Here’s what we know about Sestito: he’s listed at 6’5″ and 228 pounds and has been in 15 career fights in the NHL tangling with the likes of Stu Bickel, Milan Lucic, Brandon Prust, Zack Kassian, Krys Barch, and Brad Staubitz.
Is he a heavyweight enforcer in the league? He might be one, but Sestito has the potential to bring much more to the table. In 2006-07, he had 42 goals in 60 games with the Plymouth Whalers in his final season of hockey in the Ontario Hockey League.
To make room for Sestito, the Canucks re-assigned centre Andrew Ebbett back to the Chicago Wolves of American Hockey League. Ebbett was called up yesterday to replace Ryan Kesler on the roster, but they needed the roster spot for Sestito.
Sestito will make his debut Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings on the fourth line as the Canucks currently have no extra forwards with Steve Pinizzotto down in the minors on a two-week conditioning stint.
The Chicago Blackhawks were reportedly interested in Sestito as well and placed a waiver claim in for the forward. The Blackhawks, by virtue of being first overall in the league, were last in the waiver priority list, so the Canucks had first dibs.