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Report: Canucks shopping former 1st-rounder Schroeder

Jun 19, 2014, 11:21 AM EDT

From Vancouver’s News 1130 Radio:

Schroeder, the 22nd overall pick in 2009, has struggled to fit in at the NHL level due to his lack of size (5-foot-8, 175 pounds) and a myriad of injuries. Last year, he missed 41 games after undergoing ankle surgery; the year prior, he missed time with a broken left foot.

His best season came during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, when he scored three goals and nine points in 31 games.

Per 1130, it’s “very unlikely” the Canucks will qualify Schroeder, a pending RFA, on June 30. A former collegiate scoring sensation — he’s America’s all-time points leader at the World Juniors, and had 45 points in 35 games as a rookie at the University of Minnesota — Schroeder could be seen as a worthy gamble given the recent success other small guys had this year: Mats Zuccarello emerged from John Tortorella’s doghouse to become the Rangers’ leading scorer; Nathan Gerbe matched a career-high 31 points in Carolina after being bought out by Buffalo; Cam Atkinson scored a career-best 21 goals and 40 points in his first full season with Columbus.

It’ll be curious to learn Vancouver’s asking price for Schroeder. While he’s clearly not in the mix, the Canucks did pass on a number of other quality players to get him in ’09, including Ryan O’Reilly, Marcus Johansson and Kyle Palmieri.

  1. salmon90 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    I don’t think he’s ever really been given a chance to succeed. He always seems to be coming off an injury (maybe that’s why they’re getting rid of him) and then when he is healthy he usually plays bottom 6 minutes with some plumbers. Not saying he is for sure going to be an effective top-6 guy but just that he never really had a chance. I’d hold on to him for one more year to see what he can do when fully healthy.

    • nobandwagoners - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      I agree. Schroeder has the skill and drive but he faced a few significant obstacles in Vancouver, namely stuck in the bottom six mix which isn’t conducive to his style of play and his minutes were quite limited. The injury he suffered (blocking a shot?) was really too bad as that pretty much sunk his chances. He needs a shot on a second line or a third line with some decent finishers as linemates.

    • micasa81 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Very true, although I wouldn’t be opposed to them trading him if they’re able to get a reasonable return. I would think management would at least want to have the opinion of the new coach before making a final decision on a guy like Schroeder. He’s young enough that, if the new coach wants to give him a chance, he’d still be considered one of the potential up-and-comers.

      • salmon90 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        the thing is they won’t get any kind of return for him – he basically has no trade value whatsoever. Why not hold on to him for at least another year and see what he can do. Zero risk

    • blomfeld - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      VANCOUVER CANUCKS = YESTERDAY’S PAPERS !

  2. hosewater2 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    There is no way this is news. Any guy on any team who is as low on the depth chart as Schroeder is available.

    • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Maybe you’d rather they just start making stuff up so that it’s bigger news. It’s June, man. We need.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        Or reporting what player agents say. Fascinating stuff. If I want to see someone rolling on the ground trying to get attention, I’ll watch the World Cup.

  3. AppealToReason - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    The few shifts he got with actual wingers and not Tom Sestito or other dumbies he looked like a real NHL player.

  4. canucks30 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    A bigger BUST than Sofia Vergara

    • imleftcoast - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Can you hear the saline swishing around? Look like two big water balloons.

  5. dprouse - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    If you’re a Canucks fan that’s a painful list of players your team passed up to take Schroeder. The draft is your lifeblood in the NHL – mess that up and your organization is in a world of hurt for years to come. Speaking of high draft picks, the Canucks had better hope that Bo Horvat is a better player than he just showed at the Memorial Cup…

  6. salmon90 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    hindsight is 20/20 – listen to the commentators rave about Schroeder after he gets drafted.

  7. Wineshard - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    A 22 pick is far from a lock to be a consistent NHL’er. You win some and lose some.

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