Vancouver Canucks Joel Perrault and Items You May Not Know

Nucks IceManCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18:  Joel Perrault #26 of the Phoenix Coyotes controls the puck during the NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on February 18, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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 I have already stated the obvious statistics about Joel Perrault when he was signed by the Canucks on free agency day, but I decided to do a little digging to see what else we didn’t know.

If you think, at age 27, that Perrault is going to be a late bloomer and his Upper Deck card is going to be of future value, you could purchase it now on ebay for $18.00 CDN.

Joel has had a tough and long climb to the NHL, which started with the 2001 Entry Draft where he was chosen 137th in round five.

He played three years in the QJMHL with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and then the next three seasons in the AHL with Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (two) and Portland Pirates (one).

It was during his stint with the Portland Pirates in 2005/06 when it looked like he might be heading out of hockey with his demotion to the ECHL Augusta Lynx.

Fortunately, he was rescued by the San Antonio Rampage and the slow climb up to the NHL began.

That was short lived, as he bounced around for the next three seasons (2005-08), between short stints with the NHL Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, then back to the AHL Peoria Rivermen, and finally to the San Antonio Rampage.

It was while Perrault was playing for the Rampage that he was called up again to the Phoenix Coyotes, where he had his biggest break, playing on the first line with Shane Doan for two and half months.

While playing in 49 games in the 2007/08 season, he scored seven goals, had 11 assists, accumulated 48 penalty minutes, and was a minus-11, but don’t read too much into the plus/minus number, because most of the Coyotes were in the minus column.

Perrault did play 78 games with the Coyotes, and the rest of the time was spent in San Antonio, where he produced 85 points in 93 games over two seasons.

It was while playing in the AHL that he caught the attention of Manitoba Moose GM Craig Heisinger, who, of course, had some input to the Vancouver Canucks free agency signing.

This takes us to this year when he was quoted in the Winnipeg Free Press as looking forward to a fresh start after more than four and a half years with the Phoenix organization, but did not think it would happen as quickly as July 1.

Perrault did get a one-way deal with the Canucks, which was the deal maker, otherwise he was going to play in Europe.

Summing up his thoughts on the Canucks he said, "It's a long season and teams get injuries." He continued, "My goal is to stay with Vancouver, but I've been through this up and down thing. You've got to keep your head up."

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