Since my last positivity post was so well-received, I thought I would sneak one more in before the holidays were over. This one adds a little Schadenfreude to the mix, by looking at which players the current Vancouver Canucks are outscoring around the league. I tried to restrict it to players that A) had played a similar number of games to their comparable and B) was within a few points. There aren’t really meant to be any real conclusions drawn from this, but I thought it was an interesting perspective to take.
Is Outscoring Tyler Johnson and Sean Monahan 23 to 20/21- Both of these players were considered near certainties to develop into first line centers, whereas Horvat was never given a chance. This season, the tables have turned.
Is Tied With Joe Thornton 24 to 24- The Sedins aren’t having their best offensive season, but it’s nice to see that Henrik is at least keeping pace with his strongest contemporary, Jumbo Joe.
Is Outscoring Jonathan Toews 22 to 18- Not only is it good to see Daniel outscoring a legitimate superstar, the fact that it’s a Chicago Blackhawk player makes it all the more enjoyable.
Is Tied With 18-year old Sam Bennett 18 to 18- Accidentally read Lucic’s PIM column instead of points. Eriksson does not have as many points as him, but is tied with 20-year old 18-year old Sam Bennett, so he’s got that going for him.
Is Outscoring Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 18 to 16- Baertschi has been hot of late, and is now outscoring recent first overall draft pick “The Nuge.” Can’t complain about that.
Is Outscoring Nick Bonino 18 to 17- These two will be forever tied by the fact they were traded for one another, and it looks like Sutter has the edge as far as this season goes.
Is Outscoring Patrice Bergeron 14 to 8!- What a great year for Burrows, and what an awful year for Bergeron. Will be fun if Burrows receives more Selke votes than Bergeron this year!
Is Outscoring Boone Jenner 14 to 11- Jenner was considered an elite young talent while Granlund was considered a cast-off, but things look very different this season.
Is Outscoring Anthony Duclair 9 to 7- Not only is Hansen outscoring the once-promising Duclair, he’s doing it in far fewer games played.
Is Outscoring Dale Weise 6 to 4- Former Canuck Dale Weise ran his mouth about the franchise after departing it, so it’s nice to see the marquee free agent being outscored by training camp invite Skille.
Is Outscoring Jimmy Hayes 4 to 3- Gaunce hasn’t exactly lit it up, but at least he’s outscoring some Boston “talent.”
Is Outscoring Tom Wilson 4 to 3- Tom Wilson was touted as the perfect 4th line player, but Dorsett has played the role with greater effectiveness this season.
Is Outscoring Nick Bjugstad3 to 2- Bjugstad was injured to start the year, but he’s only put up two points since. Chaput was expected to be an AHLer but is outpacing him.
Is Outscoring Patrick Sharp 3 to 2- Former Blackhawk Sharp victimized the Canucks regularly, so who could have expected him to be outscored by unlikely top-liner Jayson Megna?
Is Outscoring Curtis Lazar 1 to 0- Let’s hear it for little victories!
Is Outscoring Jarome Iginla 10 to 9- That’s right, former Canuck destroyer Jarome Iginla is getting outscored by a rookie defenseman who hasn’t even played the whole season.
Is Outscoring Dan Hamhuis 10 to 8- Hamhuis left the Canucks for the Dallas Stars, who have greatly disappointed this season. Hutton, meanwhile, appears to be trending in the other direction.
Is Outscoring Zdeno Chara 9 to 8- I think this one speaks for itself.
Is Outscoring Jared McCann 6 to 3- Sure, Gudbranson is injured, but McCann is in the minors, and that’s undoubtedly worse.
Is Outscoring Niklas Kronwall 4 to 3- The battle of the aging, injury-prone Swedish defenders goes to Edler this year, so far.
Is Outscoring Ryan Murray 4 to 3- Murray is one of the most highly-touted young defensemen in the league, but here’s a mostly-unknown Russian import outscoring him.
Is Outscoring Cody Ceci 4 to 3- Larsen has missed a lot of time this year, but he’s still outpacing highly-regarded Ottawa rearguard Cody Ceci.
Is Outscoring Olli Maatta 3 to 2- Maatta is supposed to be an offensive defenseman. Tanev is not.
Is Outscoring Dmitry Kulikov 2 to 1- Kulikov was Buffalo’s big acquisition on defense. I wonder if they knew Biega was available?