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CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Making The Cut

The way Ryan Shannon and Mason Raymond played in the preseason, it wasn't a surprise that they survived the Canucks' final cuts (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province):

One came to camp expecting to make the team, the other isn't taking anything for granted yet, but both deserve to be Canucks based on merit.

Ryan Shannon and Mason Raymond made the final cut, surprising some who didn't think there would be room on the roster for two small speedsters.

Both made it impossible for coach Alain Vigneault to send either down to Manitoba.
Hopefully, both will not only inject some speed in the lineup, but some scoring as well (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province):

Canucks captain Markus Naslund said he welcomes any addition to team speed.

"Any guy that comes in and has skill and speed and understands the game is going to help us," he said. "Obviously, they've looked at what we've been missing and the offensive part of our team has room for improvement. I think it'll be a good fit to bring these guys in and give them a chance to show they can help us out."

Based on lines at practice Monday, Raymond was back with the Sedin twins, while Shannon was with Naslund and Ryan Kesler.

"It's great to have speed, but it's a matter of doing something with your speed," Naslund said of Shannon and Raymond. "These guys seem to be able to do things at full speed and know where they're going and where to put the puck."
Alex Edler and Nathan McIver are also with the team for now.

Those who weren't as lucky (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun):

Former first-round picks Luc Bourdon and Michael Grabner were among eight players cut Monday by the Vancouver Canucks.

Bourdon, selected 10th overall in 2005, and Grabner, chosen 14th in 2006, were equally mediocre throughout training camp and the pre-season so their demotions came as no surprise.

Bourdon and Grabner will be joined in Manitoba by oft-injured Rick Rypien, Mike Brown, Patrick Coulombe, Jason Jaffray and Jannik Hansen, the latter out with a broken thumb.

Veteran defenceman Dan McGillis, in camp on a tryout, was released.
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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 3:24 AM

2 Comments:

At October 02, 2007 11:24 AM, Anonymous Isabella said...

I'm a little disappointed about Hansen. He kind of disappeared after the first few games. Though no surprise about Bourdon--he needs a nice sit-down dinner with Dr Phil to sort out some Issues.

 
At October 03, 2007 3:59 AM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

Hansen was injured so that was just bad luck, though the way Shannon and Raymond stepped it up, he might have been the odd man out anyway.

Bourdon is young and needs time in the AHL. A year or two there should do him good.

 

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