Entering November the Vancouver Canucks were in first place in the Pacific Division.
Elias Petterson has become a rookie sensation. Injuries have piled up but they’ve been able to make due and win a lot of close games, with decent goaltending from Jakob Markstrom and Anders Nilsson.
Though Brock Boeser hasn’t found the scoring touch that he had during his rookie season, the team is doing enough to win more than they lose.
So as a Canuck fan I should be jumping for joy, right? Well, I’m not. The team has been open about the rebuild and it may take two or three years to be punching in the same weight class as the best teams in the NHL.
I’m skeptical. Big time skeptical they can continue on this trend of winning hockey. But it does give me hope the rebuild may not be as long as painful in Vancouver as many first thought, though I’m anticipating November will be a better indicator on where this team actually is than October has been.