The Canucks are sending Jordan Schroeder to Utica on a conditioning stint.
Schroeder missed the last 10 weeks with a broken ankle, but will play with Utica over the weekend and likely be back with the Canucks next week. Schroeder has three goals and six assists in 34 career NHL games.
Schroeder (ankle) is skating for a second straight day.
Schroeder has been sidelined for 10 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a broken ankle. Schroeder presence at practice reveals that he is close to returning and with the Canucks extremely thin up the middle right now, he may not go to Utica for conditioning. Monitor his status during Thursday's morning skate.
The 2009 first-round draft choice struggled with expectation and accountability but has looked like a different player. His stride is stronger, his commitment to play in traffic is better and the diminutive centre has caught the coach’s eye.
Schroeder has a chance to earn the third line center job with Ryan Kesler and Manny Malhotra both nursing injuries. Look for the second-year pro to make the decision increasingly hard for his coaches.
Playing his fourth game Sunday is significant and could determine whether the 2009 first-round pick stays this week. It’s been a long climb back into the good books for the diminutive centre who had just 10 goals with the Manitoba Moose last season in a tough transition to pro. He wasn’t among players recalled by the Canucks once the AHL team was eliminated from the postseason.
Schroeder could challenge for the second or third line center spot. The former 22nd overall pick scored 10 goals and 28 points through his first 61 games in the AHL. Look for him to challenge for a roster spot by the end of the season if the preseason is any indication.