Ilya Mikheyev Posted August 23, 2015 Share Posted August 23, 2015 - The Canucks have about 1.2M in cap space. - They have 7 NHL defenseman. - In May, Benning said he wanted 8 defenseman because he learned a lesson about the wear and tear on defense in the Western conference. So, I think there's still a possibility for a move to create cap space, but if there isn't, I think David Schlemko would be a good last NHL signing. Why? - Schlemko played, with huge success, under Willie Desjardins in junior. In 2005-2006, he came 2nd on the Tigets defense in points, only junior superstar Kris Russell had more than him. In 2006-2007, he led the Tigers in assists (including forwards) and then had 16 points in 23 playoff games on the way to a WHL championship. On playing for Desjardins, Schlemko says, "I’ve got to give him a lot of credit for kind of paving my pro career — I know he did a lot to get me a contract after my last year of junior as a free agent, so I only have good things to say about Will..He really cares about his guys. He expects, and he gets the most out of everyone it seems like. I know he got the most out of me, and I know he was really pushing with NHL teams to give me a chance.” - Last year he proved he can play top-4 minutes if called upon. Under Dave Tippett, he played over 18 minutes in 9/20 games. Despite Calgary's depth on defense and being new to the team, by the playoffs he was playing about 15 minutes a night under Hartley. - Though last year he never really played an offensive role and changed teams three times, he's known for his mobility and ability to play both ends of the ice, in 2011 he paced for 26 points and in 2014 he paced for 15. I think he has potential to be a 20-30 defenseman, which isn't bad for a guy the Canucks would pick up for depth. - Although he isn't a super physical defenseman, at 6'1/190 pounds he's not tiny either. - Because of his poor stat line, due to moving from team-to-team last year, and the fact that there's still some good FAs out there, his contract probably won't be much more than league minimum. - Canucks need more defensemen and I'd rather see Schlemko than Biega as #7/#8. Hamhuis - Tanev Edler - Corrado Sbisa - Weber Bartowski, Schlemko (Yikes). My proposal: sign David Schlemko on a 1 year/650,000 contract IF there are no pending moves to create cap space for a top-4 defenseman. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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