Now that the second Peter Schaefer era in Canucks history is over, it’s easier to comment on the team’s decision to sign him in the first place.
To recap, Schaefer and Brendan Morrison both attended the Canucks’ training camp in Penticton on a tryout basis.
Morrison shone throughout camp and the preseason. He showed his versatility. Schaefer wasn’t horrible, but at the same time, he was only average.
By the end of it of course, Morrison was released and Schaefer was given a two-way contract.
While Schaefer cleared waivers yesterday – and placed on waivers a second time today for the purpose of releasing him – Morrison has thrived in Calgary, giving the Flames exactly what the Canucks need.
In 21 games, Morrison has 15 points (4 goals and 11 assists). On the Canucks, only Henrik and Daniel have more points.
He’s played some center and some wing. He’s played mostly on the Flames’ bottom-six but has, on occasion, moved up to the first two lines.
After missing Burrows for the first month of the season, losing Bolduc in the season opener, and getting inconsistent performances from the likes of Schaefer, Bliznak, Glass and Rypien, how good would Morrison have looked in their place?
Good on Schaefer for trying to resurrect his career. Good on him for succeeding, even if the ride lasted for just 16 games.
But with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I wonder how much better the Canucks would be if they had signed the player who played better in camp, and as it turns out, continues to play well in Calgary.