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Canucks recall D Ashton Sautner

The Vancouver Canucks have recalled defenceman Ashton Sautner from the Utica Comets this morning

This move follows Chris Tanev leaving the game last night against Nashville early. Without confirmation, we can’t say for sure, but it’s fair to suggest that prognosis on Tanev isn’t great.

At this moment, Philip Holm and Evan McEneny are currently out with injury. Holm is currently day to day and is expected to return soon, while McEneny will not return this season. Both of them would’ve likely been ahead of Sautner on the recall list.

As for Jalen Chatfield and Guillaume Brisebois – both players are in their first year of professional hockey and need to play. It’s unlikely that Sautner sees much game action, so instead of sitting in the pressbox, Chatfield and Brisebois get to play a lot for Utica.

Lastly – Patrick Wiercioch would’ve been the logical option as he has been playing well for the Comets and was signed as a depth option for the season. But because he had previously been on the NHL roster (sitting in the pressbox) for 29 days, he would require waivers after being on the Canucks for more than a day. Which is likely why he was passed over for Sautner.

The Canucks play the San Jose Sharks on Friday and I’m sure we’ll know more about Tanev’s situation soon.

  • Wise Canuck

    Christopher Tanev has been carrying the team on his back defensively since his mentor GMMG left the building and with no decent comparable additions under Benning the added weight of burden has led to numerous Tan-Man injuries. This is another and i am hearing it’s a bad one.

    Bowie Horvat is already going the same way because there is simply no comparable support for our Gillis drafted franchise player, either physically or mentally. It’s beyond inept from current Canucks management.

    Please, check out the wilkes barre scranton penguins team and their incredible list of call ups to see how an outstanding GM and franchise go about their business… despite no top draft picks for years.

    The fact that Sautner is the best we can do for a call up tells us everything about the past four years and criminal lack of depth. Doesn’t it?

  • Steamer

    Like Tanev a lot, but he is injured & out of the lineup far too often – for this reason alone I think the Canucks need to move him. Has never played more than 70 games & frequently much less. Nice for Sautner to get some NHL $ at Xmas!

    • jaybird43

      A top 2 defenceman (Tanev on a very good team) who plays 60-75 games is a valuable commodity. He’s played between 53 and 70 games last four years, averaged 64.