Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella says he has been impressed by the play of rookie defenceman Ryan Stanton.
Stanton, along with goaltender Eddie Lack, were singled out by Tortorella in the post-game media scrum as key contributors to the team’s come from behind 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday.
“It’s nice to win, but the two biggest points was the play of Eddie Lack,” he told the media. “Obviously he gives us a chance.
“It was good to see the team play for him in the third period cause he gave us the opportunity. And the play of Stanton—a young defenceman who continues to impress us.
“We’re glad we got the two points. You still have to look at the big picture, where we are going as a team. We find out a little bit about Eddie tonight and also a young defenceman that we just picked up.”
Tortorella was asked what about Stanton’s game impressed him.
“Just the way he plays within himself,” Tortorella explained. “He is not flashy. I think he understands positioning. He comes from a pretty good organization. He has been taught well. I just like his presence.”
Stanton picked up an assist on Mike Santorelli‘s overtime winner and Tortorella likened his willingness to take a risk as a young player.
“I just think he has a little jam to him. He makes a play, a backhand pass in overtime, up the middle of the ice to get us out of our end zone. A lot of young kids wouldn’t even try it. They’d throw it off the glass. I just like that. I like his moxie and positioning.”
The Canucks picked up Stanton off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks on September 30.