In this edition of Vancouver Canucks News & Rumors, I’ll share news about Canucks prospects Nils Hoglander and Olli Juolevi. Finally, I’ll wonder whether Canucks defenseman Jordie Benn will be able to play during the postseason because of his partner’s pregnancy.
Item One: Nils Hoglander Loaned to Rogle BK of SHL
It was recently reported that Nils Hoglander had been loaned to Rogle BK of the Swedish Hockey League. However, the loan will be temporary. Specifically, it’s planned that Hoglander would play in the first two months of the SHL season and then (with permission) report to the Canucks’ training camp, which is tentatively scheduled for November.
The 19-year-old Hoglander has played two seasons with Rogle BK, and last season he scored nine goals and had 16 points in 41 games.
Item Two: Olli Juolevi Makes the Canucks 31-man Postseason Roster
It’s a great story for 22-year-old Finnish prospect Olli Juolev. If ever there was a bad-luck kid, it’s Juolev. He started his junior seasons so well, but then experienced both back and knee injuries that required surgeries and that set back his development.
It took him a long time to recover, and just when it seemed he was out of the woods, he had another injury. He hasn’t been able to either train during the offseasons because he’s been rehabbing his injuries.
So, it was exceedingly good news to see that Juolev has recovered and rehabbed and has successfully battled to get to the point where the Canucks believe he can help them during the postseason.
Juolevi had a great training camp, and he’s looked healthy and skated with power. Now that he’s healthy and strong, is it possible Canucks fans might see him make his NHL debut in a playoff situation? That would be encouraging for both the youngster and the organization.
If he’s healthy enough to play, fans should be watching for him to throw great breakout passes. He has a reputation for being skilled at clearing the zone. Although Quinn Hughes and Alex Edler are clearly in the team’s starting lineup and will chew up a lot of minutes, even the third defensive spot might be open if Juolevi can grab it. He’s played well in pressure situations with the London Knights, but that’s been quite some time ago.
Item Three: Will Jordie Benn See Action During the Postseason?
Jordie Benn is still under contract for next season and will likely see NHL action during 2020-21. But, is there a chance he’ll miss the postseason this season? Because he’s been with his partner who’s pregnant, he’ll need four negative COVID-19 tests before he’ll be ready to return to the ice.
That might not be possible during this postseason.
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