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Arshdeep Bains Vancouver Canucks

In this edition of the Vancouver Canucks News & Rumors, Arshdeep Bains makes his NHL debut. Meanwhile, Phil Kessel continues to work out with the club’s American Hockey League (AHL) team, the Abbotsford Canucks. Also, an update on Dakota Joshua and his hand injury.

Bains Makes Canucks Debut

Bains made his Canuck debut against the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 20. The forward skated alongside Conor Garland and Teddy Blueger as Joshua remains out of the lineup due to a hand injury. Bains played well in his first NHL game, setting up multiple scoring chances and matching up with the Avalanche’s top players Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar. 

Arshdeep Bains, Vancouver Canucks (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

“Throughout my whole life, I kind of just putting my foot in the door at every level I get to. It’s no different here,” Bains said. “It’s been a heck of a journey so far. I’m pretty excited to see where it goes.”

The Surrey, B.C. native grew up a fan of the club. He went undrafted in the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the NHL. However, the Canucks signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2022 during a season where he led the WHL in points with 43 goals and 112 points in 68 games. Bains talked about playing for his childhood team before his debut.

“That’s every kid’s dream to play for their hometown team. It’s nothing short of that. I think I’ll be ready to go if that time comes,” Bains said. “It’s really special.”

Bains showed he could be a reliable option for the Canucks, even if the organization decides to send him back to Abbotsford. However, if he continues to play as well as he did against Colorado, he’ll remain a part of the main roster until the end of the season.

Canucks Continue to Work Kessel Out

Rick Dhaliwal reported the Canucks will continue to work out Kessel this week. The forward will continue to try and pass checkpoints on and off the ice, and the process will take time. He added there aren’t any plans for Kessel to play in an AHL game this week. 

The Canucks could sign Kessel after the forward finishes his workout in Abbotsford. The organization brought him in last week and had him participate in practice, where the forward looked exhausted. Kessel hasn’t played a game in around seven to eight months. 

Signing the forward could be big for the locker room and the club’s depth. Conor Garland, in particular, seemed excited at the potential of having Kessel join the club. 

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