This is a (to some degree) weekly function that will request to delve into a “take” from an individual in the media involving the Vancouver Canucks. Today, we take on John Shannon’s check out of Erik Gudbranson’s period therefore significantly.
The Vancouver Canucks have experienced a surprisingly superior period. Being really a great deal in competition for the playoffs in the center of February was not something most pundits considered was in the cards for the rebuilding club. (Even if the bottom half of the Western Conference is something of a tire hearth.)
A single thing that hasn’t been terrific for the Canucks? That would be the team’s defensive corps. Though Troy Stecher and Ben Hutton have seriously occur into their possess as the team’s next (or to start with?) pairing, and Alex Edler has experienced an additional strong period, the relaxation of the team’s backend has been mainly, shall we say, rough.
The worst of them all has pretty much undoubtedly been Erik Gudbranson. The veteran defender has experienced a horrific marketing campaign, marked by giveaways and avoidable icings. No just one looking at Gudbranson could fairly contend that the “eye test” has portrayed him in just about anything but the most negative of lights. And, as you in all probability know or could guess, the stats (both fundamental and advanced) are not favourable.
(However we will say that his thumping of Ryan Getzlaf in a current contest in opposition to the Anaheim Ducks manufactured us pleased.)
According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, nonetheless, Gudbranson has “had a improved period than anybody expected.” Hm. Not what we’d go with, but alright John.
In reality, as the Courier’s Daniel Wagner pointed out, Gudbranson has quite a great deal been as bad as doable. No participant who has performed over 30 game titles and is not named Cody McLeod has a even worse scoring proportion when on the ice than Gudbranson.
He has a a bit even worse Corsi than previous period, and has been on the ice for a greater fee of 5-on-5 plans than each and every defenceman in the NHL conserve for Edmonton’s Brandon Manning, who has been a scratch on a terrible Oilers workforce.
What was Shannon anticipating? We’re not seriously sure. He did say this:
“I’m impressed with how loyal they’ve been to him. I suspect that they think in the up coming two to three a long time, as this workforce morphs into a contender—and I do imagine it will morph into a contender—that Gudbranson can be element of that.”
If the Canucks can get something (just about anything, seriously) for Gudbranson at the trade deadline, they would be silly not to pursue it. Guaranteed, he’s “good in the room” and is a normal actual physical pressure on the blueline who can theoretically make opponents play for using liberties with the Canucks’ more youthful players (nevertheless, as has been nicely documented, that hasn’t happened a great deal).
Over-all, he is not an effective participant at the NHL amount, or even near to it. It is quite crystal clear at this stage that extra defenceman Alex Biega (who went unclaimed on waivers previously this 12 months) moves the needle a ton extra than Gudbranson when he’s on the ice.
So, yeah, sorry John, but we’re likely to have to chalk this just one up to “old hockey reporter is out of touch.”
Hotness of the take: Gudbranson’s hometown (Ottawa) at this time of 12 months
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