Strong debut for Kuzmenko
There weren’t too many players that excelled for the Canucks on Wednesday night, but it’s safe to say that Andrei Kuzmenko was definitely one of them.
The 26-year-old was one of the best forwards on either side of the ice, consistently showcasing his size, speed and slick hands.
Kuzmenko, who signed a one-year contract with the Canucks back in June, started the game on the second line with Pettersson and Nils Höglander, and did not look out of place at all.
Kuzmenko was even rewarded for his impressive play early in the second period, burying a back-door pass from Miller to mark his first-career NHL goal.
Kuzmenko finished the evening with one goal, four shots and a Corsi For percentage of 81% in just over 18 minutes of ice time. The Russian rookie also logged 7:10 on the first powerplay unit, replacing Brock Boeser who previously held that role.
The Canucks are back in action on Saturday afternoon, taking on the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Centre. Puck drop is set for 1:00pm PST.
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