“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
“He’s been good,” coach Claude Julien told CSN New England. “At times I think I’ve seen a guy that wants to show he belongs, and is maybe trying to do a little too much. But that’s our job to get him to tone down his game, or relax. But I like his mobility. He’s a good skater. We talk about breaking the puck out of our own end, and that’s an element that a guy like that can bring to our team since he’s such a good skater.”
Miller had 52 points in 70 games last season with AHL Manchester. His offensive abilities aren’t in question. It’s the defensive part of the game he needs to keep improving. Certainly not unusual for a young defenseman.
Chara, meanwhile, skated this morning and is apparently making progress. However, he remains day-to-day, his return date unknown.
The Bruins open the regular season Oct. 8 versus the Jets. According to CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty, “it would appear Miller, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Zach Trotman, Matt Irwin and Joe Morrow could potentially be the seven healthy D-men entering the season.”
Of those seven, only Miller is exempt from waivers.