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[Signing] Canucks sign Michael Chaput

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Talent Analysis

The younger brother of one-time Carolina defenseman prospect Stephane Chaput, he may be a bit more offensively savvy than his older sibling, but they share the ability to contribute at both ends of the ice. He has the ability to get lost in high traffic areas, which makes him dangerous in the offensive zone. On defense he relies on his speed and positioning to slow down attacking forwards rather than his physicality. Chaput shows a knack for sneaking through traffic and finding open ice.  He is great in the face-off dot .


Chaput has been one of the top forwards for new Columbus AHL affiliate Lake Erie in 2015-16 while seeing fourth-line minutes for the Blue Jackets in two brief call-ups. Now in his fourth pro season, he is still working to crack an NHL lineup on a permanent basis. His scoring skill suggests there is some potential but he is equally likely to spend the rest of his career as a player who shuttles between the NHL and the AHL. He would also likely command a big salary in Europe and that could be an option.

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