Dan Hamhuis needed to play brilliantly the first few months of this season to have any chance at playing for Team Canada in Sochi.
The pressure is now off. He’s falling short.
So are the Canucks who followed a 4-1 whipping at the hands of the Sharks by fading on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday.
The Canucks may have driven play against the Montreal Canadiens and dominated puck possession for two periods but when it was over it was another 4-1 pasting for the visitors.
He’s an easy scapegoat. He’s the obvious poster child for the Canucks underwhelming 3-3 start to the season.
But the Canucks don’t have a line that can score other than the top one. Roberto Luongo is struggling again in October. And the bottom six is a brush fire.
Hamhuis will get most of the attention though because he’s supposed to be the Canucks steadiest blueliner.
He’s had some bad luck sure. He’s had fewer minutes definitely. But he’s also had whatever happened on a second-period power-play ...