Canucks' healthy disposition now a distant memory
Nov 28, 2013; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Vancouver Canucks right wing Alexandre Burrows (14) is checked by Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) in the third period at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Canucks defeated the Senators 5-2. (Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)
There was a time a few months back where the Vancouver Canucks were 100% healthy. Granted, it never lasted very long but we still got to see the vision Canucks GM Mike Gillis had for this team heading into the season.
Of course, once the first injury domino fell, key players holding down key positions began to follow suit. Suddenly the Canucks were forced to showcase their questionable depth.
For a while head coach John Tortorella was able to plug the holes by giving added ice time to the players that had earned his trust. Then, right on cue, the injury dam burst and it didn’t take long for it to show up on the ice.
So I asked Canucks Twitter Nation which injured player have the Canucks missed the most?
@doods1484: Ryan Stanton. When Bieksa is paired with him, much more responsible defensively. Bieksa almost seems lost without him.
Stanton got a lot more love in this poll than I would have guessed. He's like a young and steady Doug Lidster back there.
@bukk_ pon: Henrik. If you cant take faceoffs. What else is missing from your game?
First the suspicious one-shift game now this! Advantage iron-man streak conspiracy theorists.
Finish strong Clay, no pressure.
@CanuckClay: Burrows because of the trickle-down effect. Didn't know we'd miss a guy with zero goals so much!