The Chase Begins
The Canucks 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule has been released. We now know what days this week we can look forward to dining on Shark. On Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m. the best of seven games series begins at Rogers Arena.
All games will be broadcast on TSN and TEAM 1040. Start times listed below are Pacific. Series G – (3) Vancouver Canucks vs (6) San Jose Sharks
- Wednesday, May 1 7:30 p.m. San Jose at Vancouver, Rogers Arena
- Friday, May 3 7:00 p.m. San Jose at Vancouver, Rogers Arena
- Sunday, May 5 7:00 p.m. Vancouver at San Jose, H.P. Pavilion
- Tuesday, May 7 7:00 p.m. Vancouver at San Jose, H.P. Pavilion
- Thursday, May 9 7:00 p.m. San Jose at Vancouver, Rogers Arena
- Saturday, May 11 TBD Vancouver at San Jose, H.P. Pavilion
- Monday, May 13 TBD San Jose at Vancouver, Rogers Arena
It is time for the Canucks overachievers and underachievers year end assessment and there has been some considerable movement over the season, including one player who switched lists entirely.
Let’s take a look.
Jason Garrison was on the underachiever side of this list at the quarter season mark, but he made a superb turnaround based not on his offence initially, but on the merits of his sound defensive work.
The hulking defenseman finished just behind Henrik Sedin with a plus 18 rating and has now moved up to the number one defensive pairing.
The goals also started to come as he tallied 8. Now, if only Coach AV would use him consistently on the top PP unit.
Jannik Hansen finished third on the team in scoring, despite a late season dry spell, with a very useful 27 points. That total includes 10 goals in a strike shortened year that still ranks as his 2nd best ever total. However, it is the intangibles that the Dane brings to the table that have seen his stock soar.
He is an excellent penalty killer, terrific skater and is the team’s most versatile player.
Chris Tanev demonstrated with his late season injury absence that he has become indispensable to the Canucks back line. The team went through a jumble of second and third hand blue liners as temporary replacements, but none could adequately fill his role on the second defence pairing.
He put up a solid 7 points in 38 games and maintained a plus 4 rating.
If he is back healthy, this team would have some much needed depth at its weakest unit for the playoffs.
Zack Kassian has looked very good at times (well, with the Sedins or Kesler anyway) and downright awful at other times. Inconsistency is the bane of young players, but the beefy winger needs to mature in a hurry to help the Canucks. The team needs to settle on steady linemates for him and get that big body to the net this post-season.
David Booth could well be the victim of Vancouver’s buyout amnesty in the off-season and the less than sad truth is no-one would miss him. His size and speed tease but those elements were rarely put to proper use whether he was on the injured list or on the ice.
Alex Edler is the single most disappointing player that the Canucks have had to endure this season. His proverbial million dollar talent is completely undone by his 10 cent head.
He plays with seemingly no sense of urgency and is wasting his incredible physical gifts. The Edler drop pass in the neutral zone on a rush up ice is now the signature play that makes Vancouver fans cringe most.
What about it Vancouver fans?
Who do you see as the best and worst players this year for the Canucks?