With an off day after another loss, the Canucks have recalled veteran forward Sam Gagner from the Toronto Marlies in the AHL
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 18, 2018
Gagner has seven goals and eight assists in fifteen games with the Marlies this season. He has been primarily playing the RW position on the Marlies first line but has also spent equal time as their 2nd line centre. Former Canucks Army editor, Jeff Veillette, has been doing some tracking of the Marlies and thus gives us some insight into his impact
Sam Gagner's results with the Toronto Marlies leading to his call-up back to the #Canucks : 15 GP, 15 PTS (7G 8A), 53 shots, -2, 58.6% Corsi (+2.5 CF% Rel), 50% faceoffs, 74% offensive zone starts. Played Line 1 RW for half, Line 2 C for the other half, and was on PP1 for all.
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) November 18, 2018
Gagner has been one of the best Marlies and arguably one of the more noticeable players in the AHL in his time there.
From the Canucks, it’s clear that they needed more offence and have turned to the veteran for assistance there. We don’t know how the lines will shake out for the game against Winnipeg tomorrow, but I would suspect that Gagner may find his way onto Bo Horvat’s wing and onto one of the powerplay units. The Canucks clearly wanted to get faster this season and thus Gagner was cut from camp but with so many injuries among their forward group, his offensive awareness will be helpful. It’s also good to see them get him back up after playing so well in the AHL.
Since Gagner cleared waivers prior to the season beginning, he can remain on the Canucks roster for up to 30 days or appear in 10 NHL games during that time before becoming subject to waivers again.