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Canucks recall Luke Schenn

The Canucks have recalled blueliner Luke Schenn from the Utica Comets.

The 29-year-old was acquired by the Canucks from Anaheim in exchange for Michael Del Zotto back in January. The Canucks also received a 2020 seventh-round draft pick in the trade.

Following the trade, Schenn was immediately sent down to Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Utica. Through seven games with the Comets this season, Schenn has recorded one goal, five points and a plus-5 rating.

The recall comes amidst a sea of injury problems for the Canucks. The injury bug has bit the team at a very unfortunate time as they try to battle for a Wildcard spot in the Western Conference.

Sven Baertschi remains out of the lineup indefinitely due to post-concussion syndrome, while Brandon Sutter is out at least two weeks with a groin injury. Jake Virtanen is nursing an upper-body injury, while defenceman Chris Tanev was placed on IR with an ankle injury. Alex Edler is out with a concussion. Netminder Thatcher Demko is currently recovering from a knee sprain.

The injury woes on the blueline are certainly a concern right now. Edler has already missed 20 games this season and has only played a full 82-game season once in his NHL career. Tanev missed 40 games last season and has never played more than 70 games in an NHL season.

Schenn was the fifth overall selection by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2008 NHL Draft and has recorded 30 goals and 113 assists over 716 career NHL games. Schenn’s last appearance in the NHL this season came on Nov. 9 with the Ducks. He was held off the scoresheet in eight contests with Anaheim this year.

Once considered one of the best prospects in the game, Schenn has certainly failed to live up to expectations in his career. While it’s unclear if he’ll get into the lineup for Vancouver, he’s a quality veteran presence and could be a better option than Erik Gudbranson or Alex Biega on that third defensive pairing.

The team wraps up a three-game road swing Saturday evening in San Jose.

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  • Hopefully some solid play from Schenn and a speedy recovery by Edler and Tanev encourage Benning & Co. to move out Gudbranson at the deadline, or at the draft.

    Really hope Schenn plays well for himself, as well. It must be tough to go from highly-touted future star of the Toronto Maple Leafs to AHL depth before you’re even 30.

  • Chris the Curmudgeon

    Every time I see Luke Schenn, it takes me back to the 2009 draft and the scowl on Brian Burke’s face when the Kings took younger brother Brayden 2 slots before the Leafs pick. It was as if he honestly thought LA should just let him have the guy because they already got his brother. (The Leafs got Kadri instead, not too shabby in retrospect.)

  • Killer Marmot

    While it’s unclear if he’ll get into the lineup for Vancouver, he’s a quality veteran presence and could be a better option than Erik Gudbranson or Alex Biega on that third defensive pairing.

    If you say so, but Beiga’s metrics are a lot better than Schenn’s. Management might be hoping that Schenn never has to leave the press box.

  • North Van Halen

    I wonder if when Schenn arrives, Guddy looks at him and thinks, ‘Wow there’s my future.’

    Their career arcs seem to be headed in an awful similar direction.

    • Beer Can Boyd

      Yup. We’ve seen enough here to know who the real Guddy is, he’s 27 and things ain’t going to improve. Time to trade him for whatever we can get. Any pick in the top 50 would work fine.

    • Hack-smack-whack

      Except Schenn makes a better punching bag than Gudbranson, who commands a fair bit of respect around the league. Which is why, as long as we’ve got kids in the lineup, and as long as he comes to play like he did in San Jose, he has a future here (until someone with better hands that can fill the role is found).

  • TheRealPB

    Reading Cory’s recaps of the Comets games, I think we could do worse than call up Schenn. Brisebois seems out of his element — or at the least has the misfortune of being stuck beside Gudbranson. Even if you were to put aside advanced stats, it is simply impossible to argue against how bad Gudbranson looks. -3 last night and he deserved every one of those minuses – got outworked for the puck on the boards, got outmuscled for the puck on two others. In the Anaheim game even if Markstrom lost his stick and Horvat couldn’t clear the puck, it was #44 who simply couldn’t handle a much smaller forward who pushed past him to get the goal. He’s had about a 15 game stretch this year where he’s looked passable. But he is just ridiculous now. And the stuff about deterrence is garbage — the only players who really seem to stick up for teammates are Leivo, Beagle and Roussel.

    I know it’s the AHL, but Schenn sounds like he’s been able to deliver big hits, good outlet passes, and use a heavy shot on the PP. All of that sounds far better than the Pouliot and Gudbranson shows. Right now I would play Chatfield and Schenn over those two, especially with Tanev and Edler out again.

    • Bud Poile

      Guddy is slow and has difficulties passing the puck effectively.True enough.
      Schenn averages one goal per NHL season for the last six NHL seasons he has played so that “heavy shot on the PP” hasn’t been much of a factor.
      You are saying Guddy’s presence as a deterrent is “garbage”.
      Line up against a 6’5″,220 lb’er and go fight with him for the puck in the corner or for placement in front of the night.
      In the back of your mind you know he’s thinking to lay you out on the ice or make you part of the end boards if you pull any smart stuff-with anybody Canuck.
      Taking on Getzlaf after the dirty hit on Virtanen was not a job for armchair critics.
      Hamonic.Haley.Getzlaf. Only 15 NHL’ers have fought more than Guddy this season.
      The team is not getting much better with Schenn and playing a player with zero NHL experience (Chatfield) is not realistic.
      If Guddy is dealt Schenn will become his replacement but the Canucks are playing out the schedule.
      RHD is one of the organisation’s weakest links that has to be addressed far beyond Chatfield or Schenn once Guddy is dealt.

      • Beefus

        Schenn only has to be a placeholder as a RHD after Guddy is (hopefully) dealt for a draft pick or two. Tyler Myers, Anton Stralman and Nick Jensen are all UFAs that could be targeted in the off-season.

  • Kanuckhotep

    It’s not the end of the world to bring Luke Schenn into the fold right now. Don’t know if he is any better or worse than MDZ was but he has lots of NHL experience as a veteran D. With Eddie and Tani out such a move seems inevitable for Benning and his pals. Actually hope he can contribute to the Canucks but we’ll know soon enough.

    • Holly Wood

      Hope I’m wrong but the last couple of games I seen Schenn play he looked like he had cement boots on. He’s tough and experienced but he is well past being an Nhl d man. With salary cap limitations, the lack of depth of NHL defencemen is why clubs like to stockpile them if possible.