Two weeks ago in my weekly report for the Independent Sports News, I was praising Vancouver Canucks right winger Derek Dorsett for his improved defensive zone coverage and his ability to check Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid. However it appears Dorsett has improved his game significantly on the other end of the ice too.
It is early, and you cannot read too much into eight hockey games. However it should be noted that Dorsett, a native of Kindersley, Saskatchewan, leads the Canucks with five goals and is the co-leader of the Canucks in points with six. (Tied with rookie Brock Boeser). Dorsett is also continuing his aggressive style of hockey as he leads the National Hockey League with 42 penalty minutes. It is remarkable to lead a team in goals and points and lead in the entire NHL in penalty minutes in today’s NHL. However that is what exactly Dorsett has been able to do so far this month.
Dorsett is also scoring timely goals. Last night in Vancouver’s 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, Dorsett scored the game winning goal. He also added two goals and one assist for three points in their 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.
Where the Canucks have struggled in recent times has been secondary scoring. However Dorsett has been able to produce just that in 2017-18. There is no doubt that Henrik and Daniel Sedin, and whoever played with the Sedins, has carried the team offensively over the last decade, and any other offense has been an added bonus.
The fact that Boeser and Dorsett have outscored the Sedins 12-7 in October is something management must be pleased about as the Canucks are having early success in their rebuilding process. They are currently 4-3-1 and in third place in the Pacific Division.