“We know what (Radim) Vrbata can do there, we know what (Alex) Burrows can do there, we know what (Jannik) Hansen can do there. It’s a good time to look at other guys.”
Whether Virtanen, 19, can crack the Canucks or is returned to his junior team still remains to be seen. A right-shooting power forward, he’s been one of the few Vancouver players to score this preseason.
Drafted in 2014, Virtanen became the highest Canucks draft pick since 1999, when the Sedins were taken second and third overall.
Brandon Prust got a ‘cordial’ scouting report before fight
Friday in Calgary, Canucks veteran Brandon Prust gave Flames hopeful Blair Riley a chance to show his stuff.
Specifically, Prust agreed to drop the gloves with the 29-year-old career minor-leaguer.
But not before requesting a bit of a scouting report.
“He’s obviously a professional, he’s been in the game a long time, so I was just grateful for him to give me an opportunity — it was awfully nice of him,” Riley told the Calgary Herald. “He just asked if I (would be) throwing lefts or rights. I told him rights. It’s just something … he doesn’t know who I am, so he wouldn’t have had an opportunity to watch any fight tape of me. Whereas I’m very familiar with him. Just a cordial thing.”
Here’s how the scrap went:
Oddly enough, Riley had to leave the game after the first-period fight, as he wasn’t on the Flames’ official lineup.
Well at least my mom can't get mad at me this time for getting kicked out of a game #funwhileitlasted