Canucks don't want slackers

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

A low-scoring preseason game Monday in Terrace didn't solve much in determining the Canucks opening lineup, but there's still eight more exhibition games for players to prove themselves.

As roster cuts starts to happen, the competition level will increase.

"As camp progresses and the intensity of the exhibition games pick up, which they always do in the second half, then you're going to see a lot of interesting battles," said assistant coach Rick Bowness this week at UBC.

"In those battles, it's always better for the players because it helps them get ready for the season."

Those affected will be the border-line forwards and defencemen fighting for the opened spot on the top-six or for a higher ranking on the blueline depth chart.

"If they have locked-in jobs and they're secure, then they kind of pace themselves a little bit," Bowness said. "Well, now, some of them have no choice, they've got to give us everything they can and show us everything they can right off the bat at training camp."

The Canucks camp continues today at UBC as the first group takes to the ice at 8 a.m., while the second group will skate from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


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