The Canucks trimmed down their pre-season roster by nine players today bringing the player total down to 38.
The following players have been released:
Yann Sauve Defence
Taylor Ellington Defence
Pierre-Cedric Labrie Left Wing
Evan Oberg Defence
Eric Walsky Right Wing
Daren Machesney Goaltender
Travis Ramsey Defence
Ronald Petrovicky Right Wing
Dave Scatchard Centre
Sauve heads to his junior club the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL , while Ellington, Labrie, Walsky, Machesney, Ramsey and Oberg, have been assigned to the Manitoba Moose. Scatchard and Petrovicky have been released.
After a slow start, the Canucks found themselves down 2-0 midway through the third yesterday against the Sharks, but Mason Raymond got the offense flowing at 7:22 of the third beating Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov thanks to a juicy rebound left from Yann Sauve’s shot from the slot.
Alex Edler tied the game at 13:26 and prospect Tanner Glass netted the go-ahead-goal at 18:51, but Shark Rob Blake again tied the score at 18:51 of the third forcing overtime. With nothing solved, the game headed to the shootout, where the Canucks clinched the win 4-3.
PERFECT IN THE PRE-SEASON
The Canucks keep their undefeated streak alive improving their pre-season record to an impressive 6-0.
“There’s a lot of optimism in this city, but we’ve got a long way to go,” said defenseman Shane O’Brien. “If anything, it just shows how deep of an organization we have, how good of a job Mike and all of the scouts have done bringing in guys. You can’t look too much into it but we definitely have a confident swagger in here, but we know it’s not going to be easy. We’re just looking forward to game one. Get a few more exhibition games under our belt then, be ready to go for Calgary.”
“It feels good, obviously, confidence-wise,” said Mikael Samuelsson on their pre-season stats.
DUCKS LAND IN VANCOUVER
Next up, the Canucks take on the Ducks tonight at GM Place. The Ducks are coming off a 3-2 win against San Jose on Monday night. The Ducks have a 3-2-0 pre-season record. Puck drops at 7 PST. Catch the game live on Canucks.com.
Andrew Raycroft is expected to get the start in goal.
Expected line up for tonight:
Daniel - Henrik - Samuelsson
Grabner - Wellwood - Hodgson
Rypien - Parrish - Bliznak
Glass - R. Johnson - Pope
Mitchell – Salo
Rome - O'Brien
Ehrhoff - Funk