Ripple effect

After a 4-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers last night in which he had 3 points, Alex Burrows does the best job of summing up the effect of Mats Sundin’s addition to the Vancouver Canucks lineup (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun):

“We didn’t see their top four defencemen all night,” Burrows explained of the Oiler matchups. “We saw a lot of their third pairing, so obviously that’s going to open up ice for us. I think everybody will be benefit from him.”

Kyle Wellwood also added:

“I was talking to Henrik and Daniel before the game, telling them the other team’s coach has to make a decision now [about which Canucks to check] with Mats out there,” Wellwood said. “He can’t play his top defencemen 60 minutes. I thought Mats had a strong game.”

Mats Sundin didn’t score last night. He logged a very average 15 minutes of ice-time and didn’t have any shots on goal (though he had a few scoring chances), but he sure made a difference. For the last couple of seasons, there was so much talk about how the Canucks need a second scoring line to help the Sedins. With Sundin in the lineup and how he attracts the defense, they may well have three.

Much, much more on Sundin’s debut:

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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