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Schroeder ahead of schedule after shoulder surgery

Jul 27, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

Jordan Schroeder #45 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated by Zack Kassian #9 after scoring his second goal of the game and career against the Calgary Flames during the third period in NHL action on February 9, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
(February 8, 2013 - Source: Rich Lam/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Vancouver Canucks were happy enough with forward Jordan Schroeder‘s performance during his 31 NHL games last season to hand him a one-year, one-way contract. If he wants a longer term deal though, he’ll have to prove his worth in 2013-14.

That task will be made all the more difficult after he underwent shoulder surgery in May, although the hope is that he’ll be ready for training camp.

“My physiotherapist says I’m way ahead of schedule,” Schroeder told the Vancouver Province. “I’m skating again, though I haven’t been doing any shooting yet.”

He’s probably going to serve as a bottom-six forward and under new coach John Tortorella, the 5-foot-9 skilled forward will be asked to add more of a physical element to his game.

“I’ve got to find a way to be scrappier,” Schroeder admitted. “That’s something I want to add.”

The 22-year-old was selected with the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. In addition to recording nine points with Vancouver last season, he had 12 goals and 21 assists in 42 AHL contests.

  1. kaptaanamerica - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    There’s gotta be more to his game than he showed last year.hopefully the guy makes use of his skill and starts to impact some games.

    • steelyd89 - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      I don’t really know if there’s much more he can add… With better linemates he’d definitely produce more and look better, but there’s some players already here that will make those linemates better rather than the other way around. There’s so way that he should beat out a Hansen or Higgins at wing and I’d argue that Gaunce or Santorelli would be better at 3rd line C.

  2. blomfeld - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    AND WHAT ABOUT LUONGO ?

    Cute story on Schroeder no doubt. But it won’t do the ‘slightest’ in terms of preventing the ‘tsunami wave of trouble’ which is now bearing down on the Vancouver Canucks. Still not a ‘peep’ from Luongo himself, apart from the childish little ‘girly’ tweets that he’s so fond of sending. For such a ‘big’ man making such ‘big’ money, it’s curious how he just can’t come out like any normal, confident ‘red-blooded’ man and declare his ‘unwavering’ allegiance to both the team and his many adoring fans. At least you’d think that’s the least he could do, given the difficulties which the Canucks are now experiencing in trying to renew season ticket holders. A friend of mine on the inside told me that the season ticket base may contract by as much as 35% this year … truly unbelievable.

    • blomfeld - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Roberto Luongo apologized this week for yet another mini-controversy which divided the Lower Mainland.

      This time he failed to come out after being named first star on Jan. 5 because he was busy beating himself up for blowing a shutout against the Calgary Flames with 10 seconds left. From the tone of the debate, and the length, you’d think he’d just cost the Canucks a playoff series.

      It went on and on and on. With Luongo, it always does.

      No Vancouver athlete has been so divisive, especially when you consider it always seems to be so much about so little. Here we count down the strange string of controversies that have followed Luongo’s career in Vancouver:

      10 THE BATHROOM BREAK

      Who can forget Dave Nonis’ face when his prized, centrepiece netminder failed to return from the dressing room for overtime in a playoff elimination game? Because of a trip to the john, Luongo missed 3:34 and needed Dany Sabourin to make five huge stops against the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 to save a lifetime of embarrassment. Luongo didn’t want to talk much about it afterward. And, really, what’s to say? When you gotta go, you gotta go.

      9 THE PENALTY CALL

      It was not long after the bathroom break in that same playoff game in the spring of 2007, when Luongo watched Rob Niedermayer destroy Jannik Hansen with a monster hit. Luongo lost focus, turned to the ref, trying to get him to call a penalty, when Scott Niedermayer drifted the 60-foot game-winner by him. Not only was it game over, it was an end to the Canucks’ postseason. It was still the honeymoon phase of Luongo’s Vancouver career, so he wasn’t ripped to shreds for his loss of focus. Can you imagine what the reaction would be now if that happened this year?

      8 THE PLAYING TIME

      It’s no secret Luongo loves to play, and play a lot. It’s left him exposed to plenty of criticism that he plays too much. Many have long argued that the Canucks let him call the shots, and he’s the one who essentially chooses which games he plays. Strange, we could have sworn it was Alain Vigneault writing his name on the lineup card.

      7 THE PLAYOFF JOKE

      Give Luongo credit for trying to be smoother and looser with the media this season. He’s got more jokes and better timing, too. That wasn’t the case after losing 5-1 in a heartless performance that eliminated the Canucks from the playoffs for the second year in a row. Luongo’s post-game response was ill-timed: “I battled for 60 minutes. I kept it under seven goals.” Really, it was not the time for sarcasm.

      6 THE ALL-STAR SNUB

      Real hockey fans don’t care about the All-Star Game, so why should players? Luongo cared so little for the pillow fight on skates that he skipped it in 2008 to spend time with his pregnant wife. Family over a meaningless hockey game — we get it. OK, maybe not all of us. Luongo was whipped by some media, mostly outside Vancouver. Some even suggested the decision could cost him Vezina votes.

      What? There are five more? Indeed there are. Turn to Page D20, where Jason Botchford presents the Top 5 Roberto Luongo controversies. And check out thewhitetowel.ca for the full scary roundup, complete with photos and video!

      On Page D5, Jason Botchford presented five Roberto Luongo controversies, stemming from the most recent: Luongo’s refusal to emerge from the tunnel to acknowledge being named the first star of the game on Jan. 5. Here are the big five:

      5 THE HNIC INTERVIEW

      The Canucks weren’t singing “Kumbaya” in 2009, it just seemed that way. Everyone was getting in on it, telling media they all wanted to be a big part of the Canucks’ future. Ryan Kesler said players needed to take less. Alex Burrows did.

      But when Luongo had his chance for a “We are all Canucks” moment on Hockey Night in Canada, when asked about his future, he said: “I think first and foremost, I want to win the Cup and whichever team is going to give me the best chance to do that is the team I want to be with.” About half the fan base didn’t like the sounds of that.

      4 THE DELICATE PREGNANCY

      Luongo still isn’t over this one. When he and the Canucks collapsed down the stretch in 2008 it was suggested, and suggested, and suggested, one of the reasons was Gina Luongo’s “delicate” pregnancy. As if his family situation was the reason a save wasn’t made or a game was lost. “I learned from that, I learned to keep things personal,” Luongo said earlier this month. Good thinking.

      3 THE UNDER THE BUS

      Luongo has always had to balance speaking for the team, and explaining breakdowns, without coming across as blaming his defencemen. Most of the time, he’s done a better job than most. Despite that fact, to some, Luongo will always be seen as a sore loser who points fingers.

      For an example, they point to a March 2008 loss to the Avalanche. Luongo stirred up a firestorm with this: “We had about six chances to get it out and either we shot it off our own guys or we didn’t get it out. The next thing you know, there’s a shot from the point and Sakic is all alone at the side. I was able to get the first save, but he chipped the second one over me. It’s unacceptable, inexcusable; that should never happen in an important game like that. So we just pissed away two points tonight.”

      2 THE CAPTAINCY

      No issue has spilled more ink or filled up more dead air. The move may have been accepted in Vancouver, at first, but it was blasted by hockey’s old-school network, most notably by Don Cherry. Luongo made it through the first year as captain without much heat but when the Canucks lost to Chicago for a second postseason in a row, media and fans demanded he surrender the letter. The issue was exacerbated during the summer of 2010 as Luongo waited until training camp before he finally relinquished the title.

      1 THE BIGGER NETS

      We still don’t know if Luongo was serious in 2007. We’re pretty sure he was. Luongo vowed he’d retire from hockey if the NHL went ahead with plans to make the nets bigger. Say what? Yeah, retire (we asked him several times to avoid any confusion). We decided to take him seriously and it seems the NHL did too. We haven’t heard a word about the idea since.

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