Farmhands head to prairies

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

A weekend of on-ice drills and dryland training at Thunderbird Arena wasn't enough for head coach Alain Vigneault to pass judgment on any of the 23 Vancouver Canucks' hopefuls.

Which players join veterans in Whistler next weekend and which are assigned to the Manitoba Moose or Victoria Salmon Kings may become apparent tonight when Vancouver's minor leaguers meet the Calgary Flames' farmhands in Camrose, Alta.

"Getting them ready in two days is not an easy task, but that's what we had," Vigneault said. "We've got to put guys in game situations and see how they respond."

Moose head coach Scott Arniel and his newly hired assistant, Jay Wells, are expected to test 18-year-old centre Cody Hodgson, the Canucks' 10th overall 2008 draft pick, on a line with Vancouver-born former Everett Silvertips' winger Dan Gendur and Austrian winger Michael Grabner, the 2006 first rounder who spent last season in Manitoba.


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