No game for the Canucks here on Day 3 of the 2013 Young Stars Classic in Penticton. The players had a quick practice earlier this afternoon before heading off for some rest and relaxation. The squad will be getting back at it tomorrow afternoon in a tilt against the Edmonton Oilers.
One of the player’s that has turned heads through two games is Canucks defenseman Henrik Tommernes.
The 23-year-old, who has already played 183 games in the Swedish Elite League, excels in the offensive zone, especially on the power-play where his cool and calm playing style excels.
Assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner has been really impressed with the Canucks seventh round pick in 2011.
“He is really good,” said Baumgartner. “He is calm, poised with the puck and good positionally. You can tell he has played at an elite level already. I was really impressed with his game last night; he did some little things that some young guys don’t have.
“You can really see the poise and the control he has out there.”
Tommernes has a knack for getting his point shots on net, rarely using his slap shot and relying more on moving around the blue-line and using his wrist shot, much like Ed Jovanovski during his days with the Canucks.
“I like to be around the puck,” said Tommernes. “I think I move well on the blue-line and get my shots through to the net.
“You don’t have to shoot the puck hard; you just need to get the puck through.”
Tommernes had two glorious scoring opportunities in Friday’s game against the Calgary Flames, once hitting the cross bar on a wrist shot from the point and on the other he missed the net after being set up by Nicklas Jensen all alone in the slot.
“We should have scored more,” said Tommernes. “I had two great chances, especially the one from Jensen, I should have done better there and I should have gotten a few more pucks through, I had a couple blocked.”