Derek Dorsett RW VAN 1 month ago

Dorsett signed a four-year, $10.6 million contract extension with the Canucks on Wednesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.

Dorsett's first season in Vancouver has gone swimmingly, as the 28-year-old has already produced a career-best 25 points and leads the squad with 163 hits and 169 PIM. The extension will prevent him from hitting the open market this summer and lock him into a bottom-six role for the Canucks over the next few years.

Derek Dorsett RW VAN 2 months ago

Dorsett tallied an unassisted goal in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

Since erupting for a three-point night March 14 against the Maple Leafs, Dorsett has predictably quieted down. In his 10 games since, Dorsett has a goal and two assists while attempting only six shots. He still carries most of his value in the form of hits and PIM, not the offensive categories.

Derek Dorsett RW VAN 2 months ago

Dorsett played Leaf killer Saturday night. He scored the game-winning goal and added two assists in a 4-1 win.

It was also a career night -- it was his first-ever three-point game in the NHL. He'd had a handful of two-point efforts in his career, but three points had proven elusive over the previous 395 games. His fantasy value is restricted, but he does have a career-best 22 points this season while deliver 150 PIM. There's real value in that.

Derek Dorsett RW VAN 2 months ago

Dorsett registered an assist in Monday's win over the Ducks.

Dorsett has seen his minutes count climb in recent games, but it likely won't lead to any sort of notable scoring outburst. Instead, the increased time on ice will likely only result in the potential for more hits and PIM, which carries weight primarily in specialty formats.

Derek Dorsett RW VAN 4 months ago

Dorsett (neck) is in the lineup Sunday against the Wild.

Dorsett took part in Saturday's practice, making it a decent bet he would return to the lineup. That is indeed the case, as he will look to add to his 14-point total he carries into the contest.

Derek Dorsett RW VAN 4 months ago

Dorsett (neck) took part in Saturday's practice, Jon Abbott of TSN Radio Vancouver reports.

Dorsett appeared to be a full participant in his first practice since suffering the injury Wednesday against the Ducks, taking part in battle drills with the team's other healthy skaters. Coach Willie Desjardins indicated Dorsett will be a possible lineup option for Sunday's game against the Wild, but his status likely won't be known until the Canucks hold pregame warmups.

Derek Dorsett RW VAN 4 months ago

Coach Willie Desjardins said Thursday that he expects Dorsett (neck) to be unavailable for Friday's game against the Sabres.

Dorsett was absent from Thursday's practice, with Desjardins speculating that the forward would be "out for a bit." His next opportunity to play would come Feb. 1, but he'll likely need to return to the ice before that time in some capacity to have a legitimate shot at suiting up.

Derek Dorsett RW VAN 4 months ago

Dorsett exited Tuesday's game against the Ducks in the second period following a collision with Ryan Kesler, Ben Kuzma of The Province reports. He didn't return to the game.

Dorsett appeared to make knee-to-knee contact with Kesler while also taking an arm to the head. While Dorsett isn't a major offensive contributor for the Canucks, the grit he brings to the fourth line gives the team a needed edge. If Dorsett is out for an extended period of time, it would leave the Canucks with a major void in the physicality department, as like-minded players Brad Richardson (ankle) and Kevin Bieksa (broken left hand) are also nursing injuries.

Derek Dorsett RW VAN 5 months ago

Dorsett scored the Canucks' only goal Tuesday, finding twine shorthanded in the second period for his fourth tally of the season.

With 10 points on the year now, Dorsett's exceeded his total from each of the past two seasons. If he can stay healthy -- which is always an issue -- he could make a run at a new career high, although that's a low bar, given that his current high is 20 points, set in 2011-12 with the Jackets.

Derek Dorsett RW VAN 5 months ago

Dorsett picked up 15 PIM in Sunday's loss to the Senators.

Dorsett now has 66 PIM on the season -- second most in the NHL. With three goals and nine points in 26 games, Dorsett is a decent option in deeper formats. He could reach the 30-point barrier in his first season with Vancouver.