The floundering Vancouver Canucks made a roster move this morning, sending rookie centre Jordan Schroeder back to the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves and recalling veteran Andrew Ebbett.

Schroeder, the Canucks' first pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft, is still on an entry-level contract and does not require waivers to go down. The 22-year-old has been with the big club since the lockout ended and collected five points in 22 games. However, he has gone 13 games without a goal and eight games without a point despite receiving power-play time.

“They want to get me going, playing more and get my confidence back,” a disappointed Schroeder said before leaving for Chicago.

Canuck assistand general manager Lorne Henning confirmed that is what the team told the diminutive Schroeder, who hasn't been able to solve Vancouver's riddle in the middle. The Canucks have been playing with just two experienced centremen – Henrik Sedin and Max Lapierre – since Manny Malhotra (vision) was shut down and Ryan Kesler broke his foot. In Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Wild, coach Alain Vigneault shifted Chris Higgins to centre and returned Mason Raymond to left wing to try and find a spark.

“We want Jordan to get his confidence back and Ebby has been playing well in Chicago,” Henning said.