Player of the Week: Linden Vey
If you remember, Linden Vey came this close — okay, more like this close — to being named my Player of the Week choice last week. But, last week is old news and here we are, a week later, and he gets the nod. Vey’s been a solid addition to the team since the start of the season, and it isn’t just because his name is a pun wasteland — he paved the — Vey — to a solid start to the season, scoring his first NHL goal against the Oilers on October 12.
In 12 games so far this season, Vey’s got 4 goals and 2 assists — for a total of 6 points — with two of those goals coming in the last week. And, with 4 goals to his name this season, if he were still on the LA Kings, that’d put him as the fourth-leading goal scorer on the team. So, uh, thanks, LA! (And no, you can’t have him back.)
Also, 3 of his 4 goals have come on the power play, which is great for the Canucks’ power play that’s struggled so hard in the past. That being said, it’ll be nice to see Vey chipping some in more at 5-on-5, but a goal’s a goal, and he’s scoring them, at any rate.
Aside from scoring goals on the regular – which the Canucks unquestionably need and has been a nice change so far this year (especially when it’s not coming from just the top guys) — Vey’s proven his versatility on the third and fourth line. This week, with Alex Burrows suspended, Tom Sestito out indefinitely with a lower body injury, and Bo Horvat called up (finally) and needing a spot in the bottom-six to start, it’s possible he could be promoted to the second line with Nick Bonino and Chris Higgins.
Either Vey — sorry, couldn’t resist — the Canucks’ rookie has been a good fit thus far and showing that perhaps, after all, Benning knows what he’s been doing all along.
(I’ll take it.)