The Vancouver Canucks have announced roster moves in advance of the 2 pm deadline for roster compliance. They'll keep one player on a PTO, release another and let Emerson Etem's weak camp send him to waivers.
That means Jake Virtanen, Jack Skille and Brendan Gaunce will all be on the opening night roster. Anton Rodin will start the season on IR (not LTIR, however), so he can be brought back sooner than 10 games, per Ben Kuzma.
Rodin will be placed on Injury Reserve — not Long Term Injury Reserve — to make him available sooner. LTIR is 10 games and 24 days. #Canucks— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) October 11, 2016
Etem will be placed on waivers Wednesday. Skille will be signed to one-year, one-way deal, standard for PTOs. #Canucks— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) October 11, 2016
It appears the opening night roster will look like this:
More comments from Coach Willie and Jim Benning on the roster decisions:
"Gaunce deserves to get a chance here. He put in a lot of time in the summer and his fitness level is near the top of the team." -Desjardins— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 11, 2016
"Skille plays hard, big body, goes to the net hard. He plays left or right and brings it every night." - Desjardins— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 11, 2016
"This year we were deeper and Emerson didn't have a bad camp, but other players were better." - Coach Desjardins— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 11, 2016
Benning: Canucks will continue to monitor Virtanen's play. If it's not at the level they need, Utica is an option down the road— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) October 11, 2016
Jim Benning on Gaunce: "He can play C or wing. His attention to detail is really good. He can kill penalties & he's reliable." #Canucks— Canucks Now (@CanucksNow) October 11, 2016
Skille was Chicago's first pick in 2005. Since then, he has bounced around the league a fair bit, playing in Chicago, Florida, Columbus, and Colorado. His stats from hockey-reference.com are below: