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Canucks Report: Samuelsson Out, Grabner Recalled

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
March 17, 2010

Samuelsson

SAMUELSSON OUT

Canuck forward Mikael Samuelsson left Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders with an upper body injury and will be out 2-3 weeks.

"He's got an upper body injury that should keep him out for 2-3 weeks," said Canuck head coach Alain Vigneault. "He was playing really well, obviously he was contributing to our success, and it's something we have to deal with."

Samuelsson has recorded 13 points in the last eight games, nine goals and four assists. He has registered 53 points (30-23-53) this season, a career high.

Defenceman Nolan Baumgartner was absent from today's practice due to personal matters in Winnipeg but will back with the team shortly.

GRABNER RECALLED

It was announced today by Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis that forward Michael Grabner has been recalled from the AHL's Manitoba Moose to help out with the loss of Samuelsson.

The 22 year old Villach, Austrian Native has played 38 games with the Moose this season where he recorded 26 points (15-11-26) in 66 games. He has also played nine games with the Canucks this season and earned five points (2-3-5).

Grabner was selected by the Canucks 14th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

He had his first practice with the Canucks today and will most likely skate on the second line with Ryan Kesler and Pavol Demitra, putting Alex Burrows back in the first line with the Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

"Hopefully we can keep going like we did before I got hurt," said Grabner. "It's fun to play with him [Kesler], he has great skill, he's fast, and Pavol adds a lot to our line."

JORDAN SCHROEDER SIGNED

Mike Gillis also announced today that the Canucks have signed centre Jordan Shroeder, who was their 2009 first round draft selection.

Shroeder has played 37 games this season with the University of Minnesota earning 28 points (9-19-28). He has also played in the World Junior Championships three times. In 2010 he recorded eight points (3-5-8) in seven games as part of Team USA helping them win the gold. Throughout his three appearences in the WJC he has recorded 27 points (20-7-27), the most by an American all-time. The record was previously helf by Jeremy Roenick with 25 points).

The 20 year old Minnesota Native was selected by the Canucks in the first round, 22nd overall, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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