The Canucks have been humming along nicely of late, stringing together a pair of rare home wins at Rogers Arena against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes. And they’ve been able to do that without Erik Gudbranson in their lineup.
Depending on who you talk to, that’s going to add some much-needed physicality, sandpaper and leadership to a lineup that’s short on all those elements or it’s going to cost a transitional defenceman with upside and a little something to offer offensively for little tangible game. I think everyone knows where I stand on this topic.
— J.D. Burke (@JDylanBurke) November 5, 2017
It doesn’t really matter what I think, right? I mean, that’s probably true, in some respects. For the purpose of CanucksArmy’s What Would You Do Wednesday, it’s absolutely a truism. So that’s why I’m asking you, the reader, what the Canucks should do with their defence corps when Gudbranson returns to full health?
Last week I asked: How do you think the Canucks should handle Nikolay Goldobin, whether that’s in the short or long-term of this season?
Gagner’s been a bit more visible lately – scratch Burmistrov, who has been invisible to the eye and on the scoresheet, move Gagner to centre between Vanek and Goldobin, and just give them insane offensive zone starts, since they’re all offensively gifted players who can’t play a lick of defence.
It might be a disaster, but it would be a heck of a fun disaster.
Gaunce takes Burmistrov’s spot centering Vanek and Gagner.
Goldy, Granlund and Virtanen could be a very strong line