The Vancouver Canucks have recalled defenceman Yann Sauve from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.
It is a puzzling move considering Jannik Hansen left Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders with an injury. This put the Canucks short a forward on their roster.
Logic would dictate the Canucks would call up a forward like Pascal Pelletier (who leads the Comets in scoring with 7 points) to take Hansen’s spot on the roster and in the lineup.
The recall of Sauve could possibly mean two of the eight defencemen on the roster are injured, which necessitated the call-up.
Or could it be more message sending from Canucks head coach John Tortorella?
I’ve figured it out guys. Torts is gonna run 3 lines, Sestito as an extra forward, & 8 d-men… that way he can still scratch Booth #Canucks
— Andrew Ngo (@doods1484) October 24, 2013
Or did a couple defencemen get in trouble on their off day that was spent exploring New York City?
Whatever the case is, we should learn more Thursday morning when the Canucks practice in Newark.
Why didn’t the Canucks call up Corrado?
Frank Corrado is without a doubt the best defenceman the Canucks have on the Comets, but he was passed over in favour of Sauve.
It is a surprising move, but it makes sense to do so.
Corrado will perform well when he is called up. It’s guaranteed.
He will only create heightened expectations in the media and in management.
This will influence the Canucks to keep him on the roster rather than doing what’s best for his development. What’s best for his development is continuing to log huge minutes in all kinds of situations with the Comets.