Dan Hamhuis will play for the first time since Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final tonight in Anaheim
Hamhuis was limited to 64 games last season but hopes to stay on the ice more this season. Last year he managed to score six goals and 23 points while maintaining a healthy plus-29 rating. Expect him to put up similar numbers if he remains on the top defensive pairing.
Hamhuis, Samuelsson (abdominal surgeries) OK for Oct. 6.
Hamhuis will play a large role on the Canucks' blue line, pairing with Kevin Bieksa. With a full, healthy season look for the 28-year-old to improve on his totals from last year -- 6 goals, 23 points, plus-29.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mike Gillis couldn't confirm the time frame that Dan Hamhuis will need to recover from sports hernia surgery Friday, but the Vancouver Canucks general manager could confirm that the defenceman only had one procedure after being injured when he hip-checked Milan Lucic in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final and was sidelined for the duration of the postseason.
Dan Hamhuis, unavailable in Game 2 because of a leg injury suffered in Game 1, didn't participate in Vancouver's morning skate. Alain Vigneault classified Hamhuis as day-to-day. Hamhuis is not expected to play tonight.