Horvat/Shinkaruk to remain in the bigs
The Vancouver Canucks have made another round of cuts following last night’s final pre-season game against the New York Rangers.
While Corrado had a solid training camp and made a serious push for one of the final positions on Vancouver’s blue line, his age and inexperience ultimately gave Tortorella no choice but to send him back to the AHL where the youngster can play serious minutes and hone his craft.
Santorelli has been used in a number of roles during the pre-season, and by all accounts is in excellent physical shape to begin the season according to John Tortorella.
“Based on the numbers, he’s our best conditioned athlete coming in here. I think he’s trying to prove a point.”
With a solid checking line in place, Vancouver’s final round of cuts means youngsters Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk will remain with the team to begin the season, giving the pair at least a nine game extension to impress John Tortorella and the Canucks’ coaching staff.
With both Zack Kassian (suspension) and Jordan Schroeder (fractured foot) out to begin the year Tortorella will have ample opportunity to let the kids show their stuff on a scoring line rather than forcing the pair to play a more defensive style on the third or fourth lines.
Line combinations can be tricky in the pre-season, however the pair of young prospects have no place playing on a line with Tom Sestito during regular season play.
Both Horvat and Shinkaruk can play up to nine regular season games with the Canucks before the team will have to decide whether they are sent back down to junior or remain with the team for the season, burning the first year of their entry-level NHL contract.