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Points to ponder as new Canucks centre Drew Shore makes his debut as a winger against the Bruins, a double digit deficit from wild card contention hits home, and shutting down players may come to fruition 7 p.m., SNP, TSN1040


Drew Shore isn’t the first Vancouver Canucks roster player who failed to connect with the Calgary Flames.

Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund went through similar struggles, and it wasn’t surprising they were among those who sold Shore on accepting a one way, pro rated contract for 600,000 US here for the remainder of the regular season so he can sell the hockey operations department on his future worth.
In what amounts to another audition — the 26 year old Shore had 48 points 24 24 in 50 games with Kloten HC of the Swiss A League — there’s a sense of obvious anticipation in Shore, whose connection here dates to playing two seasons of bantam at the North Shore Winter Club with Evander Kane and Martin Jones under coach Billy Copeland.

Shore was even walking the Vancouver streets at 5 a.m. Monday; the Littleton, Colo., native played his final Swiss league game Saturday night and then started the long sojourn to B.C. His body clock is out of whack, but not his outlook on this opportunity.

“It’s been a quick turnaround. I played in Switzerland on Saturday night at 11 p.m and boarded a plane at 5 a.m., and then an hour to Frankfurt and 11 hours here. But I don’t think I’ve ever been excited more to play a game,” said Shore, who’s a centre but will play wing tonight to get accustomed to systems.

“It’s almost feeling like my first game again — I’m thrilled and hopefully I can make the most of it.”

Shore had talked to other National Hockey League clubs as his Swiss league season was winding down, because Kloten HC didn’t qualify for the playoffs. With 24 points 9 15 in 80 career NHL games with Florida and Calgary, the 2009 second round pick of the Panthers believes his overseas adventure may re energize his career.
I went over there to showcase myself and show my skills set and I had a pretty good year,” added Shore, who’ll wear No. 42 tonight, and as a healthy emergency recall, takes the roster spot of Alex Grenier. “I want to show I can be a good Jannik Hansen Jersey, impactful two way centre. The Canucks have given a lot of opportunity to guys who have seized it, and I hope to show I can be part of the future.”

Aside from adjusting back from the larger European ice surface, Shore believes he can play wing because he also played that position previously in the NHL.

“I’m sure I’ll have the adrenaline going and I won’t be thinking about that too much,” he said. “I’m at my best when I’m moving my feet and shooting the puck. And this year was good for my confidence. I’m back to being the player I think I can be.”


The Canucks were able to play the what if game on their last road trip. They could have been 11 points out of the final Western Conference wild card playoff position. They then whittled it down to five points. Now it’s back up to 10.
And as much as the Canucks keep saying the right things about getting on a roll and getting some help to somehow leapfrog three clubs and beat extremely long odds, they realize the reality of what’s at play.

It’s about playing hard to teach the kids about everyday commitment and making the most of a March that has transitioned from hopeful to dreadful.

They can reference a 4 3 loss in Boston on Feb. 11. in which they mustered 32 shots, and cling to the notion that audition season is actually good to set the tone for next season.

“We did quite a few good things in that Boston game, and we still want to put some wins together to make things interesting. We just have to keep pushing,” said centre Brandon Sutter, who has but two points in his last 15 games and is dealing with a sore wrist.

“We’re not giving up on this year, but we’re looking forward a bit and we all understand that. We want to get better and develop the young guys a bit.

“You just can’t throw in the towel. If you do that, you’re never going to get better. Nights where we’re not sharp, we’re not good, and we can build some character over the last month.”


There is being cleared to play and playing because you’re wired that way and know what’s at stake.

There will come a point where Willie Desjardins will have to take a hard look at Brandon Sutter and his wonky wrist, the long season that Chris Tanev has endured with a serious ankle sprain and now food poisoning, and whether it’s wise to eventually bring Loui Eriksson back from a knee sprain.

He may shut them all down.

“I wouldn’t consider it, but it comes from where they are at,” said Desjardins. “You can’t say as a coach how guys are feeling exactly. You may go and talk to a guy just to make sure he’s healthy and ready to play, and it doesn’t matter how important a game is — guys have to be cleared.

“But we’ll talk to our players and see where they’re at.”


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