Thought #4: What to do with Chris Higgins?
Yes, Chris Higgins has come back after a stint with the Utica Comets. You know, he got me thinking that he earned an NHL spot after putting up with the kids in Utica. After all, everyone else that got sent down with him — Yannick Weber and Brandon Prust — is not in Utica anymore. Prust is done for the season and Weber is in Vancouver filling in for injuries.
When Chris Higgins scored 13 points in 22 games down in the AHL this year, he had me thinking that he earned a call-up. Guess what. In the five games he played since his recall, he has four shots in four games, a minus-four rating, two blocked shots, and one hit. Hold on, he just got an assist on Sunday. Does that look like a stat line for a guy fighting to earn a spot on a depleted roster like the one the Canucks have right now?
Honestly, should he not be better than at least an Emerson Etem? At least a worn-out Jared McCann? At least, an ancient Alex Burrows playing fourth-line duties? C’mon Higgy. Do you really want to put in volunteer hours in the Utica Comets locker room for nothing? Show us something better than the stat that in the four games you have played for the Canucks that Vancouver has only one point in a shootout loss to Nashville.
The Canucks won’t mind holding onto you or buying you out. They have the salary to eat that up. What they do not have space for is another veteran who does not produce consistently. Please come back to training camp and show us how much of a defensive force you can be. The Canucks may need you.
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