Canucks demote Shirokov

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:25 PM ET

The Manitoba Moose will have a new and intriguing player in their lineup Friday night.

The Vancouver Canucks sent highly touted winger Sergei Shirokov down to the Moose on Thursday morning. The 23-year-old Russian was minus-4 in Vancouver's first three games but was a healthy scratch in Wednesday's 7-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Shirokov had seven points in four NHL pre-season games, but he struggled out of the gate once the lights came on.

"I think we've given Sergei a pretty good chance so far, and it hasn't panned out maybe the way we've wanted it to," Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault told Vancouver reporters earlier this week. "It's the National Hockey League, the best league in the world, and the tempo from exhibition to regular season is obviously not the same.

"Some can do the adjustment rather quickly, like young (Matt) Duchene in Colorado. Other guys, it takes more time."

Shirokov scored 17 goals and added 24 assists in 56 games for CSKA Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League last season.

The Moose are excited about his potential at the AHL level.

"He'll arrive in here and get a chance to kind of fit in with the group in that dressing room," assistant coach Keith McCambridge said Thursday morning. "He's obviously a young, dynamic hockey player and a good addition for us."


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