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THE ORBIT: Boucher on waivers as Comets camp nears

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As some of you may remember, I have moved out to Southern Ontario. While I will still be contributing Canucks content this season, my focus will be on the Canucks prospects in the AHL with the Utica Comets. We’re pretty excited to give you guys coverage of the kids, especially with the emphasis on building for the future the Canucks find themselves in.

It probably shouldn’t shock anyone, but Reid Boucher is on waivers for the 387th time in the last year. A bit of an exaggeration perhaps, but getting claimed by 3 separate teams in one season is out of the ordinary for sure.

Boucher is definitely a victim of the numbers game, and with high profile Canucks prospects like Jake Virtanen and Nikolay Goldobin among others still battling for a precious few forward spots, the Canucks are likely trying to get Boucher down to Utica while teams are still trying to sort out their own lineups and avoid losing a depth piece that could come in handy should they have another ridiculously injury-plagued season like the one they just suffered through.

The Canucks made 10 cuts on the weekend, the most notable being Jordan Subban, who once again failed to make an impression at the main camp. Despite an impressive AHL campaign which saw him represent Utica at the AHL All Star Game, it’s becoming more and more likely that Subban might be reaching his ceiling as a professional hockey player. I am sure some still hold out hope for Subban, knowing that defencemen do take longer to mature into the role. Even so, time is running out for him to follow in the footsteps of his famous brother.