The Canucks roster has been a little bit chaotic more than the very last week or so, with numerous players leaving and becoming a member of the roster. With the NHL trade deadline much less than a week absent, there may be extra moves to arrive, so let’s choose inventory of the existing Canucks roster and the injuries and transactions that have led us right here.
Let us commence with the injuries.
For a brief second right after the All-Star break and the Canucks’ bye week, the Canucks ended up 100% healthy, or at the very least as healthy as hockey groups get. And, for that brief second, the Canucks appeared excellent. They wiped the ground with the Colorado Avalanche in a 5-1 drubbing and appeared poised for a sturdy put up-All-Star push for the playoffs.
However, that healthiness lasted just a single match.
Sven Baertschi missed the Canucks’ subsequent match towards the Philadelphia Flyers. The Canucks ended up swift to say that it was not a concussion, but it turned out what they meant was it was not a new concussion. Baertschi has been out considering the fact that February 2nd — 8 online games — with put up-concussion syndrome and there’s no timetable for his return.
In that match towards the Flyers, the Canucks’ took another blow to their lineup, as Alex Edler received his adhere tangled up in Jakub Voracek’s skates and fell deal with very first to the ice. Even though he managed to prevent facial fractures, he has however been out considering the fact that February 4th — 7 online games — with a concussion. He’s skating on his very own, but has yet to return to apply and there is no timetable for his return at this issue.
It turned out that Thatcher Demko was also hurt prior to that match, struggling a knee sprain all through warm-up. He’s been out considering the fact that February 4th as properly and, though he has skated on his very own, he has not returned to apply yet. Ideally he will not be out for too a lot lengthier.
Brandon Sutter missed the Canucks’ disastrous match towards the San Jose Sharks on February 11th with an undisclosed personal injury that is rumoured to be a groin difficulty that will hold him out for at the very least two months. He has missed 4 online games and isn’t back at apply yet, but could return to motion by the end of the month.
As we’re all properly conscious at this issue, Jacob Markstrom was also hurt for that match towards the Sharks, although he however sat on the bench as the ostensible backup. His “lower human body tightness” did not ever choose him out of the lineup, although it’s unclear where by his wellbeing is at correct now. In any circumstance, he’s practising and is predicted to engage in on Thursday.
Chris Tanev endured an ankle personal injury in the Canucks’ February 13th match towards the Anaheim Ducks, likely when Ryan Getzlaf awkwardly fell on his foot. He has missed two online games, with no timetable for his return.
Jake Virtanen also received hurt by Getzlaf, who fractured his rib on an “accidental” collision in the neutral zone absent from the puck. Virtanen has missed two online games and is predicted to be out for a month.
Which is absolutely everyone. Not such as Markstrom, that’s six Canucks dealing with injuries of varying severity. It contains a single goaltender, two defencemen, and a few forwards: a full starting up lineup on the IR.
With all all those injuries, the Canucks have had to make a bevy of transactions to fill out their roster. Let us tackle them in chronological order.
Right after Edler’s personal injury, the Canucks known as up defenceman Guillaume Brisebois from the Utica Comets as personal injury insurance plan. He spent two months with the Canucks just before finding despatched back down to the AHL on Tuesday, and appeared in two NHL online games, albeit with much less than 10 minutes of ice time in each of them.
Michael DiPietro received the simply call-up from the OHL on an emergency basis when Demko received hurt. Only predicted to backup Markstrom, DiPietro as an alternative received thrust into motion towards the San Jose Sharks. He has considering the fact that returned to the OHL.
With Baertschi previously out for a week, the Canucks known as up Zack MacEwen from the Comets on February 10th. He has appeared in 4 online games with the Canucks and is however on the roster.
On February 12th, Adam Gaudette received the simply call with Sutter out of the lineup. Gaudette right away created an impact with a two-issue night time towards the Los Angeles Kings, but has however averaged a tiny beneath 10 minutes for every match in ice time more than the very last a few online games. He’s likely with the Canucks to stay at this issue, but that’s not a certainty.
The identical day, the Canucks traded their 7th-round select in 2020 to the New York Rangers for goaltender Marek Mazanec. His addition and the wellbeing of Markstrom meant DiPietro could go back to the Ottawa 67’s.
With Tanev out, the Canucks known as up Luke Schenn, who the Canucks had formerly acquired from the Anaheim Ducks in the Michael Del Zotto trade in mid-January. Schenn has yet to engage in a match with the Canucks, but is however on the roster.
On February 16th, the Canucks traded Sam Gagner to the Edmonton Oilers for Ryan Spooner. Even though Spooner has yet to engage in a match for the Canucks, he’s predicted to phase straight into the Canucks’ prime-six. He could provide as a substitute for Baertschi if he is out extensive-phrase, although he could also supply another justification to scratch Nikolay Goldobin.
When Brisebois was despatched back down to Utica, Ashton Sautner received the simply call up on February 19th. Sautner played 5 online games for the Canucks very last season and did not search out of place. He’s dealt with some personal injury problems in the AHL this season, which is why Brisebois in the beginning received known as up ahead of him.
The Canucks also signed Michael Leighton to a a single year, two-way agreement and set him as a result of waivers to engage in for the Comets. He cleared waivers on Wednesday.
So, where by does that depart the Canucks?
Primarily based on line rushes at Wednesday’s apply, the Canucks will likely go with the following lineup on Thursday:
Josh Leivo – Bo Horvat – Tyler Motte
Ryan Spooner – Elias Pettersson – Brock Boeser
Antoine Roussel – Adam Gaudette – Markus Granlund
Loui Eriksson – Jay Beagle – Zack MacEwen
Ben Hutton – Troy Stecher
Derrick Pouliot – Alex Biega
Ashton Sautner – Erik Gudbranson
Scratches: Nikolay Goldobin, Tim Schaller, Luke Schenn
Hurt: Sven Baertschi, Brandon Sutter, Jake Virtanen, Alex Edler, Chris Tanev, Thatcher Demko
Maintain in thoughts, of class, that head coach Travis Green is infamous for placing with each other lines in apply that do not get utilised in impending online games. We will have to wait around and see how the lines shake out on Thursday.