Canucks notebook: Baertschi, Rafferty, Michaelis give camp their best shot

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Whatever happens, Baertschi insists he’s doing his best.

“It’s all good, I think, you know, I feel good on the ice, I do what I can to show that I am a good player,” he said. “I haven’t played since last (March), so it’s a little different.

“I’m going to do whatever I can to be a part of this core lineup at some point. I don’t know if it’s going to be right away, but I hope so and I want an opportunity there and show that I can help the team win. It’s my goal; it’s been my goal from day one and camping here. I will do my best.

Baertschi chose not to attend the summer return-to-play camp, but did not do so this time around.

“We made this decision as a family and coming in now I think we know a lot more about this pandemic. We’re a lot more prepared and I was ready to come and go to camp and be with the team all season, ”he said.

Marc Michaelis enters the lane during practice at the Vancouver Canucks training camp at Rogers Arena on Friday. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

The seven year itch

Seven years ago, a 19-year-old forward from Mannheim, Germany traveled to the United States to see where hockey could take him.

Marc Michaelis split the 2014-2015 season between two junior teams, the Minnesota Magicians of the North American Hockey League and the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League.

Eventually, he ended up at Mankato State, a small university southwest of the Twin Cities. During his four years there, he caught the attention of a few Canucks scouts, first Jonathan Bates and then Pat Conacher.

Michaelis is a good skater. He makes smart decisions with the puck. It is reliable in all areas. He’s the kind of player the Canucks look for in college free agents and so he’s here, with his dream now within his grasp.

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