a perfect number seven defenceman.

    Break up the twins and make them use their linemates.

    Put Gaunce in front of the net on the PP. He might be the second coming of Tim Kerr.