Popular Post Rob_Zepp Posted January 31, 2020 Popular Post Share Posted January 31, 2020 (edited) The Canucks have carved out some key points to this juncture of the season and give themselves a platform towards a potential playoff spot in a manner that they haven't had for quite some time. Following are some moves I propose they make, inclusive of players currently dinged but expected back playing hockey, that could be just what they need for making that final push and if successful, having the depth to not just be "happy to be there". Michel Ferland - LW - big guy in terms of how he plays. Fast. Has decent hands. Has shown in past how effective he can be in the playoffs. Should be able to add this guy for pretty close to nothing. Justin Bailey - RW - another really big guy who has been a bit of delayed development case with NHL experience in both Buffalo and Philly. Has finally found his scoring touch at AHL level and plays with an edge. Good skater for such a big guy (listed at 6'4" but plays even bigger). Could get him very little is any cost. Kole Lind - RW - a bit of a gamble move perhaps based upon his first pro year but this guy, who also plays big, has come into his own as a second year pro and really is strong on the puck/boards and could be a very interesting piece if the Canucks run into injury issues on the right side. Has great wheels. Not expecting him to cost anything off current roster or any future draft pick to get. Brogan Rafterty - a larger version of a young Barrie who has continued to improve both his skating and overall play as a 24 year old pro. Can be a nice addition to a back end looking for scoring. Doesn't shy away from the rough going at all and has a brilliant outlet pass instinct. Don't think there would be a cost associated with his acquisition. Sven Baertschi - a real pro who has taken his recent demotion from the NHL in stride and playing dominant hockey at AHL level. Not the best defensive forward but fleet of foot and can kickstart a powerplay or similar. A nice depth weapon given it shouldn't cost the Canucks much to make this move. Suspect good chemistry with Canuck captain. Nikolay Goldobin - pretty much a carbon copy of Sven with the added bonus of some slicker puckhandling skills. Guillaume Brisebois - this Dman has size, skill and has improved his defensive game to the point he is among the AHL league leaders in +/-. Canucks should remember from their last successful playoff experience (even if current management all different as are the players - but organizationally remember) how important it would be to have depth on D for a playoff stretch drive let alone in the playoffs. I know it would dreaming to make all of those moves but if you could, that is 8 players who could all be a part for the sum total of probably nothing in trading to acquire. That would be an outstanding set of GM moves if those players could be part of the Canuck depth going into the final months. Edited January 31, 2020 by Rob_Zepp 1 2 9 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.