Vancouver Canucks: 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championships Grades

Canada:

Chris Tanev, A: Seeing Tanev play the top pairing on the victorious Team Canada alongside Mike Rielly was a true testament to how far Tanev has come in his career. It is hard to say that Tanev played above expectations for Canucks fans, as they know what he can do, but he probably opened a lot of eyes across the nation.

Ben Hutton, INCOMPLETE: Unlike Thatcher Demko, mentioned below, Hutton’s almost complete lack of playing time cannot really be spun as a positive. Hutton was sat in favour in Mike Matheson, a player who has yet to make the NHL full-time. If not for Hutton’s seemingly fantastic attitude, fans might reasonably worry about this experience damaging his confidence. At least he managed to get an assist!

 

Sweden: 

Jacob Markstrom, B: Although Markstrom’s stats are nothing to write home about, and he got shelled in the game against Canada, Swedish fans seemed reasonably satisfied with Markstrom’s performance as starter. It was general consensus that the goals against were more a result of sub-par defense that Markstrom’s play. This helped justify Markstrom’s spot on the World Cup roster.

 

Denmark:

Jannik Hansen, B-: Hansen helped lead Denmark to the quarterfinals with 4 points in 8 games. Some might have expected a little more offense after Hansen’s breakout NHL season, but he was still his usual Honey Badgering self.

 

USA:

Thatcher Demko, INCOMPLETE: Demko did not play a single second. Oh well, probably still a great experience for him.

 

Latvia:

Ronalds Kenins, D: Latvia avoided relegation, at least, but Kenins did not do much to help. He only had 1 point in 6 games, and also had 27 penalty minutes. Kenins did nothing to suggest the Canucks should bring him back this year.

 

Switzerland:

Yannick Weber, C+: Weber capped a disappointing season for the Canucks with a disappointing tournament for Switzerland. The Swiss finished well out of contention, under seemingly inferior teams like Norway, Germany, and Denmark. Weber did not have a bad tournament, however, logging important minutes and putting up 3 points in 7 games.

 

Finland:

Markus Granlund, NO GRADE: Granlund is only listed to point out how lame it is that he lost his spot on the roster when his brother, Mikael, decided to join the team. Share with your brother, Mikael!

 

Czechia:

Michal Kempny (Potential Signing), B+: Both the Czechs as a team and Kempny as an individual had an excellent tournament. The Czechs were eliminated in the quarterfinals, but had a great round robin before that. Kempny only had 2 points in 8 games, but his possession numbers were reported to be superb. Unfortunately for the Canucks, this tournament probably increased the competition to sign Kempny.

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