Shoot more, says Salo

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

Shooting the puck wasn't one of the Vancouver Canucks best attributes last season but defenceman Sami Salo says that's going to change.

"I think that's probably what we were maybe missing a little bit in the playoffs, with trying to get more shots on the net, especially with our Ds," said Salo yesterday at the Canucks training camp.

"Everybody knows their roles, and one of my role is to shoot the puck a lot."

The team averaged 28.5 shots per game in the 2008-09 regular season, ranking them 25th, and finished 15th out of the 16 teams in the playoffs with 26.3 shots per game.

Salo notes that adding Mathieu Schneider, Christian Ehrhoff, and Mikael Samuelsson this past summer will certainly help.

In San Jose, Ehrhoff had more shots (165) than any other Canucks blueliner last year, while Samuelsson would have finished second on this team with 257 shots, behind Daniel Sedin's 285.

Meanwhile, half of the Canucks main camp roster were in Terrace last night for the first preseason game this year against the New York Islanders.


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