The Canucks just can’t seem to get 100% healthy.
With Elias Pettersson expected to come back any day now, the Canucks made a trade to make room for him on the roster. The morning brought something new as they recalled Tanner Kero from the Utica Comets
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) January 17, 2019
This move was done, as Patrick Johnston reported, that it was a precautionary move due to Bo Horvat possibly being out:
Canucks call-up of Tanner Kero is precautionary, after Bo Horvat took a couple heavy hits late in Wednesday's game, Benning confirmed to me.
— Patrick Johnston (@risingaction) January 17, 2019
Horvat took a couple of big hits late in the game and hobbled to the bench after a run-in with Zack Kassian in the third period. If Horvat can’t go, then Kero would likely slide into the lineup. This won’t impact the Canucks ability to activate Pettersson from IR and makes sense to have Kero being the safety net instead of Adam Gaudette. If Horvat can’t go, then Kero would be sent right back and thus could end up sitting around. With the Comets playing on Friday and Saturday night, it allows Gaudette to keep playing and let the more veteran depth player take that grind.
At this time, we don’t know what is ailing Horvat but hopefully, it’s nothing serious as Canucks fans were counting down the days for when all the young guys were healthy again.