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[Report] Canucks re-assign Jake Virtanen to Comets

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Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has re-assigned forward Jake Virtanen to the AHL Utica Comets.


Virtanen, 20, has appeared in 10 games with the Canucks (0-1-1) and in two games with the Comets this season. In his debut NHL season in 2015.16, Virtanen appeared in 55 games for Vancouver where he collected 13 points (7-6-13) and ranked second on the team in hits with 128. He also appeared in two games for Utica on a conditioning stint and represented Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.


A native of Abbotsford, BC, the 6-1, 226-pound forward was selected by Vancouver in the first round, 6th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.


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1 minute ago, CanuckGAME said:

He had to get his stuff.  LOL  brutal.  Just brutal how they are handling Jake.   


I do hope he spend the year in the AHL and can be THE guy down there, get his offensive game going and come back next year stronger and smarter with the puck.

Hey man, they don't have deodorant down in utica... right? 


This is interesting to say the least... hope everything works out for Jake. I'm rooting for him.

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After that game against the Rangers I don't see how you don't put him in the lineup. The Canucks continuously doubling down on same old same old is getting annoying. Desjardins clearly has had issues with many of our young players. Is that because Benning misread their character in drafting them to begin with or that their character is being broken by a coach not willing to give them a fair shot? Might be both.

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Was listening to 1040 and they said last time they sent him down he was already on the 6 game road trip and didn't have much stuff with him. No clothes etc.

Im personally happy that he's going down. This team needs to develop its players more and the AHL is a good place for that, especially with green. This might also mean that Rodin is close to being ready.

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