Ilya Mikheyev Posted October 26, 2015 Share Posted October 26, 2015 To Vancouver: Dylan McIlrathTo NYR: Vancouver's 2016 3rd round pick, Yannick Weber From NYR's perspective: Since being drafted in 2010 (yes, the same year GMMG had no picks in the first three round and took Pat McNally as his first pick), the now waiver-eligible McIlrath has played in only 4 NHL games. He's gotten a total of 12 min TOI under Vigneault this year, because one game about two weeks ago AV wanted to send 39-year-old veteran Dan Boyle a message (oh brother). So, they do some good asset management and get a future for a guy who ain't gonna crack their line-up. Plus, outside of Yandle & Staal, NYR has had pretty much zero offense from their D (probably the point of scratching Boyle), so Weber actually fills their short-term needs better than McIllrath.Plus, the Rags have Skjei and Ryan Graves on the farm, and college FA of two years ago Bodie who looks poised to make the team after a decent pro year last year. From Vancouver's perspective: Having two smaller, soft players in Bartkowski & Weber in the lineup when there's an injury didn't look very good when Edler took a sick day. McIllrath has been developing as a decent 2-way defenseman in Hartford, putting up two 17 point seasons under assistant coach Jeff Beukeboom's tutelage. A right-sided, 6'5, 220 pound defenseman is exactly what the Canucks could use as depth as Sbisa is basically the only defenseman actually using his size (okay, Edler is sometimes). Canucks take a mid-pick risk for a former top-10 pick who could become a bottom-pairing guy if given some games and bring some energy like Prust and Cracknell do up front, when he is dressed.Thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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