The Vancouver Canucks and their minor league affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, made some roster moves on Tuesday and Wednesday in an attempt to address some of the team’s needs.
The team promoted defenceman Jeremy Blain from the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads, winger Darren Archibald and goaltender Joe Cannata from the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings. Centre Stefan Schneider was re-assigned to the Wings.
The Wolves power play has been atrocious all season. The team has scored only seven goals the entire season, which puts them 27th in the league with an efficiency of 9.9%. It is hoped Blain’s ability to quarterback will aid the ailing power play.
The team has also struggled to find a consistent net presence, Wolves general manager Wendell Young is optimistic Archibald’s willingness to go to the net will help establish that.
Wendell Young said Archibald’s willingness to go to the front of the net will address a team need. Blain’s strength is quarterbacking the pp — Jason shaver (@theshaves) November 26, 2012
Schneider had been out since the beginning of the season after he suffered a lower-body injury in training camp. His assignment to to the Wings will give him some much needed game action.
Stefan Schneider was assigned 2 Kalamazoo 2 get game action after suffering a lower body injury early in training camp. He is healthy now. — Jason shaver (@theshaves) November 26, 2012
Cannata was recalled due to goaltender Eddie Lack suffering an upper-body injury. He is day-to-day. It is expected Matt Climie will take over the starter position in the meantime.
Cannata’s promotion came because Lack suffered lower body injury and is listed day-to-day. Not sure when injury occurred. #ChicagoWolves
— Paul LaTour (@platour68) November 27, 2012