In his post game interview, Alain Vigneault called out Michael Grabner, basically saying that he is going to have to play better if he is going to make the team. Grabner continually looks lost out there in the offensive zone especially. At this point it's almost fair to say that he will not make the team this year, barring an insane turnaround in his play / output over the remainder of preseason.
AV mentioned that Sergei Shirokov has a mild knee? sprain and won't be available until next weekend. Bummer.
The Canucks-Oilers game was rather boring to say the least, but at least we got a good look at Cody Hodgson (who looked like it was his first game), Tanner Glass, Evan Oberg (who I thought was terrific). Only Bieksa played more minutes than Oberg. Vigneault had good things to say about him.
A couple more points from the game:
-Mikael Samuelsson seems like a guy who slowly gets better as the game goes along. I'm not overly impressed with him yet though.
-Alexander Edler was a beast out there. He cranked the puck any chance he could and scored the opeing goal. All this talk about getting a good puck-moving defenceman and here we have Edler who can skate with speed, confidence and poise out of his own zone. He can also quaterback a power play with ease. He will make us forget about Mattias Ohlund I'm sure.
-Jannik Hansen was great. Period.
-Brad Lukowich continues his steady play. I hope this guy makes the team. We need that calming effect back there.
-OK, who put the crack in Ryan Johnson's cereal? This guy is skating faster than I've seen him skate before. Ballsy. Tenacious. Great player.