Tuesday, July 03, 2007

More Depth in Vancouver

The Canucks signed a few more players on Tuesday. They added Byron Ritchie and Brad Isbister through free agency and finally got prospect goalie, Cory Schneider, to sign on the dotted line. With little cap room left to manuever in, the Canucks will be left with only these kind of signings until the end of the summer.

In Ritchie, the Canucks will get another grinding third or fourth line winger with speed and grit. Ritchie had 14 points with the Flames and may fare better with a centre like Ryan Kesler or a winger like Jeff Cowan, but there really isn't too much of an offensive upside that would reflect well in a pool.

Isbister is a career underachiever who has yet to find his best fit. There really is no easy route to place him on the Canucks roster, unless he gels really well with Brendan Morrison or Ryan Kesler. He notched 5 points in 19 games with the Rangers last season and maybe he'll get a quick shot with the twins to see if they found a new winger to revive his career with the Sedins.

The idea for Cory Schneider will be to make it into the Moose system and hopefully fast-track him to back-up Roberto Luongo. Schneider, 21, will forego another year in NCAA's Boston College (where he posted some great numbers) to expedite his pro career. There is quite a bit of hope on this kid, as he'll shoulder a lot of weight in a worst-case scenario for the Canucks.

Daniel SedinHenrik SedinTaylor Pyatt
Markus NaslundBrendan MorrisonMatt Cooke
Byron RitchieRyan KeslerJannik Hansen
Ryan Shannon *Jeff CowanAlexandre Burrows
Mattias OhlundSami Salo
Kevin BieksaLukas Krajicek
Willie MitchellAlexander Edler
Roberto Luongo
Cory Schneider

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