After an incredibly underwhelming display in his only regular season game of the year, the Canucks have officially placed Kyle Wellwood on waivers. That’s the second time in four months.
Maybe it was the fact that his only game was part of Tuesday’s pathetic offensive display in which the Canucks put 10 shots on net in 60 minutes. Maybe it’s that he turned the puck over several times even if the NHL’s official stats don’t show that (giveaway/takeaway stats are notoriously iffy, just like hits). Maybe it’s that he’s too injury-prone and afraid of contact, just like everyone in Toronto said he was.
Whatever the reason, this could be it for Wellwood’s NHL career, and he’s just 25 years old. The Canucks brought him in because they were worried about offensive production, but they’ve scored 16 goals in four games, so it’s not like that’s a huge concern any more either. They have no use whatsoever for a player that doesn’t hit, doesn’t work hard, and doesn’t score.
But the cruelest insult of all came in this CBC release:
Never the most toned player even at full health …