The Vancouver Canucks announced today that 25 year-old Guillaume Desbiens has been re assigned to the Manitoba Moose.
The right winger has played in twelve games this season but was sidelined after breaking his hand on November 4th.
In 145 games with the Moose, Desbiens has accumulated 81 points (40-41-81) and has a record of + 6.
NEWS FROM THE FARM
The Manitoba Moose returns from a four game road trip less healthy than when they began.
Cody Hodgson was injured in practice on December 9th, where tests would later reveal that he broke an orbital bone in his face.
Initial reports speculated that the 20 year-old would require surgery that would keep the centre out for six weeks. Fortunately, surgery will most likely be unnecessary and recovery time is expected to be two to three weeks.
“Cody has been an exemplary player, on and off the ice, this season,” Canuck assistant GM Laurence Gilman told Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun. “He’s been a great teammate and a big part of our team down there. It’s disappointing we lost him. Fortunately, the injury is not as bad as originally thought.”
Fellow Canuck prospect Jordan Schroeder is also out of the line up after spraining his ankle less than seven minutes into Friday’s game against the Oklahoma City Barons. Recovery time is expected to be six to eight weeks.
Both top prospects are among the top five scorers for the Moose this year. Hodgson leads the team in goals with 10 in 24 games (10-6-16). Schroeder recorded 13 points in 25 games (5-8-13).
Injured players Mason Raymond and Christian Ehrhoff missed practice again today. Neither of them are expected to play this week.
"I can't really tell you how it happened," Raymond told Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun. "I don't really know myself. I just kind of got hit on the side of the boards, felt a little something and at that point I knew something wasn't right. But I didn't know it was broken and I carried on through the game."
"I need that bone to calcify and get some healing in it," he said. "Hopefully that process goes along quickly and I can get a playing cast on and get back on the ice and get back out there."
The Canucks locker room featured a board with league standings that features the Canucks at the top of their division with 36 points, putting them in third place in the West.
Nothing unusual but the standings in the Western Conference remain extremely tight. At just one point behind the Canucks, the Stanley Cup champs, Chicago Blackhawks are in the ninth spot, just outside of playoff position. Only five points separate the second place Dallas Stars (38) from the 12th place St Louis Blues (33).
Canucks Captain Henrik Sedin doesn’t mind the close race a third of the way through the season.
“This is the way it should be” he said. “It shouldn't be eight teams in the playoffs in February. It's fun."