After losing Luca Sbisa and Markus Granlund to injuries in last night’s 5-2 debacle to the Winnipeg Jets on home ice, the Vancouver Canucks are calling up a couple of their most promising prospects from Utica.
Brendan Gaunce — back with Utica for maybe 24 hrs — and Andrey Pedan recalled by VAN after injuries in Canucks' loss Monday.
— Ben Birnell (@OD_Birnell) March 15, 2016
Defenceman Andrey Pedan and winger Brendan Gaunce have both been given the call and should join the team tomorrow ahead of their game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Pedan is an intriguing prospect who we will likely see in a Canucks uniform full-time next season, given that he will soon require waivers to be sent to the AHL. The 6’5″, 213-pound Russian defenceman has 20 points (6-14-20), 82 penalty minutes, and is a plus-19 in 42 games with the Comets this season.
“His numbers are good, skating with speed and power, not many errors in his game” John Pitarresi from the Utica Observer-Dispatch told Vancity Buzz. “His shot is about as heavy as it gets, slap shot and wrister. Needs to be a little more accurate. Looking pretty good, for sure.”
Pedan has appeared in just three games for the Canucks, filling in as a forward in one of them. He’s been used sparingly, playing between 10 and 11 minutes per night in his games on defence.
To his credit, he has looked comfortable in his limited minutes, and it would serve the Canucks well to see what he can do at the NHL level this season.
Gaunce has appeared in six games with the Canucks, playing most recently last week against the Arizona Coyotes. He has 33 points (15-18-33) in 43 games in Utica this season.