Drance Numbers: Andrew Ebbett’s better than you think

Andrew Ebbett is kind of a badass.

Every summer, Mike Gillis manages to find value in the unlikeliest of places on the free agent market. Whether he’s signing a diminutive offensive defenseman who provides the team with a game-winning goal (then promptly retires), a lanky, undrafted goalie who now looks poised to develop into an NHL regular, or a power-play ace like Aaron Rome, Gillis tends to the scrap heap efficiently and with care.

He’s become the NHL’s Wall-E.

Chris Tanev, Aaron Rome, Lee Sweatt, Eddie Lack, Jeff Tambellini, Alexander Sulzer and Aaron Volpatti are all names on the list of unheralded, seemingly undesirable Gillis recruits who have morphed into productive members of the team or into tantalizing prospects. This week, another castoff had his coming-out party, as the team was propelled to two big wins over the Sharks and the Oilers thanks in part to the contributions of Andrew Ebbett.

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I Find This Video Odd: Kevin Bieksa says ‘Milk hot dogs’ during interview, wins a bet

Anyone following the Canucks should know by now that even the most commonplace Kevin Bieksa interview can yield unexpected laughs, so it should come as no surprise that the Canucks D-man was able to light up the Twitterverse during a brief pregame chat with Dan Murphy Thursday.

When asked about the burgeoning rivalry with the San Jose Sharks, whom the Canucks defeated the night before, he said:

“We definitely have a rivalry with them that’s kinda escalated a bit, and they’ve got a couple milk hot dogs on their team, and … *laughter* … it makes for some fun games though, that’s for sure.”

Yes. He said “Milk hot dogs”.

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The top 50 Vancouver Canucks goals of 2011 (10-1)

If you have been following this series all week, you may be wondering how there could possibly be 10 Canucks goals from 2011 that are better than the 40 we have seen already. We’ve seen Henrik Sedin pass the puck through a goaltender, Lee Sweatt score his first (and only) NHL goal in his first NHL game, and Ryan Kesler use a new stick from the bench both to score and to assist.

But just when you think you’ve seen everything, you ain’t seen nothing yet. You’re about to see goals scored in ways that don’t seem possible, goals scored by the unlikeliest of heroes to win big games, and goals that don’t make a dang bit of sense. It was an incredible year for incredible goals.

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