Canucks: Nikolay Goldobin called up, Sven Baertschi sent down

The Vancouver Canucks are struggling scoring at five on five. With Sven Baertschi not adding much to the offence during his recall, the Canucks hope that Nikolay Goldobin can help ignite some scoring.

In the middle of a roller coaster of a road trip where the Vancouver Canucks played the worst game of their season — a 6-1 to the Dallas Stars — they followed it up with victories against the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals.

Last night, they put up a lazy effort against the Philadelphia Flyers, this game would have made the rest of the trip less stressful for the team as they could have walked away from the trip at least .500.

The Sven Baertschi project has ended and now the Nikolay Goldobin experiment begins. The Canucks called up the former while sending Baertschi down to the AHL’s Utica Comets.

Baertschi had two power play assists in six games with the Canucks and had an impressive Corsi For percentage of 65.7. He averaged 11:49 of ice over those six games. Baertschi was also given second unit power play time with 8:57 over the six games.

Goldobin leads the Utica Comets in scoring with eight goals and 12 assists in 20 games, four of his goals have come at even strength. The Comets also have Goldobin killing penalties this season. There is no questioning that Goldobin and Elias Pettersson have chemistry on the ice, but looking at last year’s advanced stats on NaturalStatTrick.com, Brock Boeser and Pettersson had a higher Corsi without Goldobin on the ice, 48 percent with and 53 percent without.

There really isn’t a clear spot for Goldobin other than with Pettersson and Brock, but that line seems too light for my ideal lineup. Stick with the Lottoline there and put Goldy with J.T. Miller and Bo. That would add some much needed flair to that second line.

Miller, Pettersson and Goldobin or Boeser can play on line one, while the other can play with Bo Horvat and Jake Virtanen on the second line.

Let’s hope that Goldobin has improved his game enough to warrant the call-up, and that he can light some fire into whatever line he plays on while locking down a roster spot.