Schroeder making solid impact

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Jordan Schroeder is adjusting to the pro game at a rapid pace, which makes sense considering how swift a skater he is.

Through three games, the first-round pick (22nd overall) of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft has two goals and four points and has been showcasing his offensive flair.

"It's been pretty good so far, contributing offensively and working hard defensively," said Schroeder, who was part of a group of Manitoba Moose players taking part in an off-ice workout Thursday following Wednesday's 7-1 drubbing to the Hamilton Bulldogs. "If I keep doing that, I think I'll be all right. I was hoping to get on the board a few times, but to have a few goals and a few assists already is big for me. The confidence is up."

Schroeder, who joined the Moose last Saturday following his sophomore season at the University of Minnesota, has enjoyed his first taste of the American Hockey League.

Schroeder scored on his first shift, added a second goal in his professional debut, then chipped in an assist in each of the past two games against the Hamilton Bulldogs.

"After the first game I started to get a feel for the pace and everything and now I can just calm down and relax out there," said Schroeder. "It's been great so far, nothing to complain about. I'm really happy."

The Moose see their next action on Monday when they travel to Abbotsford, B.C. to take on the Heat.

In all likelihood, there will be some Canucks brass in the stands, but Schroeder isn't too worried about the extra attention that could be around the corner.

"It might be in the back of my mind, but you can't think about that. I have to go out, play my game and do what I do best," said Schroeder. "I just have to go out there and have some fun, play hockey and work hard, that's all I can really say."


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