With the preseason wrapping up last night with an overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the Vancouver Canucks hopeful's fate lay in the hands and minds of the coaching staff. This morning, eight players were released including two highly touted prospects in Cory Schneider and Michael Grabner. This brings the Canucks roster down to 29, six more than the 23 player limit. However, due to injuries to Pavol Demitra, Mathieu Schneider, Jannik Hansen and Laurence Nycholat, the Canucks have the option to keep up to 27 players.
As the preseason winds down, many of NHL hopefuls will be getting their final opportunity to impress the coaching press. The Vancouver Canucks roster still stands at 47 with four exhibition games remaining on the schedule. For the first time in many seasons, coach Alain Vigneault will have a difficult time choosing who gets the coveted few remaining spots on the roster. Alain Vigneault stated that he will be reducing the roster down to approximately 30 after Thursday's game against the Anaheim Ducks. The competition is tight for forwards, defence and goaltenders looking to earn a spot on the Canucks and time is running out.
Starting with forwards, over the summer Canucks first round draft...