The Vancouver Canucks aren’t looking for a post-season finish, instead reaching a point in their year where they’re just playing out their final two games waiting to see what kind of lottery odds they’ll have.
They’ll have to do so without rookie Jared McCann, though, who won’t play in at least one of the team’s remaining two games.
The Canucks confirmed on Thursday afternoon that McCann will miss their upcoming game tonight against the Calgary Flames with a shoulder injury. In his place, the club has recalled forward Ronald Kenins from the AHL’s Utica Comets, and should fill in for him in the lineup.
Drafted 24th overall by the Canucks at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, McCann – a former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds centre from the OHL – is currently in his first pro hockey season, which he’s spent playing in 69 games for Vancouver. While his numbers could have been better in his rookie campaign (he’ll finish the year with just nine goals and 18 points through those 69 games), he still developed into a solid player for the Pacific Division franchise; losing him in one of their final two games, even if it isn’t going to affect their playoff hopes, is a bummer.
The Canucks and the Flames will face off tonight at 7:00 PM MST in Calgary, Alberta, where the two will look to compete for fifth place in the Pacific Division. They will both enter the game with 73 points and just two games left to play.