When Jim Benning traded a third-round pick to the Rangers (acquired in the Kesler trade) for Derek Dorsett last June he said:
"We've been talking about bringing in some good energy guys that are going to work hard and compete hard physically and he's going to do that for us."
That is what he has done. And more.
After scoring 1 goal and adding 2 assists in the beat down of the Leafs on Saturday night, Kindersley, Saskatchewan native Derek Dorsett has 6 goals and 22 points in 65 games this season. That surpasses his previous best NHL season of 12 goals and 8 assists with the Blue Jackets back in 2011-12. That season he averaged 14:42 of ice time per game. With the Canucks, he's getting far less minutes (11:59 per game.) That not only says a lot about Dorsett's play this season, it also speaks volumes of his quality of teammates in Vancouver who I'm sure are a lot better than what the Rangers had for him last season.
-Another plus for Double D? He has 2 shorthanded goals this season. A new career-best. He is only averaging 34 seconds of shorthanded ice time per game too yet.
-3 game-winning goals. Gotta love it.
-That +6 he currently has ties him for his best plus/minus that he had in 2009-10. Only Chris Higgins has a higher plus-minus (+8) amongst Canucks forwards.
-He leads the team with hits (138) which is 50 more than the next forward (Zack Kassian) who has played fewer games. The 3rd-highest hitting forward in Jannik Hansen, who has 72 hits. No, most of the forwards do not hit in Vancouver.
-Dorsett's 10:59 of even-strength time on ice is 2nd lowest on the team, only 5 seconds more than Bo Horvat.
-For the advanced stats peeps: Dorsett really fails at his SAT. Worst on the team.That means, I think, that the opposition gets far more chances against while DD is on the ice than what he generates. Follow that link I just provided to dive into more DD advanced stats.
-Hey, I love players like Dorsett. Lunchpail kinda guys. Sandpaper....something the Canucks lack big time. DD provides it. Pretty-much worth the $2 million he's getting paid.
LET'S GO TO THE TAPE AND CHECK OUT DD'S GOALS THIS SEASON
How about a shorthanded game-winner?
Gotta get the lucky ones:
I was telling you about the better teammates he plays with...here's another one assisted by Bo Horvat:
Is he a speedy bugger or what?
And the beauty goal against the Leafs on Saturday:
King of the Rink:
Who's this hayseed:
Keep up the great work, Derek!