Popular Post Rindiculous Posted January 8, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted January 8, 2022 (edited) Yes, it's me again, with another topic, because I'm bored with almost no games for the past 3 weeks. However, I was reading a Canucksarmy article that basically listed all the Canucks in tiers for how likely they would get traded. While most I agreed with, Tanner Pearson was put in the "Trade 'Em If You Can" tier. This tier basically said that if anyone gave you any value for that player, you make that trade in a heartbeat. He was joined there by Hamonic and Poolman, who I completely agree should be in that tier, but having Pearson there struck a nerve with me because I've seen many people with the same opinion and I disagree 100% with anyone who says Pearson is not worth his contract value this year. Yes, Pearson had a bad year last year. So did almost every single Canuck with the exclusion of Brock Boeser. However, this year is completely different. Pearson is criminally underrated in this market and has been since he was traded here. Even with his 'slow' start (which wasn't really slow as I show below), he's almost on pace for 40 points this season, and he's worth so much more than the points he puts up. Almost the entire year, the line that he has been on has been the best Canucks line whether it was him Hog and Bo at the beginning of the year to him, Bo, and Garland, to most recently him, Miller, and Boeser. He's a catalyst to each and every line at 5 on 5. He's not flashy but he's good defensively, and very good in puck battles along the boards. He's 5th on the Canucks in +/-, is a prominent player on the PK, and has the third...THIRD best expected goals for % of the entire team only behind Brad Hunt (who has seen very limited action) and Conor Garland. On top of that he is THE BEST Canuck in the Scoring Chance % department meaning that he's on the ice for the more scoring chances for than against better than any other Canuck on the roster. He's the type of grind it out player you need on every line to open up space for your snipers and playmakers. It's no fluke that every line he gets put on suddenly becomes the Canucks best line by both the eye test and statistically. You won't see much interest in him around the league because he isn't flashy or puts up a ton of points, but almost everyone in and out of our market severely underrates Tanner Pearson. They look at him whiffing on the odd scoring chance and think he's just bad and not worth his own weight. But this year Pearson has been worth every penny of his contract more than almost anyone paid more than him in this lineup with the exception of JT Miller and possibly Quinn Hughes and Conor Garland. And the last thing is most people like Tanner Pearson, but for some reason hate his contract. Well, he's not making 3.75 mill a year anymore. This year he got signed to 3.25 mill AAV. What top 9 player that is consistently playing first or second line minutes is signed for that low a contract? Basically noone except for maybe Marcus Foligno who is having a career year this year in Minnesota. For what Pearson provides on a night in and night out basis I'd consider a bargain rather than an overpayment. He's definitely earning his contract way more than the likes of Pettersson, Boeser, Dickinson, Poolman, and Hamonic and dollar for dollar there could be an argument he's got more bang for his buck than OEL and Myers. The only one he's definitely not outperforming dollar for dollar is Miller, and if that's the case, it's not a bad contract seeing as Miller's is probably a top 5 contract in the entire league. Also, for people who say that the contract might not age well cause he's old, the guy is still only 29, only signed for 3 years. He'll be 32 when the contract expires when most players are still in their prime. So in closing, we should hold on to Pearson for sure because obviously he would not bring much value in a trade, and he is worth way, Way, WAY more to us than anything we could possibly fetch in a return on a trade. Edited January 8, 2022 by Rindiculous 12 1 8 1 2 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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