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Chaput and Cassels are Utica Bound

The Canucks announced today that Michael Chaput and Cole Cassels have been assigned to the Utica Comets.

Chaput has been in popcorn alley since the preseason when he was placed on waivers, never drawing back into the lineup since then. Chaput will now head down to Utica and log some playing time, furthering his development more than sitting in the press box ever could. Last year with the Canucks he drew into 68 games with 12 points and a -12 throughout the 2016-17 season.

Cole Cassels was on the IR with an undisclosed illness and was just awaiting a clean bill of health to before being reassigned to the AHL. Last season, Cassels played 66 games with Utica netting 11 points (6G, 5A) in his time on the farm.

Looking ahead, the Canucks have the weekend off before welcoming the Dallas Stars on Monday night when they aim to extend their winning streak to five games.

  • TheRealRusty

    Curious about Cassels… Assuming that he would have better than average speed to effectively check McJesus during the Memorial Cup run. Astonished that an abdominal injury would derail his career as much as it had… has he fully recovered from his injuries? Is he limited within the organization solely based on his lower offensive production? Is there no more room for shutdown defensive type centers/wingers in the league?

    • tyhee

      Like most Canucks fans I’ve seen little of the Comets, so all I have for information comes from forum posters doing summaries of Comets games. News reports on the Comets don’t seem to follow individual players very well, which makes sense-the Vancouver news reporters by and large don’t see the Comets much either.

      Obviously I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the information. It has been consistent though. The forum posts I’ve seen pretty much uniformly indicate that so far Cassels has been ineffective both offensively and defensively during his time with the Comets. That was expected for 2015-16 as it was then considered he was still recuperating from his abdominal injury. The reports I’ve been reading (largely from individual posters who do fairly detailed reports on forum.canucks.com and hfboards.hockeysfuture.com after each Comets’ game) were disappointing last season as well.

      I don’t know whether he’s still suffering from his abdominal injury and haven’t seen anything to indicate that it is still a factor. This will be the last season of his entry level contract.

      Feel free to take it all with a grain of salt-as indicated already I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the information, only its consistency. (By consistency, I’m referring only to the detailed reports of Comets’ games by Comets’ fans, not the briefer posts from Canuck fans who don’t watch Comets’ games and are largely posting based on their expectations after his very fine last year of junior.)

    • crofton

      He was lights out effective against McJesus and Draisaitl both. At that time I was very hopeful Vancouver had found one of the better checking centres, with 2 way upside. It’s hard to imagine how he could have “fallen off the cliff”