The Canucks announced Tuesday that defenseman Guillaume Brisebois has been placed on long-term injured reserve. In a corresponding transaction, forward Jack Studnicka was moved to the active roster after being brought up on emergency recall last Thursday.
Brisebois, 26, has not played yet in 2023-24 after sustaining a lower-body injury late in training camp. The 66th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft had remained on Vancouver’s roster as an extra skater but did not appear in their first two games of the season, both wins against the Oilers.
A mainstay with the Canucks’ AHL affiliate since turning pro in 2017, Brisebois played in a career-high 17 NHL games in 2022-23, recording his first NHL goal and adding two assists for three points along with a -2 rating. Averaging 16:32 per game, Brisebois’ defensive game didn’t translate well to the majors – he posted a rather aggressively low 37.6% Corsi share at even strength and averaged being on the ice for a goal against per game.
It’s unclear if Brisebois will remain on the roster once his LTIR stint is done or if he’ll be waived for the purpose of assignment to AHL Abbotsford once healthy. Assuming his LTIR placement is retroactive to the beginning of the season, he will be eligible to return for the Canucks’ game on November 4 against the Stars. Players on LTIR must miss at least ten games and 24 days of action.
Brisebois is in the first season of a two-year, $1.55MM extension signed with the Canucks in March. While the contract is a one-way deal in 2024-25, he’s still getting paid on a two-way structure this season – the minimum $775K in the NHL and $375K in the AHL.
Studnicka was brought up on emergency recall after cap constraints and injuries forced the Canucks to play short for their first of two games against the Oilers last week. Skating in a fourth-line role, Studnicka scored in 7:19 of ice time during the team’s 4-3 win over Edmonton on Saturday.