If you look at the Vancouver Canucks‘ scoring leaders right now, you’ll find an unexpected name at the top: Derek Dorsett.
The 30-year-old winger has four goals and an assist on the season, including two markers against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night and one against the Boston Bruins one night prior.
According to Don Cherry, there’s a simple explanation.
“You know why? Travis Green is playing him,” Cherry said during Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday.
Dorsett has averaged 14:18 in ice time through seven games this season, and reached 18 minutes in Friday’s high-shooting 4-2 victory in Buffalo.
Dorsett (smiling) before a question is asked….”yeah I’m a sniper. I score goals.”
— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) October 21, 2017
“Every place he had played on before, he was just a dummy to go out and fight and stuff like that. Travis knows he’s a pretty good hockey player. When those guys like that play, he’s a tough guy,” Cherry said. “Dorsett, the reason he’s getting all those goals is because Travis Green’s playing him.”
Dorsett’s best offensive season came back in 2011-12, when he registered 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points in 77 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He spent one season with the New York Rangers before joining the Canucks in 2014-15.
Cherry also noted a few of Green’s other decisions early in this season, including limiting the Sedin twins’ ice time and sitting rookie Brock Boeser for the first two games of the year. Boeser has five points in five games so far in his career.
It’s still very early in the season, but Cherry is liking what he sees so far from the rebuilding club.
“He’s got them playing his style, they’ve got a little jump,” said …read more