WDYTT: Which Vancouver Canuck has most exceeded your expectations so far?

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Stephan Roget
1 year ago
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Shtick aside, there’s not much more we can add to this topic. The Canucks, as a whole, started the season as universal disappointments, but that’s all in the past now, and the Boudreau/Rutherford Era has blown even the highest hopes out of the water. But we’re not here to talk about off-ice personnel. We’re here to talk about the players themselves.
Everybody came into the 2021/22 season with a different set of expectations for each and every Vancouver player. Some have underdelivered, some have overdelivered, and some have merely delivered. And of the overdeliverers, who has overdelivered the most?
This week, we’re asking:

Which Canucks player has most exceeded your expectations so far?

Let it be known in the comment section.
Last week, we asked:

Who is your halfway-point MVP for the Vancouver Canucks in 2021/22?

Your MVP candidates are listed below!
Demko or Miller.
I say Thatcher Demko.
Demko easy!
Thatcher Demko. JT Miller close second. Honourable mention: Conor Garland.
Demko. Not only our MVP, but on Top-20 List for League MVP.
Beer Can Boyd:
1) Demko 2) Miller 3) Hughes. A different question would be “Which player has most exceeded expectations?” I’d go with Luke Schenn.
All Miller all the time.
Bing Qiu:
Francesco Aquilini. He paid up for the Benning Era mistakes. Buyouts for Virtanen and Holtby. Brought in Boudreau and Rutherford. Without him where would we be?
Demko / Miller / Garland
Fan From Afar:
Bruce Boudreau and it’s not even close.
Demko is the obvious choice as MVP and I don’t think it’s particularly close.
(Winner of the author’s weekly award for eloquence)
Miller is the leading Canuck scorer at a point-a-game, a leader and emotional engine on the team, and the go-to guy for the important shootout or overtime goal…and Demko is still the Canucks MVP to this point.
Even with all that Miller brings, its been Demko’s consistently brilliant play that has kept the Canucks in the playoff race. Canucks have won some games where Miller has just been ‘OK.’ I don’t think they’ve won any where Demko was just OK.
Most valuable player? Demko without a doubt, as he has almost single-handedly kept their season alive (if barely by a thread).
Most valuable person? Jim Rutherford, for agreeing to sign onto an attempt to right the ship and give the whole organization (not to mention fans) a sense of purpose and direction.
A River Named Curt:
A case can be made for Miller, as he’s 18th in the league in scoring, but in terms of GAR, it’s Demko by a country mile.
Holly Wood:
It’s been a two-horse race, and I say Demko by a neck over Miller.
Craig Gowan:
I generally agree with most of the comments here. Three players have been outstanding for the Canucks this year: Miller, Hughes, and Demko. I think the clear MVP has been Demko, though. His world class goaltending has kept the Canucks’ heads above water.
Bo Ho:
Demmers, maybe Miller. Or Myers lol.
No love for Horvat. Not sure what happened to the Canuck faithful, but a hardworking player like Bo was always appreciated. Nowadays, it is about being shiny.
Demko is the obvious MVP!
Most improved: QH.
Hockey Bunker:
Quinn Hughes for MVP.
He vowed to work hard in the summer to improve his defensive play, and he has, while still producing even more offence.
I like guys who deliver.

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