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Cherry Picking - Jan. 23, 2013

by Colin Hope / Vancouver Canucks

Jordan Schroeder an overnight success four years in the making

The Province’s Jim Jamieson takes a closer look at Jordan Schroeder's four year journey from draft day to his NHL debut. It began on a summer afternoon in Montreal back in 2009 and tonight, Jordan's dream will come full circle on a dreary January night here in Vancouver. Read

Alex Burrows is new centre of attention

Jordan Schroeder’s arrival sent Alain Vigneault into line-scramble mode. The results have Alex Burrows playing a new position: centering a line with Jannik Hansen and Chris Higgins. “There's an adjustment, but it's still playing hockey. You still have to work hard, play well defenisvely and skate.” Read

Undrafted players noticeable this NHL season

Most people can relate to being the last person picked for the street hockey games - it sucks. Again, most people can also relate to not being drafted into the NHL, the sting of which isn’t quite as bad. But 84 current NHLer’s said screw it, I’m going to make the big leagues anyways and CBC’s Tim Wharnsby has a list of 'em all. Read

Is a lack of lockout activity to blame for the Canucks’ slow start?

Daniel Wagner from examines the theory that the Canucks slow start over the weekend was in part due to the lack of guys playing in the AHL and over in Europe. Read

Burr, Kass and Garrison Jump on the Airwaves

Several Canucks were on the TEAM 1040 yesterday, including Zack Kassian discussing his shedding the mitts with Ben Eager, Alex Burrows’ thoughts on moving down the middle and Jason Garrison the lifelong Canucks fan.

Rapid Fire

- Jordan Schroeder, who is making his debut in a Canucks sweater tonight, will be doing so with #45 on his back. That means should Jordan light the lamp, he will become the highest scoring #45 in Canucks history passing Tomas Mojzis and Nathan McIver.

- Brendan Gaunce has three goals and an assist in five games against the Oshawa Generals and he'll be trying to build on those numbers tonight as the Rangers stop by in Belleville.

- Nicklas Jensen, who's on a point per game pace over his last five games, is up against Vaxjo in SEL action this afteroon.

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