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Rookie Jordan Schroeder is the Canucks' latest hero.
Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres leads the NHL in scoring with 23 points. His linemate, ex-Canuck Cody Hodgson, sits at No. 26 overall with 12 points in 13 games.
On the surface, this is troublesome for second-guessing Canuck fans, who wrung their hands when Hodgson was traded last season. The Canucks' top scorer so far is Daniel Sedin, who has just 10 points.
But let's dig a little deeper. Hodgson is a minus-three for the Sabres, who currently sit 29th in the league in team defense. Buffalo is tied for ninth in the Eastern Conference with 11 points in 13 games.
By contrast, Vancouver is third in the West with 16 points in 11 games, sixth in team defense and Hodgson's minus-three would tie him for the team worst with Manny Malhotra.
Despite his diminutive size, Jordan Schroeder is starting to look like an upgrade from Hodgson. In nine NHL games, Schroeder has two goals, a shootout winner and is a plus-four. He has been an effective player at both ends of the ice and as Alain Vigneault's confidence in him grows, he is seeing more quality ice time, including power-play minutes.
Schroeder has not been the only one contributing. Up front, Zack Kassian grabbed the torch early, Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen have been contributing on and off the scoresheet and Chris Higgins now appears to be getting on track. Points from the blue line have also been key, as the Canucks now have eight goals from their defense, with Keith Ballard the only member of the top six yet to score.