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Canucks’ Schroeder recalled, will play tonight versus Edmonton

Jan 27, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks have recalled forward Jordan Schroeder from an AHL conditioning stint with Utica. The 23-year-old will be in the lineup tonight when the Canucks host the Oilers.

The diminutive Schroeder was drafted 22nd overall in 2009 but so far has failed to establish himself as a regular NHLer. In 34 games with the Canucks, he has just three goals and six assists.

While injuries haven’t helped Schroeder’s development, it’s worth noting that, besides Cody Hodgson, only five Mike Gillis-drafted players have played in the NHL since Gillis was hired as general manager in the summer of 2008. Combined, those five have just 72 NHL games of experience, not all with Vancouver either.

Hodgson, of course, is no longer with the organization. Neither is Kevin Connauton, one of the other five, who was traded to Dallas.

It used to be the Canucks were too tough to crack for young players. But that certainly isn’t the case now. They just don’t have many viable options.

Anyway, here’s Schroeder, excited to be back:

  1. cambannedloinstache - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    He hasn’t been written off by

    • cambannedloinstache - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Ugh ignore that this website’s commenting system has been beyond glitchy for me. Somehow freezes yet posts?

      Anyways he hasn’t been written off so much as forgotten. No room in the line up before and when there was he gets injured. If he can eventually demonstrate he’s a passable third line centre who puts up some points and works the 2nd PP fans would be beyond ecstatic. It’s kind if at that point in Van right now.

  2. steverolley - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    5 players since 2008…. that’s brutal. I knew he was bad, but this is getting into Milbury territory!

    But he has traded away a lot of picks, he did trade a second round pick to get Derek Roy last year, and he played great….. good….. well actually he was terrible… wow Gillis sucks

  3. hosewater2 - Jan 27, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    I don’t disagree with the criticism of Gillis but take a look sometime at NHL draft classes, the bust rate is extremely high even in first round selections.

  4. ikillchicken - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    “Meanwhile, Mike Gillis doesn’t have the best draft record in Vancouver.”

    You know, if you want to say that we aren’t flush with prospects (especially discounting this most recent crop of Horvat and Shinkaruk) then I think that’s fair. But when you look at what he’s done with the picks he’s had I don’t think its that bad.

    1st: Cody Hodgson – Worked out great. Yeah, he’s not with the Canucks but I don’t see what bearing that has on Gillis’ draft record. At the very least, if you’re going to insist he doesn’t count because we traded him, you would have to then count the guy we traded him for. And Kassian has looked great this year. So no problems there.
    2nd: Yann Sauve – Looked okay before getting hit by a bloody car. Bit of bad luck there.
    No 3rd or 4th round picks.

    1st: Jordan Schroeder – He’s made steady progress. He didn’t score much but last year he did show he could be a reasonably steady NHL presence and not be a defensive liability. It remains to be seen if his scoring will pick up enough to be a top six guy ever but he looks on track to develop into a workable depth center. For a late first rounder he’s been okay. Not great but okay.
    2nd: Anton Rodin – Yeah, hasn’t really worked out.
    3rd: Kevin Connaugton – Took a while but has developed at least into an NHL guy with Dallas. Fine for a 3rd round pick.

    No picks in the first 3 rounds. Pretty tough to draft “well” in that situation.

    1st: Niklas Jensen – Played really well over in Sweden and of course in Juniors. He’s taken time to adjust over here to the way the game is played in the AHL/NHL but he’s making progress. He hasn’t been a home run or anything but its too soon to say really. Looking at the actual draft list, I don’t see anyone in the vicinity that would have been a much better choice.
    No 2nd Round pick.
    3rd and 4th rounds: A bunch of guys. Nobody who has actually worked out but nobody that has yet washed out either. Again, I’d say it’s really too soon to judge here. I mean look, there are only 8 players from the 3rd round or lower that have played in the NHL from the entire league right now. It would have been great to draft Brandon Saad or Andrew Shaw (no doubt, Chicago has an amazing draft record) but our picks weren’t much worse than 28 other teams this year. Plus…
    5th: Frank Corrado – What a steal. This kid has looked like a real top prospect. He’d be with the team for sure if we weren’t so overloaded with defensemen.

    It’s ridiculously early to even talk about whether guys from these drafts will work out or not. Literally 5 guys drafted anywhere after the Canucks first pick in 2012 have made it to the NHL. And only two (both high 1st rounders) from 2013.

    So no. I’m not seeing this “bad draft record” at all. If you want to criticize Gillis, criticize him for trading away draft picks. He did waste more than a few on junk like Ballard, Roy, Pahlsson. Although he also brought in some solid players like Higgins and Lapierre. His draft record itself has been fine though.

  5. ray2013 - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    I’m not a Gillis fan in the least, but you have to think draft position played some role, as well as the relative strength of the draft classes. Using that as a reference, how do they measure up against teams in roughly the same draft position? Any idea Jason?

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