Saturday, November 04, 2006

Canucks blueline looking a little green

With Sami Salo sidelined with a knee sprain, the Vancouver Canucks will have a grand total of 960 NHL career games played among their six blueliners against Colorado tonight.

The problem? Mattias Ohlund has 572 of them, meaning the remaining crew average fewer than a full NHL season (78 games) between them.


At 9:36 a.m., November 09, 2006, Anonymous Dan Perry said...

This is among the most interesting stats I've seen this year, James. (Thanks for posting it.) The big question is, I guess, is if will it matter or not. Luongo played behind a weak defense in Florida, too, and some years they may too have been the league's least experienced defence corps. I'm not sure how it is that the Canucks started so hot... I know you love them, but until they find another true top six forward (with apologies to Jan Bulis) and at least one defenseman of Ohlund's age and experience (and beyond), I think they may stay at the ".500 + 1" mark they've recently cooled to, and again be on the playoff bubble.

As it stands right now, though, everyone on the kiddie corps (even Edler) is a plus player minus Bourdon (-1) and Fitzpatrick (-2) - that's promising. Once they're in the playoffs, I guess we'll know for sure. I think it'll be a first round exit if they don't add anyone.

(Don't forget that I'm a Leafs fan, and with some permutation of Bell, White, Harrison, Wozniewski and Colaiacovo expected to carry a good percentage of the load this year, I'm equally worried about my team... at the very least, we have a top four on paper, but we'll see what happens.)

Dan "Guarded Optimism, est. 1982" Perry


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