No Panic in Canuckland
So what’s all the fuss? Injuries are part of game, that’s why you cultivate your farm team.
Canucks GM Mike Gillis has done a good job of trying to re-stock a depleted farm system, and we all know injuries are going to occur in a season. But so many, so early, it did catch me by surprise.
But I’m sure Vancouver’s management has been planning all summer for the inevitable.
No I’m not talking about Sami Salo, poor guy. His injuries are a yearly thing you can set your calendar to.
What I’m referring to is the condensed schedule this year due to the Olympics, which see the 'Nucks on a nine game road trip before and six games after.
That must be, like, the longest road trip in NHL history!
That’s where the injuries will take their toll.
The team would need at a minimum nine defensemen, with the seven through nine being able to fill the five or six spot.
What the injuries also cause is cap room problems. But that’s what teams' capologists are for, but that’s for another day.
The Power Play Specialist
With Mathieu Schneider scheduled to come back in a couple of weeks...
The Secret Surprise
...and Christian Ehrhoff performing so well on the power play and penalty kill, the 'Nucks will be just fine without Salo, unlike years gone by.
It just shows you the depth that Vancouver has built at the defense position.
The Have Nots
Hey you Toronto fans, take note!
That’s a little dig for my eastern colleague, Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter, who just happens to be the Number 1 NHL writer for Bleacher Report. So don’t forget to check him out.
And on the Farm We Have
Meanwhile down on the farm (Manitoba Moose), a player that caught my eye in training camp and obviously the 'Nucks coaches' and management's eyes as well, Evan Oberg.
Add in Nathan McIver (26 NHL games)...
Number nine is just fine
...and Mike Funk, and the main team has some adequate short term backup, at the six spot.
With the recall of Michael Grabner, surprise, surprise, we can all hope that somehow, his AHL scoring prowess, transfers to the NHL. At least he didn’t go down to the farm and pout, and by now you all have read his stats with the Moose from my previous article.
As they say down in the state of Missouri, “show me”!