Sep 29, 2011; San Jose, CA, USA; Vancouver Canucks left wing Nicklas Jensen (46) skates with the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the first period at HP Pavilion. San Jose defeated Vancouver 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks Recall Nicklas Jensen, Re-Assign Zack Kassian

The Vancouver Canucks have recalled wingers Nicklas Jensen and Bill Sweatt from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL and re-assigned wingers Zack Kassian and Andrew Gordon.

The news comes on the heels of a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the the Edmonton Oilers, which saw the Canucks down 3-0 before the game was  even three minutes old.

However, these two moves don’t appear to be related to the loss. Bill Sweatt was the player the Canucks wanted to recall, but had to bring up Andrew Gordon at the time since Sweatt was injured.

Zack Kassian’s demotion doesn’t appear to be performance-related either. He hasn’t scored in 20 games and has missed eight of the last nine games. According to the Province’s Ben Kuzma, he was sent down for conditioning purposes. It will allow Kassian to get back to game shape and build up some confidence in the AHL.

After a week-long demotion to the minors earlier this month, Jordan Schroeder came back a more confident player. The Canucks are obviously hoping the same for Kassian.

With one more game on the road  trip and until the April 3rd NHL trade deadline, this will give the Canucks the opportunity to quickly evaluate two of their depth players.

It is believed Jensen can play up to five games before the first year of his entry-level contract is burned.

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