Thursday, September 28, 2006

10 More Players Cut

From canucks.com:

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have reduced their roster by 10 players. The Vancouver Canucks roster is now at 25 players.

The following players have been assigned to the Manitoba Moose:

Bouck, Tyler Right Wing
Brown, Mike Right Wing
Edler, Alexander Defence
Goren, Lee Right Wing
MacIntyre, Drew Goaltender
McIver, Nathan Defence
Reid, Brandon Centre
Schultz, Jesse Right Wing
Tremblay, Yannick Defence

The following player has been assigned to his junior team:

Grabner, Michael Right Wing
With the exception maybe of Tyler Bouck and Jesse Schultz, it's not a surprise to see anyone from that list start this season in the minors. Bouck, who came to camp as the Canucks' best-conditioned player, was outplayed by Alexandre Burrows and Rick Rypien; one of those two will fill Jarkko Ruutu's role, and based on a few preseason games, may be effective doing so. Schultz, who was penciled in to replace Anson Carter's offense, simply isn't ready to compete with the faster and more physical NHL game.

Brandon Reid showed everyone that he still has the speed, flash and dash from the last time he was in a Canucks uniform three years ago. But he also showed that he has the same finish as back then as well - that is, not a lot. He'll still make spot appearances in Vancouver throughout the season as a call-up.

Michael Grabner also made a big impression on the Canucks. After sticking him in a room with Markus Naslund during training camp, Grabner showed glimpses of his speed and skill that made him the 14th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was one of the team's best forwards in a 5-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks a week ago; the Canucks dressed him for a couple more games after that then signed him to a three-year entry level contract.

The biggest beneficiaries of this latest round of Canucks roster cuts are the Manitoba Moose (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun).

Starting goalie, check.

Pure goal scorer with something to prove, check.

Consummate power forward who won’t hang his head while playing in his hometown, check.

Dynamic centre coming back from Europe who has been dominant at this level and longs to return to the NHL, check.

Potential No. 1 defenceman to run the power play, check.Stud rookie blue-liner and punishing sophomore defenceman, check and the odd cross-check if you happen to be standing in front of the Moose net.

It was a tough day for the psyche of several players assigned by the Vancouver Canucks to the Manitoba Moose but there’s no doubt the American Hockey League club improved exponentially yesterday.
By the weekend, the Canucks will re-assign 3 or 4 more players. Crunch time for Josh Green, Jannik Hansen, Rick Rypien, Tommi Santala, Rory Fitzpatrick, Luc Bourdon and Patrick Coloumbe.

[update: 09/28/06, 7:41 PM]

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