Another Hard Fought Spot

Nathan McIverIn addition to surprise moves in Shannon and Raymond staying, defencemen Nathan McIver also passed the grade.

Due to a couple injuries to Vancouver Canucks regulars, McIver might see some early action on the team.

I’m pretty happy,” said McIver. “I don’t think anyone predicted I’d be here. I’ve just got to keep working and playing my game.”

Some people might be surprised by Canucks coaching decision regarding McIver, but he is starting to gain attention with a very strong preseason. The outing included a couple of goals and four fights, where he impressed fans and teammates alike.

The rough, tough P.E.I. native does not back down from protecting his teammates and can hold his own against opposing team fighters. He showed that he wanted it more then fellow prospects Alex Edler and Luc Bourdon, even though those two were more hyped to begin with.

Vigneault is rewarding McIver with strong play both offensively and defensively. Now it’s time to see how he’ll do when the real season starts.

He fought hard to get here, and he’ll fight hard to stay.

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