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Canucks Player Autopsy: Luca Sbisa

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Born: January 30, 1990 in Ozieri, Italy. He has a lot of Swiss roots.

Size: 6'2", 200 pounds

Shoots: Left

Drafted: 19th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008.

En route to the Canucks: At the 2009 Entry Draft was traded, along with King Joffrey Lupul and 2009 and 2010 first round picks to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle. On June 27 of 2014, Sbisa and Nick Bonino and a 1st round pick in 2014 were traded to the Canucks by the Ducks for Ryan Kesler.

His talent analysis from Hockey's Future a few years back:

No matter the level, Sbisa has shown that he has all the tools to one day be a top-notch NHL defenseman. His strength lies in his effortless puck-moving style and elite skating ability.

His talent analysis now:

After that game Sbisa said:

"That’s what you call, in the hockey business, a pizza."

A legend was born. Not a good legend. A bad one. Like...those original Star Trek shows. Damn.

I just read a Globe And Mail article on Sbisa from a month ago and let me quote a part of it: the season’s first three months, Sbisa was on the ice for three goals against for every two for, at even-strength. Not good.

Oh and this gem:

From Jan. 1 onwards, Sbisa’s luck rebounded and was average through the season’s end. His goals-for percentage jumped to 46 per cent, from 40. Still, in 2014-15, of defenceman who played at least 1,000 minutes of even-strength ice time, Sbisa had been on the ice for the second-most goals against per 60 minutes in the league. Only Edmonton’s 21-year-old Oscar Klefbom was worse.

It's so impressive........ that the Canucks gave Luca a new 3-year contract worth $3.6 million per season. Sounds like madness to me, but the Canucks are gonna work with Luca. Hopefully pizzas are off the menu. Hell, if Chicago could turn Brent Sopel into a responsible defenceman and Stanley Cup winner, then surely the Canucks can get Luca out of the minus column, right? Right?!


Egads, Luca is a -24 in his short NHL career. They should play him with Kevin Bieksa. That will change things. Oh wait...

-Sbisa's 11 points ranked him lowest on the team amongst the regulars. Hell, even Ryan Stanton had 11 points in 22 less games. However, Stanton was a +9 in those games. Luca was a -8, tied for worst on the team with Bo Horvat.

-2 of Luca's 3 goals were game-winners. Kudos. See below in the LucaTube section for videos of these goals.

-Luca was 5th amongst Canucks defencemen/players with ice time (18:46). He was 4th on the D with shorthanded time on ice (2:00 per game average) and he only had 7:00 of power play time all season long.

-Only Derek Dorsett had more hits than Sbisa's 151. Love it.

-Only Chris Tanev (170) blocked more shots than Luca (128). Love it.

-The only regulars with a worse CORSI rating than Luca were Bonino, Stanton, Horvat and Dorsett.


Sbisa's first goal as a Canuck:

His second goal:

His third goal, in style:

He scored a goal against the Flames in the playoffs:

I love it when Sbisa bangs guys:

Sbisa brings that physical element and once in a while even drops the gloves to answer the bell:

Zanstorm's rating for Sbisa this season:


Hey, it's not as if we weren't warned. Ducks fan Steven Hida commented in our Kesler trade thread:

But Sbisa is awful. So so awful.

Let's just see what he does next season. I'm not writing him off yet. He did have some good games for the Canucks. His skills are very evident. He just gets too fancy trying get the puck out of the zone sometimes and gets burned. He takes big risks. If this just is what he is he won't last long in the NHL. If he can simplify his game he should be ok.