The Vancouver Canucks announced today that winger Jonas Andersson has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.
Andersson, 29, last played North American hockey in the 2002-03 season when he suited up in five games with the Nashville Predators. After seven years in the Finnish Elite League and the Kontinental Hockey League, Andersson made the decision to return to North America with the Predators for a second crack at the NHL.
Little known is about Andersson, but he told The Nashville Tennessean back in September that his game is about speed.
"That's what I build my game around, working out in the summertime on my strength and speed and quickness. That's pretty much how I play," Andersson said.
"I tend to focus more on the explosive parts on my skating. During the summer, I tried to lose a few pounds on the upper body and build my game even more because it's about quick starts and stops."
EliteProspects.com describes him as a "fast-skating winger, [who] likes driving the net and firing the puck. Creates scoring chances on his own with his speed. Plays a hard game and will instigate physical play."
Mason Raymond is expected to return from the flu to take his spot on the second line with Ryan Kesler and Jeff Tambellini. Jannik Hansen will be on the third line with Raffi Torres and Manny Malhotra.
Joel Perrault re-assigned to Moose
It was expected that Joel Perrault would eventually find his way back onto the Moose because he has been largely ineffective in the seven games he has played with the big club.
A premier offensive player in the American Hockey League, the Canucks had hoped he could play the role of a solid two-way fourth line centre, but Perrault was easily muscled off the puck by stronger opposing fourth liners and could not be trusted with a defensive zone draw.