TEAM SIGNS ELLINGTON
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed defenceman Taylor Ellington. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ellington, 20, currently plays with the Everett Silvertips where he is an alternate captain and leads all defencemen in points (6-25-31) and power play goals (6) through 68 games played.
The 6’2”, 209 lbs. defenceman currently holds the Silvertips record for most games played (career) with 286 regular season and 33 playoff games in five seasons with Everett.
The Victoria native was originally selected 33rd overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.CANUCKS KEEP ROLLING
Yesterday was a milestone night at GM Place as the Canucks took to the ice in front of a sold-out crowd, marking the 250th consecutive sell-out. With a 4-2 win over the visiting Colorado Avalanche the Canucks extended their winning streak at home to nine games, tying the franchise record set over 16 years ago.
The team kicked off a strong start and held the lead despite a comeback attempt by the Avs.
Mattias Ohlund passed Jyrki Lumme and Dennis Kearns as the club’s all-time leading scorer among defencemen, when he recorded his 322nd point, an assist on Alex Edler’s goal in the third. Drafted by Vancouver in 1994, Ohlund is the longest serving Canuck on the roster.
“To be honest I haven’t thought about it too much,” said Ohlund. “It’s nice, but the focus is always on our team and continuing to play well and hopefully have a long run in the playoffs.”
It was a big night for the fifth place Canucks as they gained valuable footing in the tight Western Conference playoff race. Last night’s win gave the team a small, three-point cushion above the pressing Columbus Blue Jackets and pulled them within two points of fourth seated Chicago Blackhawks.
A main contributor in the Canucks' recent success is Alex Burrows, who continued on his tear yesterday. The high-energy forward is on a four-game goal streak and has nine goals in his last 11 games. Despite his career high points and top line promotion, Burrows is focused on the team and the task at hand.
“[The remaining games are] what we have to focus on,” said Burrows. “A month and a half ago we lost nine home games, we had the feeling that we weren’t that bad even though we couldn’t win a game. We still knew that we were a good hockey team.
“Right now, it’s on the flip side, we’re winning a lot of games, but we can’t kid ourselves that we’re so good. We still have to work and play well, execute out there, be smart on special teams, and play well all over the ice. We can’t look too far ahead. We haven’t won anything yet so we’ve got to keep building and take baby steps, one at a time and we’ll get where we want.”HANSEN CLOSE TO RETURNINGJannik Hansen
skated again with the team this morning at practice. The Danish winger has missed 10 games with a fractured finger. Happy to be back with the team Hansen is not sure when he will slot back into the lineup.
“I’m starting to feel a little more comfortable out there at practice with the other guys,” said Hansen. “It’s been a while since I’ve had any competitive practice so it’s nice.
“It’s not up to me [when I will play]. I feel good right now, I feel like I’m going in the right direction, but it’s not up to me. It’s a matter of just trying to play my game and the coach will decide where I fit in, if I fit in. So it’s not really up to me.”
Healthy scratches, defencemen Ossi Vaananen and Rob Davison are not likely to dress any time soon, although the coaches are eager to see what Vaananen can bring to the table.
“We picked [Vaananen] up for depth and obviously at some point him and Davi and the guys right now that are waiting to get an opportunity are going to get an opportunity,” said head coach Alain Vigneault. “But at this time right now we’re on a game to game basis and the players that are in are playing well so we’re going to continue to go that route.”