Much like their offense, the Canucks defense was also very successful last season.
The Canucks had the lowest goals against total in the league with 185. They led that category by a solid margin. The Nashville Predators, who ranked second in the league in goals against, gave up 194 goals.
Christian Ehrhoff was the source of production for the Vancouver blue liners. Ehrhoff scored 14 goals and added 36 assists for 50 points.
Alexander Edler, Dan Hamuis and Kevin Bieksa were the other major contributors for the defense. The three defenders chipped in 33 points, 23 points, and 22 points respectively.
Edler, Hamuis and Bieksa will return to Vancouver this season. Appearing in more games should translate into improved numbers for the three defenders. Last year, Edler, Hamuis and Bieksa missed a combined 65 games. Simple equation: more games equals more production.
An area of improvement could have been more all-around production from the defense as a whole. Outside of the four players listed above, there really wasn't much production from anyone else on the defense.
After Kevin Bieksa and his 22 points, the next highest producing players as far as point totals were Sami Salo, Andrew Alberts and Keith Ballard, who each had seven points.
If more players can produce on defense for the Canucks next season, it will make an already dangerous team even more of a threat.
Defense: Very High B+