Thursday, November 09, 2006

Fitzpatrick out with broken foot

I guess I was a little premature in saying the Vancouver Canucks' blueline was in dire straits last week, as the team has just lost another defenceman, Rory Fitzpatrick, for four to six weeks with a broken foot.

His loss, combined with the demotion of Luc Bourdon to junior and injuries to Sami Salo and Willie Mitchell, means Vancouver will have three defencemen with two games or less experience in the NHL playing tonight against Anaheim. With 106 NHL games played, Lukas Krajicek is now the team's second most experienced defender.

Mattias Ohlund, 574 games
Lukas Krajicek, 106 games
Kevin Bieksa, 55 games
Alex Edler, 2 games
Patrick Coulombe, 0 games
Nathan McIver, 0 games

This makes me wonder two things: a) Who on earth is playing for the Manitoba Moose? and b) Just how many minutes do you think Ohlund can play tonight?

Edler and Coulombe were playing major junior last season, while McIver, an eighth-round pick, has one year AHL experience after playing three years for the Toronto St. Mike's Majors.

UPDATE The results weren't pretty tonight, as the Canucks were downed 6-0 in a game they weren't in from the beginning. The only positive for Vancouver is the fact Salo should be back in the very near future, which should provide at least a little relief for the Canucks (and the Moose).

5 Comments:

At 7:37 PM, November 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edler's a stud (in the hockey skills sense).

While this might hurt in the near term, these injuries have potentially been a blessing in disguise.

Edler's play has been superb, (albeit for only the smallest of sample sizes) and made the decision to demote Bourdon that much more acceptable. Bieksa and Krajicek have been playing great with the additional ice time & responsibility.

I had serious concern's about the Canucks defensive depth past the top 3 of Salo, Ohlund, Mitchell. I am much more comfortable now as a result of the play of the other guys.

 
At 9:47 PM, November 09, 2006, Anonymous Darren said...

Indeed, you'd think the Canucks would be totally screwed, but they're only kind of screwed. Edler looks like Ohlund 2.0 out there, and Bieksa has come along nicely.

I'm not saying I won't welcome Salo and Mitchell back into the line-up, but it's not quite as awful as it might seem.

 
At 11:42 AM, November 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Didn't the 'Nucks have this same problem last year?

 
At 1:30 PM, November 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6-0 in front of your own fans - how would you have liked to pay $200 for a pair of tickets to watch that horror show?

The frustrating part for me as a Canuck fan was not the play of our AHL defence corps, but rather the way in which the veterans disappeared. Cooke and Morrison disappeared, and Naslund has this bad habit of going into a shell when things aren't going well. Ohlund was -4, and the $7 million a year goalie, the one that was brought in to keep the team competitive on nights like this, gave up three goals on nine shots. Heck, at least Ottawa is competitive when they are losing...

 
At 2:12 PM, November 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sens are competitive until the other team wakes up. Then they are every bit as bad as the Canucks were last night. At least they had not built up a 3-0 lead before losing.

 

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