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Quick Hit: Shinkaruk sent down; Grenier called up

Hunter Shinkaruk sent back down to Utica in favour of Alex Grenier.

Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks have recalled Alex Grenier from the Utica Comets. He replaces Hunter Shinkaruk, who was sent back down after playing his first NHL game on Monday.

Grenier, 24, has never played an NHL game, but has impressed in past Canucks camps, and General Manager Jim Benning has praised his strong physical game.

At 6'3", Grenier brings an element of physicality that Shinkaruk can't. If he's called upon against Winnipeg this evening, that physicality will be important versus a heavy-hitting Jets team.

Grenier has two goals and seven points in 12 games so far this year and had 17 goals and 43 points last year.

Shinkaruk, a first round pick from 2013, will go back to the AHL, where he had a terrific start to the year. His 10 goals and 13 points lead his team in both categories. The Comets don't play again until the 20th.