When the Vancouver Canucks need injury replacements, they typically look for help from their AHL affiliate in Utica. This time, they turned to the Toronto Marlies.
The Canucks recalled forward Sam Gagner on Sunday, bringing back a player who had been loaned to the Maple Leafs’ farm team in October.
Plagued with injuries, the Canucks have lost five games in a row – failing to score more than two goals in each their last four losses.
It’s getting comical for a team that has had a terrible run of luck in the injury department for a third straight season. Just look at how many updates head coach Travis Green had to give after practice on Sunday:
Coach Green updates:
Tanev: maintenance day
Roussel: should play tomorrow
Edler: will skate tomorrow
Nilsson: might skate tomorrow
Baertschi: a little bit away
Sutter: not close to returning
Boeser: will skate tomorrow
Beagle: slated for Dec return
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 18, 2018
Scoring is an area where Gagner might be able to help. The 29-year-old has 15 points (7-8-15) in 15 games since his AHL demotion. Gagner finished sixth in Canucks scoring last season, registering 31 points (10-21-31) in 74 games.
Sam Gagner's results with the Toronto Marlies leading to his call-up back to the #Canucks : 15 GP, 15 PTS (7G 8A), 53 shots, -2, 58.6% Corsi (+2.5 CF% Rel), 50% faceoffs, 74% offensive zone starts. Played Line 1 RW for half, Line 2 C for the other half, and was on PP1 for all.
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) November 18, 2018
Gagner is best suited on the wing, but without Brandon Sutter and Jay Beagle, Green may decide to use him as a centre.