Vancouver Canucks: Early-Season Report Card

November 14th, 2010 by Joel Prosser Leave a reply »
The Vancouver Canucks have now completed the first 16 games of the 2010-2011 NHL season, with 10 wins, four regulation losses and two shootout losses. That record is good for 22 points, giving the Canucks a five-point lead atop the Northwest Division.

As 16 games is approximately 20 percent of the 82 game schedule, a statistically significant chunk of the season, I felt it appropriate to grade the players and team on their performance.

For a look at the grades for the first 10 percent of the season, see this article. I plan on issuing an updated report card every eight games or so throughout the season.



A key point is that I'm looking at how the player does in their position; i.e. I'm not judging Tanner Glass by the same criteria as Daniel Sedin. 

For the top two lines, I'm primarily looking for scoring; the third line is a blend of secondary scoring and grit; and at the fourth line all I'm really looking for is physical play and not being a liability.

For the defense, I based the division of top-four defensemen vs. third pairing/depth defensemen on the average ice-time per game. ...

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