NHL: Schroeder 'Proving He Belongs' with Canucks

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Former Gopher Jordan Schroeder is seven games into his NHL career, and people are starting to take notice of the Prior Lake, Minn., native. The center, who tallied Vancouver's shootout winner on Feb. 2, has two assists and is a +4 this season with the Canucks after spending the last two years with the organization's AHL affiliates.

Canucks.com recently profiled the team's newest skater as he and current teammate and fellow former Gopher Keith Ballard return to Minnesota to take on the Wild Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center. 

From Canucks.com (read Jeff Angus' entire article here)...

"Through seven games in 2013, Schroeder is averaging a very respectable 14:47 of ice time per game. He has been seeing regular power-play minutes on the second unit, and for good reason. He is arguably the best pure playmaker on the team after Daniel and Henrik (Sedin)."

"Schroeder has never been handed anything, and Vigneault is known to reward players based on performance over contract and experience. Schroeder has been an effective two-way player for the Canucks in 2013, and his speed adds a dimension that could help Vancouver get back to the Stanley Cup Final."

Here's Schroeder's first official point -- an a saucer-pass assist to Mason Raymond from Jan. 25. 

And here's his shootout winner from last Friday. 

Schroeder, Ballard and the Canucks visit the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at 5 p.m. FOX Sports North will broadcast the game. 

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