BureBurrito Posted January 17, 2022 Share Posted January 17, 2022 Canucks will likely be bargain hunting and depth filling this year (compared to years past with Blunder Benning). The 2022 UFA lineup is pretty lacklustre but some names to watch for as the Canucks re-tool this year and next (along with stockpiling draft picks which they failed to do in 7+ seasons). Here's a look at team needs - Overall bottom 6 depth (3C/4C PKer's in particular) - Top 6/9 forward (speed/size/grit = Canuck hockey as Smyl suggested) - 2 x Top 4 Dmen - Journeyman depth AHL/NHL callup Dman (size/speed) - Possible backup goalie (steady 20+ game goalie; if Halak & Dipietro go at the deadline) Here's some names of interest Maxim Mamin - big tough winger with the Panthers - very young player (Palat light?); likely to resign with Panthers Mason Marchment - gritty top 9 forward (also with the Panthers) but has some hands; like Gadjovich but a better skater? Ryan Donato - JR ties (with his dad playing with the Whalers?) - played well as a scoring forward/PP2 with Kraken so far (AHL callup?) Kevin Lankinen - decent numbers as a backup/1B with a bad Hawks team Nick Paul - the perfect 3C player for Vancouver Max Domi - buy low candidate, ok numbers with CBJ; brings some grit/skill to the top 9 and a permanent winger for Horvat (going back to junior days)? Andre Burakovksy - reliable top 9 forward (always puts up numbers); contract might exceed 5m (puts Canucks out of the running) Ville Husso - decent backup numbers for STL; likely comes in at under a mill contract per year Zach Aston-Reese - JR ties with Pittsburgh - could well serve the bottom 3rd/4th lines well Andrew Copp - big centerman also a great pickup as a 3C or 4C Markus Nutivaara - bottom 6-8 D but carries puck and ties to coach Shaw Troy Stecher - smallish D man but plays a steady 5-6 Dman game; good for the dressing room? Hampus Lindholm - Top 4 Dman with coach Bruce ties Andrew Poturalski - Canes depth centerman Tomas Hertl - would be a fantastic pickup but likely getting a 7m contract (only works if Boeser is offloaded) Juuso Riikola - decent pickup (bottom pairing...JR ties) Ryan Murray - interesting former top draft pick...would be a buy low candidate if he could be a Top 4 Dman Evan Rodrigues - has scoring touch to be a 2/3rd line winger; ties to JR Victor Rask - can pop in a few points in the top 9 Nino Niederreiter - ties to coach Bruce in Minnesota; always produces as a top 9 whichever team he plays for Josh Manson - hulking D-man but only see him here if they deal Poolman/Schenn Cal Clutterbuck - also ties to coach Bruce in Minnesota(?) but plays the prototypical 4th line/PK game Evgeni Malkin - I don't think it's likely perhaps management thinks a show me short term 1-2yr deal is worth it (plagued with injuries; jersey sales)? College UFA Ethen Frank - big game scorer (esp game winners and short handed goals) from Western Michigan U Taylor Ward - son of ex Canuck (Dixon); take a flyer on him for the AHL? Brandon Scanlin - comes from the Brooks hockey league (see Cale Makar); big bodied Dman, point a game player in college 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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