Grabner Gets His Call & Top Line Time


With the injuries piling up, the Vancouver Canucks have called up Michael Grabner from the Manitoba Moose. The 22-year old Austrian native will get his first taste of the National Hockey League on Friday against the Calgary Flames.

Grabner had what could only be described as an awful training camp. However, in five games he has played in the AHL for the Manitoba Moose he has registered four goals and two assists. At practice, Grabner found himself playing on the Canucks top line with Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows. If this is the line combination that Alain Vigneault is going with look for Bernier to drop back to the third line with Kyle Wellwood and Tanner Glass.

Update: The TEAM1040 in Vancouver has reported that these were the lines at practice today.

Grabner - Sedin - Burrows
Raymond - Kesler - Samuelsson
Johnson - Wellwood - Bernier
Glass - Rypien - Hordichuk

Michael Grabner is being rewarded at the NHL level for his solid work at the AHL level.

The 22-year-old Austrian native, recalled from the Manitoba Moose with Daniel Sedin gone for a month or more with a broken foot, is skating at Canucks practice this morning with Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows, taking Daniel's usual role.

Grabner was particularly hot in the Moose's last couple of games before he came to Vancouver, scoring four times in seven periods.

-The Province