The Canucks have sent Alex Friesen back to the Utica Comets of the AHL this morning. Friesen, a 5’9″, 186-pound centre appeared in just one game with the Canucks, playing 11:43 against the Minnesota Wild on Monday.
Friesen became the 8th player to make his NHL debut for the Canucks season.
Recalling Friesen in the first place was a bit of a curious decision. The 25-year-old has just 18 points in 41 games with Utica this season, well behind players with better pedigree like Hunter Shinkaruk and Brendan Gaunce.
It will be interesting to see what the Canucks do with their roster this week.
The deletion of Friesen from the NHL active roster, combined with the injuries to Radim Vrbata, Derek Dorsett, and Matt Bartkowski leaves the Canucks with just 19 healthy bodies. If Vrbata, Dorsett, or Bartkowski can’t play in Vancouver’s next game on Thursday (none of them participated in practice this morning), then GM Jim Benning will have to recall two or three players from Utica.