As the Canucks hit the road for the first of two road games starting tonight in Edmonton, they have sent three players down to Utica to join the Comets training camp. No surprises here as Jonah Gadjovich, Vincent Arsenault and Michael DiPietro weren’t going to stick with the parent squad.
The non-playing group is out on the ice right now, featuring the likes of Pettersson, Hughes, Edler, Myers, Sutter, Virtanen and Goldobin to name a few. The group that will travel to Edmonton will skate at 10:45ish. #Canucks— Brendan Batchelor (@BatchHockey) September 19, 2019
Lines in morning skate for the #Canucks group that will make the trip to Edmonton:— Brendan Batchelor (@BatchHockey) September 19, 2019
A fairly experienced Top 6, plus Jacob Markstrom getting his first preseason action for the Canucks tonight. Brogan Rafferty draws in again after sitting the Tuesday night contest, paired with Oscar Fantenberg.
This means that players battling for spots are gonna get at least this game to make an impression on Travis Green and Jim Benning, with the Canucks still needing to cut another 20 to get to the 23 man limit for the start of the season. I would imagine that Reid Boucher, Kole Lind and Loui Eriksson all get a ton of icetime tonight.
They’ll go up against almost the same Oilers lineup that they defeated on Tuesday night:
Nygard-McLeod-Neal— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) September 19, 2019
is expected lineup tonight.
While that D should be a little better than the one the Canucks faced on Tuesday, that’s still an awful lot of AHL talent up front.
Meanwhile, as the Canucks try to make decisions in terms of some players, Elliotte Friedman says they may be shopping as many as 5 players right now, to make room for some youngsters that have earned a spot and/or clear up cap space.