Vasily Podkolzin is back in the NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks recalled their talented young Russian winger from the AHL on Saturday, a day before the team flies east to New York for a road trip that will see them face off against the three teams playing in and around the Big Apple.
Also recalled on Saturday are winger Phil Di Giuseppe – who finally played his first NHL game for the Canucks last week after serving seemingly endless recalls from the AHL over the past season and a half – and center Nils Aman, who spent the year with the Canucks started but was traded Dec. 30.
Returning all three forwards to the NHL will give Canucks coach Rick Tocchet 13 forwards to choose from on the upcoming road trip; At least two of the three recalled players will play on any given night.
After struggling for 16 games at the start of the season, Podkolzin was sent to the AHL Abbotsford on November 28. He entered the year full of confidence after a strong rookie season, but that quickly evaporated as he struggled to produce minutes to minutes under former coach Bruce. Boudeau.
He had just three assists in his first NHL stint this season.
It took him some time in Abbotsford to regain his confidence. But he was asked to play in a variety of roles, including taking penalties, and is said to have worked hard on his defensive game under the tutelage of Abbotsford head coach Jeremy Colliton and his staff. .
In 28 AHL games, Podkolzin has scored seven goals and added eleven assists.
Meanwhile, Di Giuseppe has 30 points in 33 games for Abbotsford this season. Since his demotion Dec. 30, Aman has played 17 games for Abbotsford, racking up nine points.
Once in the lineup, all three are expected to be energetic, hard-working players.
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