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Stanton to debut Thursday for Canucks?

Oct 2, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

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With just a single NHL game on his resume, it appears defensemen Ryan Stanton will be in Vancouver’s lineup Thursday when the Canucks open their regular season in San Jose.

Stanton was picked off waivers Monday from the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, a team with no shortage of depth on the back end. (Hence, his availability.)

Per The Province, the 24-year-old was skating today at Canucks practice with Chris Tanev on Vancouver’s third pairing. Yannick Weber and Andrew Alberts, the latter of whom had a particularly tough preseason, would be healthy scratches if Stanton does indeed play tomorrow.

Of note, Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville expressed some disappointment after Stanton was lost to the Canucks.

“We liked the depth he gave us; he played well for us,” Quenneville said, per the Sun-Times. “It’s good for him to actually get the chance, he’s going to play at this level right off the bat [in Vancouver]. We wish him well. You certainly can always use extra defensemen in your organization and he definitely gave us some good depth.”

  1. kaptaanamerica - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I hope Stanton punches Keith or Toes right in the face when he plays against them…

  2. esracerx46 - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Still wish the hawks kept him over Kostka

    • se7enbladez - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      Have you watched him over the years?

  3. canucks30 - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Looking more and more like it was a mistake to re-sign Andrew Alberts. He wasn’t the most mobile guy to begin with and is now getting up there in age.

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