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Canucks Sign Drew Shore for Balance of 2016-17 Season

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Shore just finished a season in Switzerland where he put up 48 points in 50 games.

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The Vancouver Canucks are dipping back into the pool Calgary Flames prospects who couldn’t quite crack the big club. Today they announced the signing of Drew Shore for the rest of the season. He’ll join the Canucks, assuming he clears reentry waivers. Since he was not on Vancouver’s reserve list, he has to clear waivers before joining the team.

Shore was a second round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in 2009. The Calgary Flames acquired him in January 2015 for Corbin Knight, per Hockey-Reference.com.Shore last played in North America in 2015-16, putting up 10 goals and 28 assists for the AHL Stockton Heat.

He signed as a free agent with EHC Kloten in the Swiss League this past season, putting up 24 goals and 24 assists in 50 games. He was loaned to HC Davos for the Spengler Cup, where he had 2 goals and 2 assists in 3 games during the tournament. (All stats from Eliteprospects.com).

A Denver native, Shore’s brother Nick Shore plays for the LA Kings, his brother Quentin Shore is in the Kings system, and his youngest brother Baker Shore is draft eligible this year.

While Drew Shore stuggled to stay in the NHL during his first try, his impressive stay in Switzerland makes this a decent gamble for the Canucks. Some players just take longer to get it than others.

Given the injuries and illnesses afflicting Canucks players lately, Shore’s signing means the Canucks can avoid buring another post-trade deadline callup from Utica, too.

Markus Granlund is friends with Shore and is happy to have him in Vancouver. I wonder if there is a John Weisbrod connection from his time with the Flames.