The Vancouver Canucks have one of the NHL’s most underrated defensemen in Chris Tanev, who patrols the blue line as an undrafted pick-up now considered an integral part of their lineup.
That makes news of his injury a bad thing.
Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reported on Thursday morning that Tanev has been placed on injured reserve for the Canucks, following an ankle injury sustained earlier in the week. He’ll have to be out a minimum of seven days before he’s able to be taken off the IR list.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Tanev has spent his entire pro career in Vancouver’s system after spending one season skating in the NCAA for R.I.T. He’s put up a collective 14 goals and 66 points in 301 career NHL games, and has one assist in six games so far this year.
The Canucks started off their season hotter than they have in franchise history, going 4-0-0 to start out the year before dropping their next three consecutive games (although the first loss was in a shootout, giving them the team’s best record to start the season to date). Losing a player like Tanev, even on the short term, could hurt them in their quest to return to a competitive place in the Pacific Division.
The club will next play tomorrow, when they face the Edmonton Oilers.