Feb 21, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler (17) passes the puck as Detroit Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula (51) defends during the second period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks Recall Andrew Ebbett in Wake of Kesler Injury

The Vancouver Canucks have recalled centre Andrew Ebbett from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League to replace the injured Ryan Kesler.

It was revealed on Wednesday that Kesler had suffered a fractured right foot on February 21 against the Dallas Stars. Initial X-rays came back negative so Kesler ended up playing three more games before CT scans revealed a broken foot.

According to Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault will be out “a little while,” but refused to give a timeline. The speculation is Kesler will be out four-to-six weeks.

Ebbett returns to the Canucks in just over week after being placed on waivers and assigned to the minors to make room for the return of David Booth. With Kesler out, the Canucks were left with three centreman and needed one to replace him.

What role Ebbett plays remains to be seen, but it is expected Jordan Schroeder and Maxim Lapierre will both move up on the depth chart and Ebbett will centre the fourth line.  He should be helpful in the defensive zone on faceoffs as well with Manny Malhotra out for the rest of the season. The Canucks had been using the right-handed Kesler and Lapierre on draws on their weakside in the absence of Malhotra.

Prior to Kesler’s return, Alexandre Burrows had been centring the second line, but given his strong play with Daniel and Henrik Sedin in the last half-a-dozen games, the Canucks will be reluctant to take him off the line.

If Ebbett dresses in ten games or stays on the active roster for more than 30 days, he will need to clear waivers again to be re-assigned to the minors.

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