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Report: Canucks sign Scottie Upshall to a PTO

With Young Stars about to kick off tomorrow, the Canucks have reportedly signed veteran forward Scottie Upshall to a professional tryout.

Upshall just completed a one year contract with the St Louis Blues that paid him $900,000 where he scored 10 goals and 8 assists in 73 regular season games.

Given the Canucks having to split their pre-season roster due to their games in China, it makes sense that the organization has invited Ryan White and Upshall to training camp.

Upshall has been a reasonably productive bottom six forward for some time with above average shot suppression when comparing against players of a similar role. Given the current forward depth that the Canucks, it’s unlikely that they would be able to fit Upshall in.

With that being said, Upshall may have a versatile enough game to be noticeable for the Canucks in the pre-season.

  • tyhee

    It’s a little surprising to me that Upshall would accept the PTO invitation, given the level of depth the Canucks have. It makes sense to add depth for the trip to China but realistically he can’t expect a contract unless the injury bug bites the Canucks in training camp even worse than it has bitten them the last couple of regular seasons.

    The Upshall of even two or three years ago would have been a welcome addition to the Canucks of two or three years ago, but if we see the Upshall of last season trying to make the Canucks roster this season, he looks like little more than a warm body to provide rest for guys who rate to make the club.

    • sloth

      There are probably not tons of options for him at this point, maybe he wants to go to China? And if he doesn’t make the Canucks, a good pre-season on a PTO might be good enough to earn him a spot with another club around the start of the season if injuries hit or a team loses a piece they tried to sneak through waivers or whatever.

      • Cageyvet

        It wouldn’t be the first time a PTO player ended up signing with a different team before the season began.

        With Jagr and Iginla still sitting idly by, it behooves a lesser name like Upshall to be on the ice in front of NHL scouts and management in any way possible.

  • Chris the Curmudgeon

    More of a showcase to the league than a legitimate audition for the Canucks, though stranger things have happened. Upshall seems to me to be an eerily appropriate comparable for Jake Virtanen’s likely career trajectory, by the way, based on junior success, draft position, early career production and style of play.