Ok,ditch the egg nog and just go with hard liquor.On the rocks.Neat.
The Canucks are going to have to replace what Ehrhoff did for this team and what all highly talented ,puck moving d men do for teams.Gragnani and Garrison? No.
Eddy may leave and Salo is gone.
Bieksa,Tanev and Hamhuis have little PP skills.
That leaves Ballard,whom I believe is partially capable of filling this role but in a 2nd PP pairing role.
This team is a skill divide away from Salo,Eddy and Christian on the ice with the Sedins and the PP stats showed it.
Well Gragnani didn't work out, I don't think we gave him enough of a chance, obviously he doesn't have Ehrhoff's skill/shot but I think he had some of the same offensive hockey sense and skating/puck moving ability, but he is gone so that's water under the bridge.
Edler fills the role well, I think he is just as good maybe even better in some areas, is shot is just as hard if not harder, he has I think a better wrist shot in terms of being able to get it through traffic and on net, and even pick the wholes in that situation, skaing wise I think he is just as good, and he has more size and is better in the other areas, as for him leaving everyone is acting like this is already a predetermined thing, which I don't see at all. From all I know he likes it here, loves the team, loves the city and to me the only reason we didn't sign him is because he was low balled, I can recall him getting offered about 4.95 or something like that, I remember that being mentioned somewhere, and that simply isn't enough, I think anywhere from 5-6 is reasonable and something he would accept and is also something we can do, we can always ask him to take around 5 for 1 year then assure him a much larger paycheck if he continues his development, so there are options among other things.
As for Garrison I don't know why you count him out, he has just as good of a shot if not better, maybe not the same puck rushing skill but he's a good passer, has got a good shot and can bring some good offense, I don't understand why people are so quick to count him out.
Ballard I agree has the puck moving ability, he's also a smart offensive player IMO, knows when he jump in the rush, makes good plays in the zone, I think if he was given a shot his skating ability and hockey sense could be really help out the PP at times.
Overall I don't think our PP would have been much better last season with Ehrhoff, Edler really broke through offensively and I think with Ehrhoff he maybe wouldn't have gotten the same opportunity.
So you can say yes he benefited our powerplay but our powerplay also benefitted him, and if you were to ask the question, who benefitted more? Our PP from him or him from our PP, I would say him from our PP honestly.