Rathbone continues to impress
Could this be the year that Jack Rathbone cracks the roster? Based on last night’s play, he’s definitely making a case for himself.
The 23-year-old blueliner started the game on the first defensive pairing alongside veteran Luke Schenn, a position that was previously held by Quinn Hughes during the 2021-22 campaign.
Rathbone was also given the task of the PP1 quarterback and, to the delight of fans and media, didn’t look out of place in that role, either.
Rathbone led the team in ice time with just over 25 minutes, which included 8:00 on the man advantage and 5:07 on the penalty kill. He also registered three SOG and three blocks.
Given the backlog of blueliners on the left side, it still might be an uphill battle for Rathbone to make the opening night roster but, if he continues to play at this level, the coaching staff will definitely need to give him a well-deserved look.
- Vincent Arseneau gave fans something to cheer about in the first period, dropping the mitts and even holding his own with veteran fighter Milan Lucic.
- Fans at Rogers Arena were also treated to the line combination of Pettersson, Andrei Kuzmenko and Ilya Mikheyev, who have looked dangerous and intriguing together during training camp. Even though only Pettersson made his way onto the scoresheet, the trio showcased good chemistry and puck possession, with the young Swede centre also drawing two separate penalties during the game.
- The trio was short-lived, unfortunately, as Mikheyev left the game in the second period and did not return.
The Canucks will have two days off before hitting the ice at Rogers Arena on Thursday night against Seattle. Puck drop is set for 6:30pm PST.
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