Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that right winger, Michael Grabner has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.
“My goal was to just work on my game [in Manitoba], and get up here as quick as I can and get another chance,” said Grabner. “I’m just going to try and go out there and do what I do in Winnipeg. It’s up to me now. I’m playing with great payers and I just got to take the chance and do what I do, and try to score some goals.”
“Michael is an offensive player with great speed and a pretty good touch around the net,” said head coach Alain Vigneault. “We’re hoping he’ll be able to fill that role for us.”
At 6’1” and 180lbs. the speedy Villach, Austria, native got off to a great start notching four goals and two assists in four games (4-2-6) with the Moose.
Last season Grabner, 22, recorded 30 goals and 18 assists (30-18-48) in 66 games with the Moose.
SALO OUT 3-5 WEEKS
With the recent injuries of forward Daniel Sedin (foot) and defenceman Sami Salo (knee), the Canucks now look towards players to step up and fill the void as they battle through adversity early this season.
“[Sami Salo] got his MRI yesterday and the doctors haven’t told me how they’ve come out, but our Doc’s and our therapist suspect that it’s an MCL,” revealed Coach AV. “At first view they’re thinking anywhere from 3-5 weeks.”
“We’ve got a couple of key components to our group right now that are missing and this is a great opportunity for some other guys to step in,” said AV.
Because the Canucks will likely not call up any defencemen, Christian Ehrhoff, 27, who made his Canucks debut this season, is expected to get an increase in ice time to fill the hole on the blueline.
"You always have something to prove to yourself, “said Ehrhoff.” I think the thing I have to prove is they brought me in here for a reason. I want to show I belong here. I want to be out there in tough situations, in the last minutes of games. I hope I can earn their confidence.”
"He's really shown a lot the last three games," said assistant coach Rick Bowness said. "We're still trying to analyze this guy. We just got him. We watched him through training camp. You evaluate players over a long period of time before you found out what you really have.”
At 6’2”, 200lbs. the Moers, Germany native has one goal and four assists (1-4-5) in five games with the Canucks this season. Ehrhoff finished off the 2008.09 season with eight goals and 34 assists (8-34-42) in 77 games with the San Jose Sharks.
Lines at practice:
Burrows – H. Sedin – Grabner
Raymond – Kesler - Samuelsson
Bernier – Wellwood- Johnson
Hordichuk – Rypien – Glass
Bieksa – Mitchell
O’Brien – Ehrhoff
Coach AV also had Samuelsson playing the point on the team’s first unit power-play, alongside Bieksa and forwards H. Sedin, Burrows, and Bernier.