If there was one prevailing sentiment at the first day of Canucks training camp here in Penticton, it’s that Canucks fans want Brendan Morrison to make the team. To a man, everyone we talked to thought his two-way game, faceoff ability and veteran leadership will fit in nicely with the current group Gillis has assembled. Certainly, they thought B-Mo, who is here only on a professional tryout, has more than enough game left to beat out some of the other candidates for the team’s bottom-six.
On the ice – wearing his old no. 7 by the way – Morrison didn’t look out of place. He skated with a group that included Bill Sweatt and Jeff Tambellini, and kept up with them just fine. He battled hard along the boards against much bigger guys like Victor Oreskvich and came out with the puck and made plays. Maybe he’s not the same Morrison from a few years ago, but he at least looks capable of winning a job. And I know it was only the first day of camp, but certainly a lot of people are pulling for him to do so.