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Jordan Subban has been recalled from Utica to join the Canucks ahead of their contest against the Florida Panthers on Friday night:
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) January 19, 2017
This is great news, simply because everyone is excited to see what Subban can do at the NHL level. However this is something that may need some hesitation.
The Canucks currently have six healthy defenceman, with Philip Larsen making progress to a return. There is no timeline on when Larsen will be back, but it’s possible that he could return in the coming weeks. Thus it’s doubtful that Subban will see any game action unless there is another injury, or Stecher is still not feeling well. Given that they still dressed Stecher on Tuesday, rather than playing Pedan, I wouldn’t hold my breath that Subban gets in for Stecher.
It’s possible, but unlikely.
With that being said, there is a reason why Subban was recalled and Andrey Pedan was assigned back to the AHL. It’s because if Pedan remained on the Canucks NHL roster past 2pm PT (5PM PT) today, he would’ve been required to be placed on waivers to be assigned back to the AHL.
Jeremy Davis outlined this extremely well this morning. It’s clear that this is why this transaction was done, and it’s a smart move from the Canucks to mitigate the risk of possibly losing Pedan on waivers.
For Subban, this is great news. He was named to the AHL All Star game, with 9 goals and 22 points for the Comets.
He is still seeing some of the same defensive issues, that are attributed to his high event play but there is no doubt that he has been extremely effective on powerplay and generating offence. Hopefully some time at the NHL level will help him soak up some of the coaching and tendencies. See what it takes at this level could go a long way for him.
There is reason to be excited about Subban being recalled, as he has earned it. Hopefully he will see some game action, but if he doesn’t, it’s not the end of the world. He has some hurdles to overcome, and is only 21 years old and in the middle of his ELC.