Who's this guy?
Born: September 29, 1990 in Lakeville, Minnesota
What'd he do?
Jordan Schroeder was one of the many Canucks bitten by the injury bug this season. Schroeder played in just three games before missing over three months recovering from ankle surgery. Schroeder initially suffered the injury blocking a shot against the Oilers during the preseason and re-fractured it against Pittsburgh back on October 19. Schroeder returned to the Canucks in a big way, scoring two goals against the Oilers on January 27. However, that was about Schroeder's only bright spot of the season as he scored just one goal the rest of the season. After his two-goal performance, Schroeder logged a season-high 19:42 of ice time against the Blackhawks in the next game, but as the year went on, we never saw as much of Schroeder. In the final month and a half of the season, Schroeder saw less than 10 minutes of ice time seven different times. As much as I like to see young players succeed in the NHL, Schroeder wasn't of much value to the Canucks this year.
So was he any good?
Schroder didn't have much time on ice this season, so it's tough to gage what kind of impact he could've made with more time out there. Unfortunately for Schroeder, he's had a tough time dealing with injuries early in his career. One can only imagine the level of frustration a player must have after going down in the opening weeks of the season for such an extended period of time. John Tortorella said his lack of minutes were due to a lack of consistency and if he had made some better decisions while out there, he would've seen more ice time. When you're as far down in the lineup as Schroeder is, you need to make the most out of your short time on ice, and that was something Schroeder just couldn't deliver with enough consistency to make any sort of impact this year for the Canucks.
What'd we like?
Cool. So what did we hate?
While Schroeder has put up some respectable numbers in the minors, those numbers just haven't translated well to his time in the NHL. After his two-goal performance on January 27, Schroeder posted just one goal and three assists the rest of the way out. Things looked promising in his return against the Oilers, but when Schroeder was given more minutes as a result of his performance, he simply came up empty, registering just one point in his next 10 games. Like I stated above, when you're in Schroeder's position, fighting for ice time, and you're given that opportunity, you better be ready to do something with that chance. Schroeder did not, and his minutes took a hit as a result. In the final month of the season, Schroeder played more than 10 minutes just once.
So what now?
Schroeder's future with the Canucks is uncertain. Schroeder is a restricted free agent this offseason and has indicated he would like to remain with the franchise. However, I just don't see much value in the young center. Bo Horvat, Vancouver's first round prize pick last season, will be at Vancouver's prospect camp in July where all eyes will be on him. Schroeder was given plenty of ice time after returning from injury, but just couldn't deliver any sort of production outside of his two-goal performance. It's the season of changes around Vancouver, and Schroeder could very well be one of those changes the franchise makes this offseason. As high of hopes I initially had for the kid, I just haven't seen anything from him to prove he can play a role in a turnaround for the Canucks.