Schroeder, the 22nd overall pick in 2009, has struggled to fit in at the NHL level due to his lack of size (5-foot-8, 175 pounds) and a myriad of injuries. Last year, he missed 41 games after undergoing ankle surgery; the year prior, he missed time with a broken left foot.

His best season came during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, when he scored three goals and nine points in 31 games.

Per 1130, it’s “very unlikely” the Canucks will qualify Schroeder, a pending RFA, on June 30. A former collegiate scoring sensation — he’s America’s all-time points leader at the World Juniors, and had 45 points in 35 games as a rookie at the University of Minnesota — Schroeder could be seen as a worthy gamble given the recent success other small guys had this year: Mats Zuccarello emerged from John Tortorella’s doghouse to become the Rangers’ leading scorer; Nathan Gerbe matched a career-high 31 points in Carolina after being bought out by Buffalo; Cam Atkinson scored a career-best 21 goals and 40 points in his first full season with Columbus.