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Slumping Canucks recall Ebbett, send Schroeder back to AHL

Mar 11, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks have recalled veteran center Andrew Ebbett from AHL Chicago in return for rookie center Jordan Schroeder, who’s being sent down after failing to register a point in eight straight games and landing in the coach’s doghouse.

Ebbett, 30, has 32 points in 37 games with the Wolves. He played five games in Vancouver earlier in the season, with no goals or assists.

Schroeder, 22, had two goals and three assists during his 22 games with the Canucks, and he showed flashes of the offensive skill that made him the team’s first-round pick (22nd overall) in 2009.

But with Vancouver on a four-game winless streak, and having just surrendered first place in the Northwest Division to Minnesota, clearly the club felt a change was needed.

The Canucks play the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Tuesday evening.

 

  1. elvispocomo - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Schroeder was doing well in a number of areas, but faceoffs were an issue. He had some good games in the dot, but seemed to lose key faceoffs when he was trusted to do them. His positional play and passing were good, although he needed to be more aggressive offensively and playing better minutes on the Wolves will help him do that.

    Having said that, Ebbett hasn’t been good in the NHL this year so he won’t be much of a solution to replace Schroeder. Hopefully that’s short term until something better is found.

  2. ikillchicken - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Well, they might as well the way they’ve been using him. Playing him on the fourth line is just dumb. He’s not going to succeed playing next to a guy like Sestito. But really, I don’t know why they won’t give this kid more of a chance if nothing else by default. I mean, for better or worse, is he not a better than Raymond (as a center I mean) who can’t win a faceoff to save his life? Or Lapierre…who has the offensive instincts of a dead cat?

  3. thehighcountrybear - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    I like Ebbett…big heart and he never quits skating, small but effective! I can’t see the Canucks staying sour for to much longer. Get the slump over now, and hit their stride in the first round while hoping to avoid Red Wings team withering skating game. If the Ducks tank, I see Canucks back in the final with more resolve and determination. Sell the Canucks short at your own peril…

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