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Canucks Report: Polasek Signs ATO With Moose

Tuesday, 05.04.2011 / 5:36 PM / News
By Nolan Kelly
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Canucks Report: Polasek Signs ATO With Moose
April 05, 2011

CANUCKS' PROSPECT SIGNS ATO WITH MOOSE

The Manitoba Moose announced today they have signed defenceman Adam Polasek to an amateur tryout contract.

Polasek, 19, just completed his second season of junior hockey with the P.E.I. Rocket where he finished second amongst defencemen on the team in scoring with 39 points (7-32-39) in 61 games. In two seasons with the Rocket, Polasek scored 80 points (20-60-80) and recorded 150 penalty minutes in 127 games.

Polasek was Vancouver’s 2nd pick (145th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry draft.

For more, check out the press release.

LINEUP NOTES VS. OILERS

Two lineup changes for the Canucks tonight as Mikael Samuelsson returns from a lower body injury that has kept him out of the lineup for the past two weeks.

Victor Oreskovich was sent down to Manitoba to make room for Samuelsson.

Jeff Tambellini will drop down from the 2nd line to play wing on the 4th line with Maxim Lapierre and Tanner Glass.

The Oilers are without their three top scorers, Ales Hemsky (shoulder), Taylor Hall (ankle) and Sam Gagner (hand), who are all sidelined for the rest of the regular season.

Roberto Luongo starts in place of backup Cory Schneider tonight. He is 18-8-3 against Edmonton all time, with a 2.27 Goals Against Average and a .917 Save Percentage.

Luongo currently sits 1st in the NHL this season in wins (37), 2nd in GAA (2.14) and 2nd in Save Percentage (.927).

ART ROSS RACE

Martin St Louis is the latest challenger to jump to the forefront of those trailing Daniel Sedin for the NHL scoring lead. St Louis has moved five points ahead of teammate Steven Stamkos, and is now six points back of Daniel with three games to play.

Henrik Sedin has fallen back into 4th place, 2 points back of St Louis for second overall. With 11 more goals than Henrik, St Louis holds the tie break if they finish even on points.

Henrik and Daniel are attempting to become the first brother tandem in NHL history to finish 1st and 2nd in the NHL scoring race.