The Vancouver Canucks might be the best-kept secret of the early part of the 2023 NHL season. Vancouver has completely turned around their play after failing to make the playoffs in the 2022-23 season.

While the 4-6 record in their last 10 games can be a sign that regressions are coming soon, every stat proves this isn’t the case. The Canucks have the best offence in hockey, and that’s why they’ll continue being an elite team.

Vancouver has by far scored the most goals in hockey, posting 101 goals. The second-highest team, the Detroit Red Wings, has 91. A 10-goal difference is major, especially this early on in the season. 

With three players in the top six of points scored and four in the top-11, the Canucks offence has been nearly unstoppable. JT Miller (39), Quinn Hughes (36), Elias Pettersson (34), and Brock Boeser (30) lead the way for Vancouver.

If there are any concerns about what they’re going to do on the defensive side of the puck, Patrik Allvin, Canucks GM, made a move for defenseman Nikita Zadorov. Zadorov is known as a tough defender who’s going to make an impact for this team moving forward. 

Allvin addressed why he added Nikita:

We felt we were a little bit thin on the back end there, and then Soucy got injured, and we felt that we needed to address it,” Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said on Sunday via NHL.com.

We’re really excited,” Canucks coach Rick Tocchet said after a 4-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday. “He’s a big guy, he can skate and he can shoot. We talked to him today an hour before the game, [he’s] really excited to come here. Our environment can really help him.” 

While the offence has been as impressive as it is, the defence has some work to do. The unit hasn’t been bad, but there are areas for them to improve on. They’ve given up just 2.69 goals per game, which is more of an indictment of how Thatcher Demko is playing. Demko has allowed 2.46 goals per game and has a .917 save percentage.

With a +31 point differential, Vancouver has the second-highest point difference in hockey, only behind the Los Angeles Kings. 

The 16-9-1 record isn’t the best, currently sitting with the fourth most points in the Western Conference. The team has an average strength of schedule remaining, which should help them stack wins in the future. 

The Canucks offence has hit the ground running. Once their defence continues to improve, they’ll be even more formidable. Expect that to happen, as this is one of the league’s best teams.

Look for the team to put it together on that end going forward.


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