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Canucks recall Guillaume Brisebois from Utica and Mike DiPietro from OHL

With Alex Edler leaving last nights game after a scary fall and Thatcher Demko being questionable due to a knee issue, the Canucks have had to make a few roster moves ahead of their game against the Washington Capitals today:

Brisebois’ recall is not surprising given that he is left-handed and could easily slot into the lineup on that side. He has appeared in 45 games with the Comets this season and has posted two goals and seven assists.

John Shannon from Sportsnet has reported that Edler did not suffer any facial fractures:

At this time, there is no word if he did suffer a concussion. But as per CapFriendly, the Canucks have placed him on IR, which means that he will be out at least a week

Michael DiPietro is being recalled from the Ottawa 67’s on an emergency basis due to the fact that the Canucks do not have two healthy goalies available. Richard Bachman is out for the remainder of the season and Thatcher Demko is clearly unable to suit up as a backup.

Once Demko is cleared to return to action, the Canucks will have to send DiPietro back to the OHL.

It’s fair to assume that Markstrom will get the start tonight and then the Canucks play every second day for the next week. So, it’s fair to believe that they will ride the incumbent started until Demko is ready to go.

  • DJ_44

    Ryan, one question — do appearances as a backup goalie count towards the 10 profession games limit; or is this limit mute due the the “emergency” designation of the callup.

    • Ryan Biech

      My understanding is he has to play – so dressing as backup doesn’t count.

      Dylan Ferguson was a backup for multiple games with VGK, but only played in one game – he still had 9 games left in his exemption at end of year.

    • Nuck16

      I thought there was a rule in place where once you sent a player back to junior that he can’t be called back up until after their season is done? …but maybe there is an exemption for goalies and only for emergency call-ups. Most likely I was either misinformed on this, or the rule recently changed.

    • Nuck16

      Did Schaller even get one shift last game? I don’t recall his name called once by Shorty. What I did like was using the open slot on the Horvat line to occasionally double shift guys from Petey’s line.

      • tyhee

        There is an exception for emergency conditions. It isn’t limited to goalies but in practice we’ll probably never see it applied to a skating position. It is only permitted if the team has fewer than 12 forwards or 6 defencemen or 2 goalies under contract who are healthy enough to play and not under suspension. Obviously it would be really difficult for a team to get below 12 healthy forwards or 6 healthy defencemen in the system.

        It isn’t a new provision. For those who feel like looking it up it is Article 13.2(m) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which can easily be downloaded at https://www.nhlpa.com/the-pa/cba

      • Puck Viking

        Thats the only thing it could be. With Edler out we could use some offense though. Id like to start shipping out some defense so we can give all of these kids a look.

    • tyhee

      McEneny, despite being able to play effectively in the AHL, might have trouble in the NHL now because he hasn’t regained full mobility after the knee injury that kept him out last season and the beginning of this season. Unfortunately, if he doesn’t regain that mobility he may be done as an NHL prospect, which would be really unfortunate given how good his game has become outside than his loss of mobility.

      Sautner is still out with an injury, listed as day to day in Cory Hergott’s report on the Comets most recent game, against Springfield. With 4 healthy right shot defencemen (Tanev, Stecher, Gudbranson & Biega) and only two on the left (Hutton, Pouliot) it seems logical to expect that the team wanted the replacement to be a left shot defenceman.

      According to reports Brisebois has looked better lately in a pairing with Luke Schenn and of course Benning has been touting him for some time. It will be interesting to see whether they use the callup simply as depth to fill Biega’s usual spot in the pressbox or whether they use this as an opportunity to see what Brisebois can do. There is reason to think that despite his recent improvement Brisebois’ chances of success would be better with more development but otoh the Canucks have decisions to make on left defence for next fall with Edler and Pouliot on expiring contracts and Hughes and Juolevi pencilled in above Brisebois. They may find it useful to see where Brisebois stands right now and if he gets it that (fairly large) segment of the fanbase that is always excited to see a kid get a chance would be pleased.

  • Kanuckhotep

    To Mr. Benning and Mr. Green. Give Brisebois some ice time and don’t sit him in the press box. Let’s see what he can do. How will we ever know otherwise? The sample size may probably be small but fans want to see as many of these kids as possible in the show. It’s what it is all about.

  • Burnabybob

    I wonder what kind of trade value DiPietro has, and if they could get a good young defensive prospect for him- say someone like Dante Fabbro. DiPietro is among the top goaltending prospects, but people don’t seem willing to bet as much on GT prospects as on forwards or d-men.

    • Why would the Canucks trade him? Markstrom isn’t a long-term solution and Demko is unproven at the NHL level. Having another high-end goaltending prospect in the system is smart.

      • Puck Viking

        Id like to add another high end Goalie prospect myself, if we can move some of the vets out. We need to add at least 3 defensemen in the top 3 rounds this year. If we can add several picks in the top 3 rounds to what we have I would like to add a guy like Hunter Jones in the 2nd. If we dont add any picks unfortunately this is a luxury we can not afford.

      • Kootenaydude

        I would gladly trade DiPietro for a can’t miss RHD. Markstrom has been proving himself as a #1 goaltender this year. He’s still signed for one more season and Demko looked like he belonged in the NHL on his last start. Played smart. Handles the puck well. Goaltending is not a Canucks weakness. Defence is.

        • 1. You’re not getting a “can’t miss RHD” for a goalie outside of an established elite starter. You’re certainly not getting one for a prospect.

          2. One good month does not a starter make, and one good game does not a starter make. Markstrom was awful to start the season and his save percentage on the year is a very pedestrian .910. He’s been great for the past few weeks, but if you think that’s who he’s going to be for the rest of his career, you’re nuts. And Demko is promising, but has only played a handful of games at the NHL level. He looks great and I think there’s a good chance he becomes an impact player, but betting the future on him and him alone would also be nuts.

    • Puck Viking

      I read a rumor so take it for what it is.. Fabbro will be going back for his final year and test unrestricted free agency. With him being a local kid and our biggest need being a future top 4 RHD, why would he not want to sign with us.