The Vancouver Canucks have called up Nathan Smith and Jannick Hansen from the Manitoba Moose, according to Team 1040 radio in Vancouver. Looks like Burrows and Cooke wont be ready for tomorrows game.The same information is also being discussed on the Canucks Forums. Nothing against Hansen and Smith, but I'm a bit underwhelmed at the choices. Plus I bet Tommi Santala probably isn't too pleased.And aside from everything else, I'm a big fan of both Burrows and Cooke. I'd like to see them back, and fast.P.S. Just wanted to add a "hallelujah" that Ryan Kesler is back. Despite all the time off, he didn't look out of place at all last night.Update 3:26pm PST: From the Manitoba Moose Press Release,
This is the first recall to the National Hockey League for Hansen. The 21-year old native of Harlev, Denmark has appeared in 72 games so far in his rookie season with the Moose where he has scored 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points and 38 penalty minutes. Hansen was originally Vancouver’s ninth round choice, 287th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.Smith, 25, appeared in one game with Vancouver during the regular season after he was recalled March 12/07. He failed to register a point versus Minnesota on March 13/07. Smith has appeared in three games in the NHL with Vancouver in his career, none in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Strathcona, AB native appeared in 72 games this season with the Moose where he has scored 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points and 76 penalty minutes making it the most productive season of Smith’s five-year pro career.