Thursday, January 25, 2007

'Nucks Get Genoway

The Vancouver Canucks needed another scoring forward so they went ahead and got one. For the Moose.

The Vancouver Canucks acquired minor-league winger Colby Genoway from the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday in exchange for AHL defenceman Joe Rullier.

Genoway, 23, had eight goals and 29 points in 41 games with AHL Portland this season. He signed with Anaheim as a free agent over the summer.
I'm not even going to pretend I know anything about Genoway, though based on his AHL numbers (41 GP, 8G-21A- 29P, +15) and Hockey Futures write-up, he seems to have some scoring pop:

Genoway is in his second full season in the AHL and has continued the scoring ways that saw him finish eighth in rookie scoring a year ago. Playing mostly on the top line, he's been in the top three in scoring this year and is tops amongst all Portland players in plus/minus.
He was also named the Pirates' player of the week, the second time this season he's earned that honor.

I asked Finny (girl with a puck), who follows the Ducks and Portland Pirates, for some additional insight on Genoway:

I've seen some posts on MySpace from fans in Portland, and I understand that Genoway is a solid player... Pirate fans are bemoaning Burke's moves, angry that he's giving away/giving up the "better" players. I remember him from training camp, and I did like his performance there.
She also points out, however:

He was among the second to last group of players to be cut from the Ducks team during camp, but looking at his co-players that were cut? A bunch of them were called-up to play for us this season, including: Michael Wall, Curtis Glencross, Kent Huskins, David McKee (though he hasn't yet played a game for the Ducks), Bjorn Melin, Aaron Rome (even if he only played in one game).
The immediate impact of this trade will most likely be in Manitoba. Joe Rullier was a veteran defenseman, who, because of the AHL's veteran limit, was often a healthy scratch anyway. At least the Canucks were able to turn him into a player with offensive upside, something we know the organization doesn't have a lot of.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:16 AM


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