Jordan Schroeder's first game with the big club was far from spectacular. It was also far from disastrous. A very nondescript game, which could actually work in Schroeder's as he tries to win our lozenge loving coach Alain Vigneault over. Something that has proven to be very challenging for young players within the Canucks organization. I might be alluding to Cody Hodgson...
Believe it or not, Jordan Schroeder wasn't only an upgrade on Andrew Ebbett last night, he was even rewarded justly with regards to his ice time. Through the Canucks first two games of the season Andrew Ebbett averaged 12:20 a game in ice time, and only had 2:26 on the power play. Combined. Those numbers were far from what you would generally expect out of a second line center. Jordan Schroeder, however, had 14:49 of ice time in his first and only NHL game centering the third line. He was also given 3:21 of power play time and didn't look out of place for even a moment. It was refreshing to see a center other than Henrik Sedin who didn't look lost as soon as he crossed the opposing blue line.
There's the good, here's the expected: he had some rookie moments. Just a few. Only three shifts into the game he took a horrible holding penalty in Calgary's zone - which was enough to make most Canucks fans think they'd already seen the last of him. The holding call was a result of the first in a series of puck battles he would lose due to his short stature and luck of muscle. It was Steve Kariya esque. Puck battles weren't his only shortcoming though. He only won 1 of 4 faceoffs and didn't take any after the second period. Going to have improve that part of his game now that he's playing with the big leaguers.
Jordan Schroeder offered the Canucks a glimpse of what a remotely creative second power play unit could look like. As the game went on he used to his speed and passing ability to avoid puck battles; simply put he stopped playing to others strengths. There were short flashes of brilliance in the offensive zone, and crafty play disruption in the neutral zone. Most importantly though, no costly mistakes in his own zone. He's earned Vigneault's trust for at least one more game.
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