The Vancouver Canucks have dropped their last three consecutive games, and they’re suffering from the injury bug again – so prospect Mike Zalewski is on his way up from the AHL’s Utica Comets.
Confirmed on Thursday morning, Zalewski will head up to presumably replace one of the team’s slew of injured wingers; they’re currently without Alexandre Burrows, Derek Dorsett, and Anton Rodin (who is expected to be out for a few more weeks still). Head coach Willie Desjardins suggested, via TSN Radio Vancouver, that he’ll draw into the lineup if those three are all still out injured come Vancouver’s next game.
Undrafted at the NHL level, Zalewski was inked to a free agent deal by the Canucks in 2014, following two years with the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers and two years with R.P.I. in the NCAA.
Since going pro, the 24-year-0ld New Hartford, New York native has played in just five collective NHL games, putting up two assists in the process. He’s remained predominantly at the AHL level since, putting up decent numbers (including 33 points in 58 games last year) as a center.
This year, he boasts one assist in five games for the AHL’s Utica Comets.
The Canucks next play tomorrow, when they host the Edmonton Oilers in the middle of a three-game homestand. They’ll look to turn things around, after getting shut out in a 3-0 decision by the Ottawa Senators earlier this week.