Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Posted by Daniel "Skeeter" Wagner
Yann Sauve started the season in the hospital after losing a fight with an automobile prior to training camp. He then played 8 games with the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL before evolving from fish to mammal to join the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. Now, in the wake of a metric whackload of injuries to the Canucks defensive corps capped off by Andrew Alberts breaking his wrist, Yann Sauve has evolved yet again from Moose to Orca. As all Pokémon trainers well know, the third form is the most powerful and desirable evolution, so here's hoping that is the case for Yann Sauve. Sauve has only 3 points in his 20 games with the Moose, but is meant to be a stay-at-home type and at least has an even +/-.
Sauve joins the Killer Whales tonight as they play against the Minnesota Wild. It's anyone's guess how he'll perform against NHL-level competition after his rapid ascension up the evolutionary ladder, but he will likely see few minutes. Instead, Bieksa, Ehrhoff, and Salo will be expected to shoulder most of the load, with Rome and Tanev on either side in case the whole thing starts to tip. Sauve, on the other hand, will likely have a tough time adjusting to his new fins and blowhole, as well as wondering where his antlers went.