Scenes from morning skate: Aidan McDonough will make his NHL debut against the Chicago Blackhawks

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By Faber
1 year ago
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If you’ve been waiting to see Aidan McDonough get his chance in the NHL, you better have your eyes locked to a television at 3:00 pm PT today.
The Vancouver Canucks play their second of back-to-back games today and Aidan McDonough will slot into the lineup.
McDonough was one of the most lethal scorers in the NCAA over the past two seasons, totalling up 45 goals in 72 games. He has a good one-timer from the right half-wall and good size at 6’2″. The question to ask when watching today’s game will be about McDonough’s ability to adjust to the pace of the NHL.
Though he made big steps in improving his five-on-five play over the past couple of seasons, we still can’t predict how he will look in the NHL — it’s something you just need to see and judge off of after viewing him play. McDonough has been with the team for over a week now and should have been able to have some good talks with the coaching staff about their expectations from his debut.
It’s expected that Collin Delia will head to the Canucks’ crease and face his former team after Thatcher Demko played yesterday in Dallas.
The Blackhawks have a 3-10-1 record over their last 14 games and currently possess the third-best odds of winning the draft lottery.

What we saw

Not much, because the Canucks didn’t take a morning skate today after playing yesterday and travelling from Dallas to Chicago.


What was said

Rick Tocchet spoke about potential lineup changes due to some game-time decisions and McDonough’s debut.
“There are a couple of guys banged up, so we have some game-time decisions,” said Tocchet. “Aidan McDonough will go in tonight. He’ll definitely be in tonight. [We are] very excited, his parents flew in and that’s a big moment for him. So we want to hopefully give him a nice night here — a nice win.”
The Canucks will take to the ice for a 3:00 pm PT start in Chicago.
Stay tuned to CanucksArmy for the instant analysis, The Stanchies (with Lachlan Irvine), and The Statsies all within 24 hours of the game concluding.

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