Big Numbers: Mike Santorelli is a bargain; Jason Garrison is a setup man

Every now and then we like to take a break from all the words and just post some numbers. And some words describing the numbers, as otherwise it would just be a whole bunch of numbers with no context, which would be really weird. Big Numbers is a weekly feature on Pass it to Bulis in which we identify the numbers and statistics that really matter or, frequently, the ones that don’t matter at all but are still pretty interesting.

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26,190 | The amount of dollars per point the Canucks are paying Mike Santorelli. After his 3-point game on Sunday, the versatile forwards is on pace for 21 goals and 54 points on a league minimum $550,000 salary, making him easily the biggest bargain in the NHL. The next best is Nick Bonino, who is costing the Anaheim Ducks $31,818 per point so far this season, over $5,000 more than Santorelli.

20 | Points by Mike Santorelli at even-strength, to lead the Canucks. Henrik is next best at 18 points. On the flip-side, Santorelli does not have a single point on the power play this season, despite averaging 1:29 per game on the man advantage. To be fair, nobody on the second unit power play has scored with the man advantage this season, so it’s not all on Santorelli.

10 | Points by Jason Garrison in his last 8 games, more than doubling his point total on the season. His 19 points tie him with Ryan McDonagh, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Keith Yandle, Andrei Markov, and Brent Seabrook for 8th among NHL defencemen.

12 | The number of Garrison’s 15 assists that are primary assists, the assist that leads directly to a goal. This is third on the team behind the Sedins’ 13 apiece, but first in the NHL among defencemen, ahead of Erik Karlsson’s 11 primary assists. This doesn’t mean that Garrison is all about the delicious dish, of course, as the bulk of those primary assists would be off rebounds from his artillery cannon of a slap shot.

5 | Goals by Ryan Kesler in his last 4 games. Also, the maximum distance in feet from which those 5 goals were scored. He goes to more dirty areas than Pig-Pen, which, ironically, is the cleanest joke that could possibly be made from that setup.

4 | Number of games in a row in which the Canucks have scored the first goal. In what I’m sure is a massive coincidence, it’s also the number of games the Canucks have won in a row.

76 | The number of times Chris Tanev has been hit this season, leading all Canucks. This isn’t too surprising, as Tanev seems to get crushed along the end boards regularly while making outlet passes, only to pop right back up to his skates. While he doesn’t seem particularly adept at eluding hits, he certainly knows how to take one.

7 | Points in 7 games in the AHL for Yannick Weber prior to the Canucks recalling that he exists and recalling him to the NHL. Weber played big minutes for the Utica Comets and helped them triple their win total on the season with a 4-3 record while he was on the farm, including two big wins over the first place Abbotsford Heat.

7 | Also, the number of games in a row with a power play goal for the Canucks, broken by an 0-for-3 night with the man advantage against the Phoenix Coyotes. The last time the Canucks scored a power play goal in 7 straight games was in 2005-06, with players like Markus Naslund, Ed Jovanovski, and Todd Bertuzzi scoring the goals.

6 | Canucks prospect Cole Cassels’ points in his last two games after a 4-game slump. The Canucks’ 2013 3rd round pick now has 34 points in 26 games, easily justifying his selection in the draft and helping him earn his first NHL contract.

42 | The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. Also, the number of points Bo Horvat has scored in 27 games for the London Knights this season. There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.

15 comments

  1. cathylu
    December 9, 2013

    I’m really starting to like Mike Santorelli.

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    • Lemming
      December 9, 2013

      Who?

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  2. whisky jack
    December 9, 2013

    the second line is now the first
    but still the fourth remains the worst
    which might suggest the rest are bad
    they’re good as any we have had
    and with some weak ones we’ve been cursed

    it’s intriguing that we’ve won three
    with Edler out with injured knee
    while it may be i’m lacking tact
    by pointing out this simple fact
    it seems we’ve now a stronger “D”

    point nine eight eight’s our PDO
    it will regress to one you know
    our freewheeling aggressive style
    will in good time the points compile
    there is no way it won’t be so

    thus i state with ample reason
    it’s Lord Stanley’s Cup this season

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    • Matt
      December 9, 2013

      Good one!

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  3. arthur dent
    December 9, 2013

    does anyone know where i can get a really good cup of tea?

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    • Zaphod Beeblebrox
      December 9, 2013

      Just use the beverage simulator, baby!

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  4. DanD
    December 9, 2013

    Oh man, thank you for the HHGTG reference. Always appropriate.

    Also, consider this my formal request, since I think my comment came a little late on your post comparing the Canucks to the 2011 Kings. I request a follow-up piece in which you detail which Canucks might be possible trade targets for other teams. Wondering who you think might go the other way for the type of goal-scorers you mentioned in the Kings post.

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  5. Sublime
    December 9, 2013

    We went and signed Mike Santorelli
    Because we’ve got a crystal ball
    Now people say he scores some goals
    But I say, he scores them all

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  6. akidd
    December 9, 2013

    ya, numbers. santorelli is bringing it. what’s neat is that his shooting % is a maintainable 12.9. with 8 goals on 62 shots. he’s not just getting lucky, he’s consistently putting shots on net. oh and he leads the team in +/- at +9. actually he’s tied with bieksa who could arguably be more snakebit than burrows. bieksa has 69 shots and 1 goal(10 assists) for a snazzy shooting % of 1.4. that’s pretty impressive in its own way.

    i liked how santorelli looked off higgins, he of a 7.6 shooting % on 105 shots, and fired home his second goal vs. the ‘lanche. i liked it a lot.

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  7. Tom Benjamin
    December 9, 2013

    The number of times Chris Tanev has been hit this season, leading all Canucks. This isn’t too surprising, as Tanev seems to get crushed along the end boards regularly while making outlet passes, only to pop right back up to his skates. While he doesn’t seem particularly adept at eluding hits, he certainly knows how to take one.

    It isn’t surprising mostly because Tanev has the puck so often. I know almost all Canuck fans like Chris, but I think he is unappreciated even in Vancouver. If he ever develops a shot, he’ll be a Norris quality defenseman. I’ve been watching hockey for more than fifty years so I’m shocked when I see a young player with a unique skillset. I’ve never seen a player like him. Mobile, great wingspan, great stick, great positionally, very smart, and the first defenceman I want to see get the puck in the defensive zone. He could play with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. At 22?

    He’s gonna be a star.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 9, 2013

      I mostly agree. I see him with a lower ceiling, but I think he’s a legitimate top-four defenceman with top-two potential, at least defensively. His offensive game is lacking, though he passes the puck well with good vision, so I don’t think he’ll ever reach star status.

      But yes, the main reason he gets hit so often is because he’s tasked with carrying the puck and making the outlet pass so often.

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      • Tom Benjamin
        December 10, 2013

        Are you saying that Tanev is pretty much as good as he is going to be right now? That he’s bumping up against his ceiling after a year in the league? He is already a top four dman – on a team with a strong defense – and defensively he is top two. Where would he be on, say, the Oiler depth chart?

        The ridiculous shot will improve and the offence will come. Even if the point totals do not steadily increase (as I expect they will) he will make enough good plays to be a very valuable player.

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        • Daniel Wagner
          December 10, 2013

          I’d say he’s close to his ceiling right now, with some room to improve. It’s worth noting that he’s fifth among Canucks’ defencemen in ice time and I’d argue he’s not quite top-four with the Canucks, but mainly because, as you said, the Canucks have a strong defence. When I said he could be a top-two, I misspoke slightly. What I meant is he could become a top-pairing defenceman in the future, presumably with a stronger offensive partner.

          I’m happy to be proven wrong in the future, but I wouldn’t go anywhere near suggesting he could be a Norris-caliber defenceman, that’s all.

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    • J21
      December 9, 2013

      When Tom Benjamin posts on PITB, I have a little nerdgasm. It’s my Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 Canucks-following minds coming together.

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  8. Aaron
    December 10, 2013

    Great as always guys. What does every one think of Edler as trade bait? After the last few games it seems he is expendable and should have some value to the right team. I also have to agree with Tom but only if he can work on his shot.

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