According to a report from Sportsnet 650 broadcaster and Vancouver Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal, Canucks forward Sven Baertschi is done for the season.
As Dhaliwal points out, Canucks head coach Travis Green met with the media this morning and announced that Baertschi’s season is likely over, following a shoulder separation suffered in Friday night’s loss against the Nashville Predators.
Once the news was leaked, the team officially confirmed the news:
For what it’s worth, Baertschi was on pace to establish new career highs in assists and points this season. As it stands, it appears he’ll finish the year with a 14 goal, 15 assist and 29 point stat line in just 53 games. His 18 goals and 35 points from a season ago represented career highs and sparked many 20+ goal campaign predictions from Canucks fans.
It will be interesting to see how Green deploys his lines for the team's remaining games now with Baertschi out of the lineup. Green has deployed the 25 year old Baertschi alongside center Bo Horvat and rookie Brock Boeser for much of the season, but with Baertschi unvailable, will Green allow another youngster to claim the opportunity? Or will he turn to a veteran like Jussi Jokinen? Green is certainly running out of options. Thomas Vanek has been traded, Loui Eriksson is done for the season and now Baertschi is out. Will Jake Virtanen or newcomer Brendan Leipsic get a shot? How about AHL goal scorer Reid Boucher? Whatever happens, it'll be interesting to see how Green adjusts and the results he can yield.