CANUCKS

VAN­COU­VER

The Hockey News - - NHL -

SVEN BAERTSCHI was hav­ing a ca­reer sea­son when a puck de­flected off the glass and broke his jaw in De­cem­ber. That may have cost him a mil­lion dol­lars or so, be­cause he wasn’t quite the same of­fen­sive play­maker and pro­ducer when he re­turned to the lineup a month later. Baertschi spent part of the first half of the sea­son on Van­cou­ver’s first line with Bo Hor­vat and rookie sen­sa­tion Brock Boeser and was on pace for 22 goals and 49 points, both ca­reer highs. The 25-year-old scored at a 39-point pace upon his re­turn from in­jury. But that’s enough to keep the Canucks in­trigued on a deal that’s three or four years.

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