After making his NHL debut yesterday, Alex Grenier is headed back to the Utica Comets.
Sound familiar? It should. Hunter Shinkaruk just had a one-and-done audition as well.
This shouldn’t be looked at as a negative though.
Shinkaruk showed well in his first game, although he’s probably better suited to playing big minutes and developing in Utica for now.
Grenier is huge (6’5”), and was pretty good in the game against the Jets yesterday. The 24-year-old may have a future in the NHL as a bottom-six winger.
— Jon Abbott (@HockeyAbbs) November 19, 2015
Grenier is being sent down because Brandon Prust is healthy again, and boy have the Canucks missed him. When Prust went down with an injury on October 27, the Canucks had just beaten Montreal 5-1 at home and had earned 11 of a possible 18 points. Since then, Vancouver has 3 wins in 11 games, including some inferior competition. Sure, most of that is coincidental, but Prust was playing pretty well in his first 9 games with the Canucks.
Prust has 5 points in 9 games and is a contributor on the penalty kill. He also provides some intangibles, like his leadership. Is he the type of guy that could have helped preserve some of the recent blown third period leads? Maybe.
The Canucks will need more than just the addition of Prust on Saturday if they hope to stop their recent slide, as the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are coming to town.