According to Elliott Pap (Vancouver Sun), there’s good news on the Canucks injury front. First, on Alex Edler: “Eddie has gone from week-to-week to day-to-day but obviously not tomorrow,” Vigneault said after preparing his skaters for Friday’s date with the soaring Washington Capitals. Edler hurt his left shoulder Dec. 8 in Nashville when checked into the sideboards by Shea Weber. The hard-shooting Swede has been skating for five days so his conditioning is not an issue. He’s just concerned about the shoulder’s ability to withstand body contact. Second, on Michael Grabner: Meanwhile, rookie Michael Grabner is also close to returning,...Click here to read more.
With all the injuries at the start of the season the Canucks managed to get out of a sticky situation with too many players on the roster. They didn’t have to deal with the bubble players, and they tapped the Manitoba Moose dry of NHL worthy players. With players gradually returning from injury, the question of who deserves a roster spot has to be revisited. The Canucks blue line has been stocked full of players and fortunately hasn’t been hit by the injury bug, however when you look at the forwards roster, it looks like now is the time to...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com Three years after the Canucks selected him with the 14th overall draft pick, Michael Grabner will finally make his NHL debut. The Vancouver Canucks have recalled forward Michael Grabner from the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose. Grabner, Vancouver’s first-round draft choice in 2006, will make his NHL debut Friday when the Canucks play in Calgary. The 23-year-old Austrian is considered a scoring winger, a better finisher than playmaker. He has four goals and six points in five games with Manitoba this season. Over the last two AHL seasons, Grabner has 52 goals. Grabner’s early season play had...Click here to read more.
I’m actually not surprised that the first call-ups this season worked out to be Tanner Glass, Guilluame Desbiens and Aaron Rome, over say, Michael Grabner. Remember that the Canucks promoted Mason Raymond to the second line to replace Sergei Shirokov, and promoted Steve Bernier to the first line to replace Daniel Sedin; and thus, they needed to replace Shirokov and Raymond on Kyle Wellwood’s third line. At the time, the Canucks were looking for defensively-responsible bottom-six players and Glass and Desbiens fit that profile better than Grabner. But the lineup in Sunday’s win against the Dallas Stars had mixed results....Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.com Since Mike Gillis took over as Canucks GM, there has been a lot of talk about pouring more resources into scouting and player development. After two off-seasons now, it’s easy to see the positive impacts this has had in the system. I don’t think it’s a secret that Cody Hodgson and Michael Grabner disappointed this preseason, but looking at the bigger picture, we’ve now found out that the organization is deep enough that the team doesn’t have to rush them into the big leagues. They can afford to keep guys like Jordan Schroeder (NCAA), Anton Rodin (Sweden)...Click here to read more.
When I went to UBC to watch the first day of Canucks training camp, one of the things I immediately noticed was how frustrated Michael Grabner looked. His body language sagged and he muttered under his breath with every missed scoring chance – odd responses considering that he was coming off his best season in the AHL. His frustration and lack of confidence has obviously carried over into his preseason play. While guys like Mason Raymond, Sergei Shirokov, and to lesser extents, Cody Hodgson and Jannik Hansen have stood out positively in the last week or so, Grabner has grabbed...Click here to read more.
So, it’s been a while, eh? This lovely summer weather hit and I turned into a total blogger slacker. I do apologize my lovelies. – The Penguins win last night delighted me. There’s a lot of guys I like individually on the Wings but I just wanted it more for the Penguins. Tangers made me weep when he mentioned Luc Bourdon and winning it with him. That is why I wanted the Penguins to pull it off. Geno Malkin was ALL KINDS of adorable in his post game interview. Oh the broken English “Big day…my life…my friends happy…I happy” Ahhhhh....Click here to read more.
– It appears I’m jumping on the Penguins bandwagon for the rest of the playoffs. The Wings don’t need another Cup. As much as like a bunch of their players, as a whole team I just can’t get behind them. I’ve tried embracing this crush on the Blackhawks that the NHL keeps pimpin, but I can’t do it. They’re kind of whiney and I find I giggle too much when they do badly. The Canes are pretty cool actually. But I’m chillin with the Penguins because of two things 1) MALKIN. His hat trick last night, especially the third goal,...Click here to read more.
– Cody Hodgson made his Moose debut tonight and scored his first pro point as the Moose took game one against the Aeros 2-1. That’s so exciting! If Canucks fans get what they’re hoping for, Cody won’t spend much time at all with the Moose, but it’s nice to see he’s fitting in so well. It sounds like Cory Scheider was great as well because the baby Canucks were outshot 32-18. It’s going to be good news for Gillis if guys like Cody, Cory, and Michael Grabner can step in for the big team next season. Game summary here –...Click here to read more.
Canucks go fishing for a big win (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Wellwood, Pyatt, humble, hopeful (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks will try to stop history repeating itself against Sharks (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) What is ailing the Sharks (David Pollak and Mark Emmons, Mercury News) Prospects make patience pay (Gary Lawless, Winnipeg Free Press)Click here to read more.