By Andrew Chernoff
Jan 19, 2017
Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has recalled defenceman Jordan Subban from the AHL Utica Comets and re-assigned defenceman Andrey Pedan to Utica.
Subban, 21, has appeared in 34 games with Utica this season where he currently leads defencemen in goals (9), assists (13) and points (22).
Selected to represent the Comets at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic, Subban also leads the team in powerplay goals (6) and ranks fourth in shots (83).
The 5-9, 181-pound defenceman made his AHL debut with Utica in 2015.16 appearing in 67 games and registering 36 points (11-25-36).
An offensive defenceman whose most prominent hallmark is his hockey sense. Very mobile skater that displays a high top-end acceleration.
Offensively, his hockey sense is exhibited through his ability to create opportunities and make those small, meaningful plays along the wall and across the blueline. Backchecks hard but his size limits his physical effectiveness.
His hockey sense kicks in defensively when he reads ahead of the play and cuts off passing and shooting lanes.
Definitely needs to work on his awareness and proactivity defensively; however, his offensive game is all but elite at this point. [EP]
Prior to making his professional hockey debut in 2015, Subban appeared in 253 OHL regular season games with the Belleville Bulls collecting 165 points (57-108-165).
A native of Rexdale, Ontario, Subban was selected by Vancouver in the fourth round, 115th overall, at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Pedan, 23, has appeared in 22 games with Utica this season recording two goals, one assist (2-1-3) and 32 penalty minutes.
The 6-5, 218-pound defenceman made his NHL debut with the Canucks in 2015.16 playing 13 games and recording 18 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 45 games for Utica last season, registering career-highs in games played, goals (7), assists (14) and points (21).
Pedan was acquired from the New York Islanders in exchange for Alexandre Mallet and a 2016 third-round selection on November 25, 2014. He was originally selected by the New York Islanders, 63rd overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.