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Canucks 2019-20 Playoff Report Cards: Jordie Benn

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We wouldn’t be here without him

Vancouver Canucks v St Louis Blues - Game Five
The Big Benn Bulldozer
Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

When I heard Benning had somehow wrangled and fanangled and signed Jamie Benn, I so knew we were going to make the playoffs.

When I found out that Jamie had an older, slower, less offensively-talented brother named Jordie, who was actually signed by JB, I so knew we were going to make the playoffs.

How can that be?

Vancouver Canucks v Florida Panthers
The Beard. The Playoff Beard.
Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Jordie arrived with a pre-installed playoff beard! If that wasn’t a sign of a 17 playoff game run, what would it take?

Not everyone was as excited to have Jamie Jordie on the Nucks as I was. They probably couldn’t even read the rum leaves in the bottom of Westy’s glass after a week of reckless rummery.

Take a moment and think about this...

JB signed a player with the same initials, JB. It wasn’t the JB I thought JB had signed, but it was JB that signed JB.

There’s a moment you won’t get back. I’d like to say I’m sorry for suggesting you take a moment to think. But, this is no time to take more moments for sorry excuses. This is the time for report carding.

Despite the yawning disinterest in our newest top bottom High Skill solid Center D-Man, it would only take a small global pandemic, the NHL existential crisis and a few weeks in Edmonton to reveal the shrewd design behind Benning’s signing of Jamie Jordie.

Not only that, but it was evident through out the pre-covid season that Trav was high on Jamie Jordie too. Until he found out, like I did, that it wasn’t that JB that JB signed.

Oh well... back to the (semi) current report. How’d he do?

He did great.

Thanks for reading.

Fine. Don’t take my word for it. Just look at his stunning playoff stats.

Jordie Benn

Age Pos GP G A PTS + / - PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TOI ATOI
Age Pos GP G A PTS + / - PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TOI ATOI
32 D 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 113 16:09

Anytime you see a Nucks D-man with a plus-1 from the +/- stat line in the playoffs, you know you’re looking at a 1st paring guy. But it wasn’t always like that.

Jordie only played 7 games out of the 17. But without that super 7 there’d be no 17.

When Myers went down in the Blues series with a shoulder* injury it was time for Jordie to shine. And shine he did. With Jordie’s massive contribution and some help from his younger, more talented teammates, the Nucks defeated the former Cup champs.

* - the reported... or unreported shoulder injury was a cover story for the real cause of the injury: Onset Claustrophobia. Myers had spent too much time in his tiny summer home on the Alberta ice plains. Spending most of most games in that confined space of enforced bench rest finally took its toll. On his shoulder. That’s how cramped the sinbin is when you’re six-eight.

Anyhow back to Jamie’s older, better looking brother.

Strengths

The sheer strength of a fully prepped playoff beard in a playoff presser exudes strength and purpose. So... worth it.

Weaknesses

There’s no weaknesses to his game. Anymore. But there was a time...

Best Attribute

He’s a grownup. And humble. And a realist. Ok, the later attribute not a good fit for NM and neither are the other two, but Jordie is a grownup and isn’t bothered by NM sportsbloggery.

You might think I’m taking Jordie lightly. I’m not. He was a good pickup by JB. Not as good a pickup as his brother, which I was led to believe was the deal of the decade. But... it’s been a tough year all round and having the better looking Benn brother when it counted has to count for something. And does. Or did.

And we must account for the counting.

Overall Grade: B

Come on... A Benn boy - there’s only one grade it can B.