Step One: Scout good players on Florida. Step Two: Wait for their PDO to drop to below 100. Step Three: Buy them for cheap.
Or, rather, the Vancouver Canucks' sometimes 2nd line of Chris Higgins-David Booth-Ryan Kesler, who are the three forwards who have combined for the best scoring chance differential thus far into the season.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is a terrific phrase. Keeping this line together assumes that the Canucks favour process over results like every single damned numbers guy in the stratosphere. The team generates 5+ more scoring chances per 60 minutes than the opposition when either one of the three players are on the ice.
And that can't be coincidence, can it? Not when David Booth and Chris Higgins were bargain bin trade bait with good underlying numbers, with the Canucks front-office shrewd enough to pick them up. Alain Vigneault could just cherry-pick Thom's chance numbers at Canucks Army and come up with the easy conclusion that this line is the best the Canucks have to offer at 5-on-5.
The players aren't getting any help from the coaching staff, either. It's generated because the three are just damn good two-way players in a way that David Booth's +/- probably doesn't indicate. Chris Higgins and Ryan Kesler play against the third and fourth toughest competition the opposition have to offer. They also start fewer than 50% of their shifts in the offensive end, so they have to work the puck forward.
When voting in the below poll, consider that the Sedins are still earning sheltered minutes and are barely playing above even.
Who is the best Canucks line at even strength?
Sedins and Hansen/Burrows (54 votes)
Kesler/Booth/Higgins (58 votes)
112 total votes