Samuel Pahlsson arrived in Vancouver amidst some negative vibes. Acquired just hours before Cody Hodgson was dealt, he was to be the old, unspectacular, defensive-minded replacement for the most offensively-exciting prospect the Canucks had trotted out in years. It was like having your new Ferrari swapped for a used Toyoto Echo that reeks of Columbus. Sure, it may have been safer and lower-maintenance, but nobody was happy about it.
Truth is, despite what people say, even Alain Vigneault didn’t want Pahlsson at first. He was convinced to get on board by Mike Gillis and Newell Brown. But Pahlsson won the Canucks’ coach over somewhat through the end of the regular season, winning matchups with opposing first lines, and even showing a bit of scoring touch on a couple of heavy slapshots. His contributions looked tailor-made for the postseason.
And then they weren’t. The moment the playoffs arrived, Pahlsson struggled, and when the offseason arrived much, much sooner than anticipated, he was told that the Canucks had other plans and left for Sweden, likely there to remain.
But let’s not think about his unceremonious end. Let’s spend this afternoon in total denial and remember Samuel Pahlsson as a goal scorer.Continue Reading —›