Now that coach Torterella is back from his league imposed vacation is there any chance he will wake up and do something to fix the Canucks anemic PowerPlay?
Canucks are averaging one goal scored every 14 minutes with the man advantage, third worse in the entire NHL.
One would think that improving the PowerPlay is a priority issue that would merit some careful consideration.
Living in the east coast as I do and rarely getting to see the Vancouver Canucks play I decided to see if I could find a solution.
It took me twenty minutes, an internet connection and a calculator, to discover an answer:
The Canucks have two players playing left wing on the current roster that have both been “on the ice” for 19 PP goals scored by their respective teams since 2011, the difference being that one of them has played 200 minutes more ice time with the man advantage than the other.
Player A has been on the ice for a total of 134 minutes with the man advantage , and his team has scored 19 PP goals an average of one PP goal scored every 7 minutes with him on the PP unit.
Player B has played 334 minutes of PP TOI , with his team averaging one PP goal scored every 17.5 minutes when he has been on the ice.
If you haven’t figured it out yet player B is Chris Higgins, an excellent 5 on 5 producer and a very effective penalty killer, who is having a very productive year in 5 on 5 situations but has NEVER had much PP success.
This season to date, Higgins has played no less than 90 minutes of TOI with the man advantage and the Canucks have scored a grand total of ONE PP goal during those 90 minutes!
Player A is David Booth, in 22 minutes of PP TOI this season with Booth on the ice the Canucks have scored 3 PP goals.
I find it quite curious that a person in position to manage the resources, and make decisions of a multi-million dollar sports organization is incapable of doing , or having one of his assistants, do some basic analysis.
This is not rocket science, and I am not talking about “advanced” stats such as Fenwick and Corsi for heaven’s sake, anyone with a computer and 20 minutes to spare could have discovered that Booth is a far better option than Higgins for the PowerPlay unit.
Incredibly, if you Google the following ”Canucks powerplay Higgins” the results were numerous articles written on Jan 3rd that Torterella was toying with the idea of actually promoting Higgins to the number one PP unit.
If I were a Canuck fan I would be up in arms that my team is paying a generous salary to a coach who thinks the way to fix the power play is to give the least effective member of the power play unit MORE ice time with the man advantage.
One PP goal in 90 minute with Higgins on the ice. Can you imagine a team playing a full game and a half with an extra skater and only scoring one goal? It would be safe to assume that they would be better off declining the penalties and playing 4 against 4!
Perhaps someone will manage to get this information to Torterella and/or Gillis in time for them to do something about it. If so, please let them know where you got he info, I’m sure I would be happy to work for the team for a fraction of what Torterella and his assistants are getting paid.
Thanks for reading!