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[Signing] Canucks sign Henrik Tommernes to entry level contract

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This is probably the reason why Connauton was expendable during the Derek Roy trade. Tommernes has the package of being a good puck moving d-man with good skating ability and can play those 20+ minute shifts. A bit of gritty play puts up points and pretty reliable on his end of the ice as well.

Very very very pleased that we signed him before he walked otherwise I'd facepalm myself on how we let such a good prospect go like that.

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Great news! HT's been logging big minutes over in the SEL for Frolunda... even got invited to Sweden's WHC camp last month before eventually getting cut. Perhaps a season in Chicago could do him good, but he's very under the radar and may not need so much development as adaptation to the North American game. Now the only prospects left to sign before June are Price, Honzik, and Westerholm.

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Tommernes a "smart, puck moving defenseman"

The Vancouver Canucks announced on Thursday they have come to terms with defensive prospect Henrik Tommernes on an entry-level contract. Tommernes, 22, spent the 2012-13 season with Frolunda in the Elitserien (Swedish Elite League) where he amassed 16 points (5-11-16) in 54 games-played, while also picking up five points (1-4-5) in six post-season games.

Tommernes, the Canucks seventh-round pick (210th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has spent the last three seasons with Frolunda developing his two-way game. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is a very good skater with good offensive instincts, receives lots of praise for his passing ability, especially his outlet passes, and has a knack of getting his point shots through traffic and on net.

”Henrik is a smart, puck moving defenseman,” said Dave Gagner, the Canucks director of player development. “He led Frolunda in ice-time this past season, playing in all situations. He will likely be used more in an offensive type role here in North America; all depends on how quickly he is able to adjust to the increased intensity level of our pro game.”

Tommernes, a left-handed shooter, spent the two previous seasons playing the högerback (right-side) mainly with veteran Christian Backman, a former first-round pick of the St. Louis Blues in 1998. This past season, Tommernes was moved to his more natural vänsterback (left-side) where he was able to make great strides in his development.

The native of Karlstad, Sweden, led Frolunda in ice-time with an average of 20:18 per-game (up from 16:41 per-game in the 11-12 season), which ranked 12th among all skaters in the SEL. In fact, none of the players ahead of him in average time-on-ice were younger, the majority mainly veterans and only one player was not at least three years older than him.


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Our defensive prospect pool is almost filled if not fillled





Of course some will be playing outside of north america/AHL, but I don't think we need that many more, maybe draft 1-2 defensemen in the draft.

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