Derek Dorsett seemed stunned by the summation. Reminded that his projected role with the Vancouver Canucks has been widely scrutinized — he may not be an every day player because of what the 30-year-old winger has endured with his health and the taxing game he must play — he paused for a moment Saturday. And then came this following a satisfying 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena in which Dorsett turned back the clock and turned up the effort. “I think I’m an every day player,” he started. “I don’t listen to too much noise outside the arena. Tonight was a good proving point that I can still play coming off the injury. Travis (Green) has given me the opportunity to play against really good players and it’s been fun. I keep my head down and do what I’ve been doing my whole career.” What Dorsett did Saturday cemented his role as a checker, antagonist and penalty killer. He combined with Brandon Sutter and Markus Granlund to shut down Connor McDavid, he plastered Oscar Klefbom to the wall that led to Sutter’s goal, he had six hits, three blocked shots and drew a penalty on a partial breakaway.
Derek Dorsett's pride, pace, pesky play spark shutdown winger
The Province | Oct 9