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Vancouver Canucks: October Player Of The Month

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Hockey season is finally back and all seems to be normal within the hockey world. Unfourtantly the Vancouver Canucks got off to a rough start in October embarking on a six-game road trip. On the road trip, the Canucks lost three of the six games including a loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The Canucks followed up the road trip with a three-game home skid to end the month, finishing October with a record of 3-5-1. Fourtanitly October has brought some bright spots, mainly in individual play. Of all players though who is the Canucks player of the month for October?

Player Of The Month Contention

The Canucks player of the month contention has been narrowed down to five players. Goaltender Thatcher Demko, defenceman Quinn Hughes, forwards Bo Horvat, Conor Garland, and J.T. Miller. Each of these five players brought many positives to the Canucks in the first month, so let’s look into each player to determine October’s player of the month.

Thatcher Demko: Demko started seven of the Canucks nine games in October. Through his seven starts, he was 3-3-1 with losses coming at the hands of the Sabres, Minnesota Wild, and Edmonton Oilers twice. Although he compiled four losses in seven starts he saw 30 or more shots in all seven of his starts. At the end of October Demko was ranked third among NHL goalies in shots faced and second in saves with 218 saves. Although Demko has not been off to a stellar start to his second full season as the Canucks main man, although he has been keeping the Canucks in-game even when his team in front of him are not pulling their weight.

Quinn Hughes: In the first month of his new six-year $47 million contract Quinn Hughes has not been the dazzling superstar fans expected but he has still been a solid offensive defenceman. Playing in eight of the Canucks first nine games Hughes has totaled six points including a four-game point streak that was snapped at the hands of the Oilers. After October Hughes ranked fourth in ice-time among NHL defensemen with 26:25 minutes of average ice-time and tied for fourteenth in points with six.

Bo Horvat: Captain Bo Horvat took a couple of games to get going but has made it onto the scoresheet in five of Canucks first nine games. Leading the Canucks in goals for the month of October, Horvat scored four times one of which being on the powerplay. Horvat finished October with six points, 20:49 minutes of average ice-time, and a faceoffs percentage of 56.9%. His 123 faceoff wins were the NHL’s highest faceoff win total for the month of October.

Conor Garland: Garland is playing his first season as a member of the Vancouver Canucks and he started off hot with a six-game point streak to open the season, before fizzling off after the Canucks six-game road trip. With eight points in six games Garland was one of the lone bright spots on the new look Canucks, between his scoring ability and spark plug energy he brought the game in and game out things were looking less bleak, but when the Canucks returned home Garlands scoring touch and ability to get under opposing players skin seemed to fade. Garland finished October with eight points all of which came on the road.

J.T. Miller: In Miller’s third season with the Canucks he has proven to be vital playing anywhere from the first to the third line with powerplay minutes. Miller’s biggest game thus far came against the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia where he scored the game-tying goal, the shootout winner, and added to powerplay assists. Throughout October he had eight assists and one goal making him the Canucks points leader with nine points, of his nine points four have been powerplay points, the Canucks only had six power-play goals in October meaning Miller was involved in four of those.

Octobers Player Of The Month

October ended rough for Vancouver but regardless they did have a few strong players throughout the first month of the season. Without a doubt, October would have been even worse for Vancouver if they were without one of these players. Therefore the Canucks player of the month for October was goaltender Thatcher Demko. Although Demko’s record was below .500 he saved 218 shots allowing 18 of which past him, five of which were powerplay goals. Without Demko, the Canucks record would very well be worse than 3-5-1.

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