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Jordan Schroeder Ready To Seize Opportunity With Canucks (The Province Article)


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#1 Grags2Kass

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:01 PM

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No one has to draw a flow chart for Jordan Schroeder to show him how his stock has risen in the Canucks organization the last few months.
Yes, he’s coming off a very solid season with the AHL Chicago Wolves, but the trade of third-line centre Cody Hodgson at the deadline in late February, along with this week’s news that second-line pivot Ryan Kesler will be out until at least November after shoulder surgery, have Schroeder rocketing up the depth chart.


Sure, a lot can happen between now and training camp, but Schroeder — a small (5-foot-8) but NHL-quick centre the Canucks took 22nd overall in the 2009 NHL entry draft — is determined to make sure he takes full advantage of his opportunity.
“I do [see the opportunity], but I’m not going to look at it as Kesler’s injury was the only way that I made the team,” said Schroeder, 21, from his family’s cabin on Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota, where he’s planning a weekend of fishing.


“But it does help. My goal, just like anyone else, is to come out and compete for a job. Maybe things like this trickle down and some guys get opportunities that they might not have got before. It’s not good news for him, he’s an awesome player and I’m sure they’ll miss him while he’s out.”
Schroeder had a tough first pro season in Manitoba under head coach Claude Noel, but broadened his game and his stats this year in Chicago. He played both special teams and finished with 21 goals and 44 points in 76 games under coach Craig MacTavish.


Although he freely admits the shift from U.S. college hockey two seasons ago was a shock, he feels he’s ready to challenge for an NHL job this fall.
“I’m going to be totally honest,” he said. “These past two years I needed it, the development. Looking back, I’ve learned so much that I wouldn’t have learned in college if I’d stayed. I’ve learned so many parts of the game that it takes to get to the next level. I’ve still got a long ways to go but I’ve learned a lot.”
Schroeder admits he had to learn some hard lessons from Noel.


“I had a lot of learning to do,” said Schroeder. “Claude Noel told me you’re going to realize what you need to do to be successful. He was pretty hard on me, but I think I’m a better player for it.
“This year, with coach MacTavish, he helped me a lot, adding stuff to my game, trying to make me a better all-around player.”
Schroeder knows that to be successful in the NHL as a small player, you have to be able to put up points. While his speed created scoring chances for him in the AHL, he didn’t convert often enough — and that’s something he wants to rectify.


“I really want to work on my shot this summer,” said Schroeder, who works out in the off-season in his suburban Minneapolis hometown of Lakeville with the likes of NHLers Zach Parise, Kyle Okposo, Drew Stafford and Bryce Salvador.
“I think I can put up a lot more goals than I did this year. It was a big step for me to hit 21 goals, but I think I could have taken off in that area if I would have hit the net more or kept it down and hit the right spots.”


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(This was posted in the prospects forum already by Squeak but not many people go there and this article deserves more attention here).

Edited by Grags2Kass, 09 May 2012 - 08:08 PM.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:04 PM

Hope he gets his chance come september!

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:13 PM

I hope he comes to training camp ready :)
The window is open for him, he just needs to take advantage of it.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:18 PM

He better get ready for his 3 minutes of ice time

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:23 PM

good interview.. i bet the kesler news is going to motivate him even more to have the best offseason training camp of his life.

how sick would that be if he steps in and dominates and continues the success on a line with kes haha.. huge long shot, but not totally out of the question

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:25 PM

He's small and Gillis has said that he wants the team to get bigger. Schroeder could definitely be used as trade bait if he plays well enough as the 2nd line center.

Looking forward to the draft and off-season moves. This team needs major changes.

 

Needs to get more skilled,physical, faster, younger.

 

 


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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:32 PM

God I hate the topics that come up in the offseason. One piece of news a week with 100 topics posted on it shortly after.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:33 PM

i have always thought of him as a winger more than a center...so he could use his speed and skill more
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:35 PM

He's small and Gillis has said that he wants the team to get bigger. Schroeder could definitely be used as trade bait if he plays well enough as the 2nd line center.


Schroeder is the kind of guy that we will want to keep, he is very solid on his feet and in board battles for his size and plays much better with larger speedy guys. I think with Jensen and Kassian on his wings in the future he would do very well. Hang onto him unless one of those 5 players becomes available.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:35 PM

We have an inside man with Parise. :bigblush:

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:46 PM

Sounds like an awesome guy.

Hopefully you know who actually plays him more than 2 mins a game.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:50 PM

I hope he gets a shot with the team. I doubt he will get a permanent roster spot this year, but I bet that the taste of the NHL will spark him if/when he is sent down. I can't wait for the training camp.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:12 PM

44 points in 76 games in the AHL? Ooooohhh! He's just lookin to bust out at the NHL level. :rolleyes: It's amazing what The Province will publish on a slow sports day.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:12 PM

He better get ready for his 3 minutes of ice time


Yup, and this exactly why I want AV gone, for this exact reason.
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:30 PM

Watch him stick with the team, then get traded once Kes returns, Kes will be his same injured self from last season and we will be without another one of our top prospects who are about to contribute.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:32 PM

Hope that he has an awesome off-season!!!

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:34 PM

44 points in 76 games in the AHL? Ooooohhh! He's just lookin to bust out at the NHL level. :rolleyes: It's amazing what The Province will publish on a slow sports day.


Can never count him out to make the team but yeah 44 points 76 games in the AHL isn't exactly screaming second line NHL centerman, screams more another year of seasoning in the AHL.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:03 PM

Hope hes on the roster next year. Best of luck Jordan

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:06 PM

Wonder if they are looking to put him in third line center spot, or maybe he will be on the wing with an experienced winger to learn the ropes in the NHL... all depends on him I guess -_-

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:07 PM

I'd love to see him get a chance to play 2nd line while Kesler is out recovering to 100% THIS TIME.

Even if Kes gets back if he could stay and center the 3rd line. He'd be playing with Hansen/Higgins/Raymond depending on what happens in the off-season.

This all can only happen if Pahlsson doesn't resign here.

I've watched him play a couple times and he's pretty damn fast. He's also doing really well in his own zone from what I noticed. I think he could be good enough to take a permanent 3rd line roll for the next year or more.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:10 PM

Still doubting he will make the team, but it would be nice to see him succeed.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:12 PM

To be honest, i hope we don't have to rely on Schroeder filling a top 6 role next season.

Counting on Gillis to get a top 6 forward this summer. Schroeder still needs to hone his offensive game in the AHL.
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:24 PM

schroeder has hardly ever been a ppg or over a ppg player his whole junior/college/pro career thus far.

not saying he wont pan out and become a steady nhler but anyone expecting him to come in and light it up in his first few years needs to pinch themselves.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:42 PM

Hopefully he gets his ice time. As a centerman, he might get his chance early in the season with Kes out
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:54 PM

I'm all for giving him a fair shot, I'd love for him to make it.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:57 PM

ZOMG HE TRAIN WITH PARISE!!!! HE GUNNA WORK WELL WITH HIM LIKE KESLER AND BOOTH...

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:57 PM

I hope we get to see alot of him next year, and maybe
a little bit of Nicklas Jensen :bigblush:

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:02 PM

Hope it works out for him..I do recall that he did look pretty good on the PP last preseason (he's fairly proficient at the one-timer)

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:08 PM

I just don't think this is his year,

I think he needs another year in the AHL to work on his offensive game (Like he said)

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:16 PM

To be honest, i hope we don't have to rely on Schroeder filling a top 6 role next season.

Counting on Gillis to get a top 6 forward this summer. Schroeder still needs to hone his offensive game in the AHL.


Pretty much agree with this.

While it might be a pleasant surprise to have Schroeder as the 2C because he has out-played anyone else in camp, that could also mean that there wasn't a lot of guys in camp with whom to compete, which could be bad news for the team.

There is still the chance of the team picking up a top-6 center/winger in either the assumed upcoming goalie trade, or in a completely different trade to a second team. At the very least, the team could pick up a UFA on a one year contract. This guy could handle 2C duties until Kesler returns.

Possible UFA's could be: Jason Arnott, Olli Jokinen, Chris Kelly, heck even Kyle Wellwood.

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