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A solid kid. Saw a few practices of his and he's blending in with the big group pretty well even though it's practice...maybe he can get a few games in nearing the last few games of the season if we are out of the playoffs or injuries occur...promising player from what I've seen.

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Was anybody able to watch the interview with him before canucks.com took it down? Maybe they will be releasing it later today...

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A solid kid. Saw a few practices of his and he's blending in with the big group pretty well even though it's practice...maybe he can get a few games in nearing the last few games of the season if we are out of the playoffs or injuries occur...promising player from what I've seen.

Just wondering, when you are watching him verses regular nhlers, can you see a real obvious difference in drills? I've never seen a practice before. How does he compare to say tom sestito skill wise, or is game, scrimmage scenarios better indicators of performance?

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After recently signing his first NHL contract, forward Mike Zalewski chats with Joey Kenward about his days in the BCHL and NCAA as he prepares to take the next step in his hockey career with the Vancouver Canucks.

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Zalewski's in tonight for his first NHL game

#KellanLainTreatment?

Where does this guy stand in our operations treatment

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Wow, the Canucks must really see something in him. He's been with the club since the signing and now is getting a shot over numerous guys who put in full time in Utica.

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Wow, the Canucks must really see something in him. He's been with the club since the signing and now is getting a shot over numerous guys who put in full time in Utica.

We will see tonight what he's got.

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Wow, the Canucks must really see something in him. He's been with the club since the signing and now is getting a shot over numerous guys who put in full time in Utica.

I think is more of a combination of being unable to send him down because of the new CBA and that Utica is still in playoff contention, so Canucks don't want to make changes to the Utica roster right now. Esp since Canucks is eliminated, let the prospects stay there and see if they can grind their way to the playoffs.

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I thought Zalewski was one of the better Canucks tonight. That's not massive praise, considering how apathetic the whole team looked, but he didn't seem too out of place and had that nice wraparound chance which nearly worked. Hopefully he gets another look tomorrow, maybe they can throw him out there on the PP for a bit, they've got nothing to lose really. Then can be sent down to Utica for some games there in front of his hometown fans!

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I thought he showed decent hockey IQ and had good speed in what little icetime he saw. Might be a good 3rd liner down the road.

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Considering he hasn't played a real game in forever it wasn't that bad. he was physical on the fore check and that's what you want from every bottom 6 guy in your lineup.

I would give him a solid 7/10 considering the rest of the team didn't show up. (Thankfully lol)

for a 21 year old he's not too shabby.

Could be better than Mallet???

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He played like a plug.

The numbers say you don't know what the hell you're watching. 70% Corsi for and 2 SOG in 11+ minutes while getting 18% offensive zone starts. Granted, it was the Oilers, but that is a hell of a lot of territory gained by a player who was acquired for free.

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The numbers say you don't know what the hell you're watching. 70% Corsi for and 2 SOG in 11+ minutes while getting 18% offensive zone starts. Granted, it was the Oilers, but that is a hell of a lot of territory gained by a player who was acquired for free.

Nice. I thought he played well, a little tentative at times - either waiting for a play to develop or watching where teammates were going/doing (as one would expect) - but not bad for a first game (in fact pretty good as your numbers show).

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This kid looked great tonight, i would like to see him on a line with kenins and horvat this preseason

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Although he only got one assist tonight. He made two big plays for Kesler's snipe and Corrado's goal. Made good simple plays to keep the puck alive in the offensive zone that ended up in goals for us.

He was impressive the two game stint he got.

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