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Wow, he's a great skater! Plus he sacrifices his body to block shots, has nice hands, and a great shot.

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Hopefully he has a good camp so that they can work him into the lineup like they did with Tanev. Maybe get him up for 8 - 10 games next season and let him see what he has to work on. This kid looks like a good one.

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He plays a lot bigger than most give him credit for. This guy will be a 30 point a year guy one day. 40, if he's given the PP time.

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There is alot of shots of him playing the right side. Perhaps he would be able to play with Ballard. Then our d pairs could look something like:

Hammer // Bieksa

Edler // Tanev Or a nice UFA Weideman maybe???

Ballard // K Conn

MAG

Alberts

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He plays on the left side exclusively at even strength. On the PP, you will see him on the right side due to it being easier to receive passes from there.

I really liked when he was paired with Tanev. He played his best hockey with him this season.

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Ahh... I thought it was to good to be true.

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This guys is why the canucks do not need to sign a big d man!!! They have one on the way

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Hamhuis Bieksa

Edler Suter

Connauton Tanev

Dump Ballard, and use the extra cash to sign Suter. Then we still have money from dumping Raymond to sign Salo.

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Hamhuis Bieksa

Edler Suter

Connauton Tanev

Dump Ballard, and use the extra cash to sign Suter. Then we still have money from dumping Raymond to sign Salo.

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suter plays the left side in nashville, can he even play the right side?

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Hamhuis Bieksa

Edler Suter

Connauton Tanev

Dump Ballard, and use the extra cash to sign Suter. Then we still have money from dumping Raymond to sign Salo.

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So you have a left D playing the right side and you mention that we are signing salo....but then what, he's a healthy scratch?

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Good article on him:

http://canucksarmy.com/2012/7/12/kevin-connauton-next-in-line

KEVIN CONNAUTON - NEXT IN LINE

Jeff Angus

July 12 2012 09:46AM

Kevin Connauton (left) protects the puck during a practice session.

Kevin Connauton is arguably the top defensive prospect in Vancouver’s system. He was profiled back in January, and at the time he was halfway into a very solid season with the Chicago Wolves. His defensive partner, Chris Tanev, had just been recalled to the Canucks. Connauton continued his solid play without Tanev, as the Wolves qualified for the AHL postseason.

The 22-year-old defenseman’s game improved a lot under the tutelage of head coach Craig MacTavish.

“Craig MacTavish has done a terrific job of taking Connauton’s natural abilities and channelling them in a positive direction. He isn’t trying to rein in Connauton’s natural abilities his skating, speed, his shot. Instead he's teaching Connauton to pick his spots better, while also playing the young defenseman in difficult minutes, and challenging him to be better defensively.”

Connauton has also benefitted tremendously from a relationship with Wolves Captain (and now assistant coach) Nolan Baumgartner. Their friendship is obvious to anyone who follows them on Twitter (Connauton is @K_Nauts and Baumgartner is @Baumer_5).

Kevin Connauton@K_Nauts

Congrats to @Baumer_5 on an incredible career. He was so sick of being my D-Partner this year that it forced him into retirement #DtoDHinge

4 Jul 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

Baumgartner on Connauton:

"Last year was his rookie year and at times he struggled, but it's tough to step in. Sometimes you're in and out of the lineup and try to get some confidence going, which he's playing with a lot of this year. And confidence can go a long way. He's learning to play in his own end, which is huge for him. He's got a huge offensive upside as we all see."

Connauton finished 2011-12 with 13 goals and 33 points (an improvement of two goals and 10 points from his rookie campaign in 2010-11). He was 23rd in scoring among all AHL defensemen, and only two defensemen scored more goals than he did (Eric Gelinas and Clay Wilson each scored 16). He was named to the AHL All-Star Game, and won the hardest shot competition with a 99.4 mile-per-hour rocket. At the time of the All-Star Game, he led all AHL defensemen with nine goals.

The Canucks aren’t in a position where they need to rush a young defenseman into their top six, as the depth chart is pretty solid.

Potential pairings:

Dan Hamhuis – Kevin Bieksa

Alex Edler – Jason Garrison

Keith Ballard – Chris Tanev

Andrew Alberts

Man, It feels weird not writing Sami Salo in there…

Connauton has moved around a lot early on in his hockey career. He spent only one year in college at Western Michigan before joining the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. He played only one season there before turning pro with the Manitoba Moose. The Moose lasted only one season in Winnipeg before the Canucks switched affiliates to the Wolves in Chicago. Hockey players are used to changing locations and moving around, but usually not four times in four years (although Mike Sillinger and Dominic Moore have something to say about that).

Assuming Vancouver goes with the pairings I have listed above; Connauton will start the season in the AHL. However, he is likely the first call up if any of the defensemen go down.

The Canucks signed depth defensemen Derek Joslin and Patrick Mullen earlier this month, but both defensemen should spend the majority of the 2012-13 season with Chicago. With Sami Salo now in Tampa Bay, the Canucks don’t have an injury-prone defenseman that they have to plan around anymore. Letting Marc-Andre Gragnani go was a bit of a surprise, as he has been very productive at the AHL level. However, the Canucks were obviously turned off by his decision to go to arbitration, and figured he would be easily replaceable. He didn’t show much during his limited tenure with the team here, either.

Connauton will see some time with the big club this year, and could be a mainstay on the back end by 2013-14. His entry-level contract will have expired at that time, but he won’t have much leverage with limited NHL experience. The Canucks would love to be able to slide him in to their starting six on an affordable contract (much like Tanev right now). If Connauton continues to polish the rough parts of his game, he could find himself partnered up with Tanev once again, this time in Canucks colours.

He spent some time training at the Nike Headquarters in Oregon last month, alongside other Canuck prospects like Jordan Schroeder and Darren Archibald.

Being able to ice a defensive pairing featuring two players with cap-friendly contracts would free up a tremendous amount of cap space to be used elsewhere (not naming names, but a particular superstar defenseman from Sicamous, BC may be made available at some point in the next year).

He isn’t a superstar prospect, but Connauton has developed from a one or two-trick pony (big point shot, great skater) into a top four defenseman at the AHL level and a legitimate NHL prospect.

A sampling of Connauton’s offensive (and defensive) abilities:

Jeff delivers his thoughts on news relating to the Canucks each Thursday morning. His work can also be found over at DobberHockey.com, as well as his personal blog, AngusCertified.com. Give him a follow on Twitter @anguscertified.

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If he was still in college right now, his stats will be similar to Justin Shultz. I thinkt he reason why we didn't gaurantee him a NHL roster spot was because, Gillis's scouts told him, that he just an above average prospect. Probably just as good as Connauton and thats it. IF Connauton does not make our team, how the hell does Shultz make our team?

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I'm really looking forward to the day Kevin joins the canucks.

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If he was still in college right now, his stats will be similar to Justin Shultz. I thinkt he reason why we didn't gaurantee him a NHL roster spot was because, Gillis's scouts told him, that he just an above average prospect. Probably just as good as Connauton and thats it. IF Connauton does not make our team, how the hell does Shultz make our team?

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Neither Schultz or K-Conn would displace our top 4 (Bieksa-Hamhuis, Garrison-Edler), and Tanev/Ballard are as solid a 5-6 in the league. Ballard may not be a cap friendly #5, but I would argue he is a luxury to have as a 5-6 instead of being forced into the top-4 being unfit.

That is to say, I agree with you.

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our poor d prospects

not too much room there now or in the future

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