Though the Vancouver Canucks continue to delight and frustrate their fans on a seemingly nightly basis – one night they’re great, the next not so much – one thing has overshadowed such inconsistently the last week:
The play of defenceman Aaron Rome.
Rome, a journeyman blue-liner and perennial seventh defenceman – who has found a home playing for Alain Vigneault in Vancouver – has been on an offensive tear of late that’s seen him post three goals in four games, while having another disallowed. Sunday against the New York Islanders, Rome channeled his inner Bobby Orr with a three-point night.
Through four games this season – his missed much of the team’s early schedule due to injury – Rome has five points, which equals his totals in 56 games last year. His three goal outburst more than doubles his career goal totals – he now has five.
(And for the record, the biggest loss from last year’s Canucks team, blueliner Christian Ehrhoff, has just one goal for the Buffalo Sabres this season.)
Chances of Rome continuing his offensive outburst are slim, of course, and in the long run they do little to mask the problems the Canucks have had thus far, including Alex Burrows’ and Ryan Kesler’s struggles and the team’s inability to string three or four wins together, but it’s a fun story for the time being.
Enjoy it while it lasts.