The Vancouver Canucks are off to one of the NHL’s worst starts, boasting a concerning 1-8-1 record in their last ten games and putting up a nine game losing streak that sent them plummeting in the standings.
Sophomore forward Jake Virtanen has been struggling in his own right, as well. The 20-year-old right winger boasts just one assist and zero goals in his first 10 games of the year.
As a result, he’s headed down to the AHL.
The Canucks confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Virtanen, who was selected sixth overall by the Pacific Division club in 2014, has been reassigned to the Utica Comets of the AHL.
A native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Virtanen skated with the Calgary Hitmen before going pro during the 2015-16 season.
He spent most of the year up with the NHL club, getting sent down to AHL Utica for a two game conditioning stint during the season but appearing in 55 NHL games, as well. He was good for seven goals and 13 points in the process.
After a 4-0-0 start, the Canucks struggled to find scoring this year for a large chunk of games – so seeing that Virtanen was in a slump certainly wasn’t something he was alone in. The club will likely look to continue winning after taking home a 5-3 victory on Tuesday, though, and will be able to give Virtanen a no-pressure chance to get back in his groove down in the minor leagues.