Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Canucks Cut Roster by 10

The Vancouver Canucks cut 10 players from their roster today, with one surprise to many somewhat hopeful fans. Jordon Schroeder, or is it Schraeder, was sent to the Manitoba Moose to start their training camp this week. Jordan Schroeder is US born player who starred at last year's World Junior Championships, helping Team USA upset Team Canada in the final game.  It was his play at this tournament which had Canuck fans hopeful for a continued, somewhat speedy rise to a roster spot on the NHL club this season.  It appears that is not to be, at least for the start of this NHL season. 

The Canucks are poised to have a solid lineup of forwards, with veteran tryout players Peter Schaefer and Brendan Morrison making solid bids to make the club. I would've called Morrison the front runner over his long ago teammate, but Morrison was involved in that 8-2 debacle of a loss to Edmonton two nights ago, which can't help his cause to make the club on a professional try out basis.  Morrison played just over 14 minutes in the game, ended a minus 2, took the first penalty for a lazy hook which was subsequently resulted in a power play goal by the Oilers two minutes into the game. This certainly set an ominous tone  for Canuck fans, and the tone became reality as the Canucks were outclassed, outworked and ran out of the rink by an Oilers team pegged by many to be one of the worst in the NHL's Western Conference this year. 

By looking at the stat sheet, Kevin "Boom Boom" Bieksa seemed to have the best night of all Vancouver players, playing 22 minutes and managing to finish EVEN in the +/- category, despite not registering a point.  This seems lost on many fans at CDC who are calling for Bieksa to be traded.  It's very surprising to this blogger that Bieksa has created this kind of animosity within Canuck Nation. 

The Canucks play the San Jose Sharks in back to back, home and home games Tuesday and Wednesday, with the Canucks hosting the first of the matches on Tuesday at The Garage (I will NOT call it R*&^S Arena), at 7:00pm on Sportsnet Pacific.

Here is the list of now Manitoba Moose:

Nolan Baumgartner, Defence
Mario Bliznak, Centre
Kevin Connauton, Defence
Evan Oberg, Defence
Prab Rai, Left Wing
Jordan Schroeder, Centre
Chris Tanev, Defence
Aaron Volpatti, Forward
Sean Zimmerman, Defence
Travis Ramsey Defence

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