The Canucks have a next-man-up mentality when it comes to injuries, and so far this season, it's working.
When it comes to Air Canucks, next man up takes some getting used to.
Certain guys like sitting with other guys during long flights, as was the case Sunday when Vancouver flew to Detroit. Because of injuries to Sven Baertschi, Alex Edler, Brandon Sutter and Jay Beagle, the usual seatmates ritual was disturbed, replaced with a take a seat and get to know your neighbour and his quirks approach.
Michael Del Zotto was kind enough to tour the plane and provide insight into who sat where, and what makes a good seatmate.
Video: Michael Del Zotto Checks-In From Air Canucks
The funniest part of the video was easily the guys taking shots at Ben Hutton for the burgundy turtleneck he's wearing. Hutton claimed "Marky and Delly told me it's the new style, so you know what, I went with it."
That is not the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Erik Gudbranson stopped by row 7 to grab a snack from the sin bin later on in the flight, so I asked him what's up with Hutton's new look. "He lost the shootout, so he'll now be rocking the Tomas Plekanec special all trip," laughed Guddy.
The Canucks practiced Saturday at the University of British Columbia, holding a shootout before skate was finished. As Jacob Markstrom and Richard Bachman rotated in net, every player skated in one-on-one, looking to score. Turn the red light on and you're out. That's a good thing. Miss and you have to shoot again, until one lonely player remains.
It came down to Hutton, Bo Horvat and Darren Archibald. Spoiler alert: Horvat and Archibald scored, while Hutton did not.
"I was out of moves after my first three shots," Hutton chuckled.
As punishment, Hutton will be wearing warm turtlenecks throughout the Canucks upcoming six-game road trip, with stops in Detroit, Boston, Buffalo, New York, Brooklyn and Minnesota. He went shopping Saturday and picked up five new turtlenecks because - get this - he didn't own any. Now, for the entirety of this road trip, he must be in a turtleneck for all team events. He is the second turtleneck boy is as many years, following in Troy Stecher's footsteps.
Last year Thomas Vanek also lost a shootout challenge and was forced to wear Hawaiian shirts during that eastern road trip. He was fairly bitter about it and did not own the look. Hutton, on the other hand, is already wearing a smile alongside the turtleneck.
As he said in the video, "I'm a baller!"
If that's the case, he'll be adding a chain to the look very soon.