Chuck Fletcher has signed former Vancouver Canucks centre, Jordan Schroeder to a 2-year, 2-way contract, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
Schroeder is a former Minnesota Golden Gopher who was selected 22nd overall in the 2009 draft by the Canucks. He scored 37 points in 72 games over the course of his first two seasons in the AHL, before putting up 44 points in 76 games in in 2011/12. The following year, he scored 33 in 42 AHL games and 9 in 31 NHL games. Last season he missed a lot of time with an ankle injury and played 25 NHL games, scoring 6 points, while appearing in just 2 AHL games.
He became a UFA after, the prospect starved Canucks didn't qualify him.
At 5'9/180, Schroeder isnt' the biggest player in stature, but he may be the most complete. Schroeder is a highly intelligent player that thinks and understands the game exceedingly well. He possesses excellent vision, awareness, and knows where plays will end up. He is instinctive and creative. Schroeder has the ability to make players around him better and his infectious enthusiasm and passion for the game is difficult to miss.
Schroeder has proven time and again that he is more than capable of competing against bigger and stronger players. He is remarkably strong on his skates and while he is still growing into his body, the strength that he now has he uses to great advantage. This can be seen in areas such as protecting the puck and his play along the boards. Schroeder has also demonstrated that he can handle the physically punishing aspects of the game as well.
What are your thoughts, Wilderness?
Here are some articles about Schroeder that might be of interest:
-Getting To Know Him (by Nucks Misconduct)
-His Offensive Upside (by Canucks Army)
-Season Autopsy (by Nucks Misconduct)
-Should He Be Qualified? (by Canucks Army)