SECOND LINE PROBLEMS
By Colin Hope
Vancouver’s second line, already without centre Ryan Kesler, took another hit Tuesday.
Coach Alain Vigneault announced an MRI revealed David Booth has a strained groin and will miss the next 4-6 weeks. Booth injured himself Sunday during the off-ice testing phase of the Canucks training camp, according Vigneault.
The injury opens the door for two Chicago Wolves call-ups, Andrew Ebbett and Jordan Schroeder, who have impressed the coaching staff through the first three days of camp.
"Andrew last year played left-wing and centre for us, killed penalties and played a little bit of power-play,” said Vigneault. “Jordan has sort of done the same thing. We will have to see where those guys fit in the overall picture of our hockey team, but both of them have looked real good the first three days."
Ebbett dressed in 18 games for the Canucks last season collecting five goals and an assist. The 30-year-old is currently second on the Wolves in scoring with 21 points. Schroeder, Vancouver's 2009 1st round pick, is just two points behind.
Despite the loss of two of the team's top scorers prior to the season beginning, Vigneault says it will be business as usual. "I don't think I'm going to change. I'd like to be able to play four lines and spread the minutes around in an ideal world."
In sticking with the four line approach Vigneault let it be known the coaching staff will be "expecting more, be it Chris Higgins, Maxim [Lapierre], guys like [Jannik] Hansen, Manny [Malhotra], Dale Weise, etcetera."
Training camp continues with the Canucks hosting free inter-squad scrimmages Wednesday and Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Rogers Arena.