You are/were a Canucks fan and he used to play there so you probably have some tint in your glasses from when he was plain old SOB on the Canucks forums. The Kool-Aid can be hard to shake from the system.
I'm not saying he's vastly improved or whatever, but he's on a different team with a different philosophy and coach. Try and view him neutrally, however hard that might be.
He has still been the worse defenseman whether I had an opinion coming into the season about him. The problems that he had in Van so far are still here (dumb penlites, slow, seems confused with the puck) so it is hard to try and give him a fresh start when I see no growth.
Also shouldn't a mod make a new thread now we are well over the 1000 mark.