Ilya Mikheyev Posted September 7, 2022 Share Posted September 7, 2022 To NYR: Conor Garland, Joni Jurmo, 5th round pick 2024 To Vancouver: Filip Chytil, Nils Lundkvist, Vitali Kravtsov, Colorado 3rd round pick 2023, 7th round pick 2023 Why - NYR is without a top line RWer. After Laf was tried at RW last off-season and did not look like a top-6 player, Drury traded for Andrew Copp and Frankie Vatrano to fill the gap. NYR ended up going on a long playoff run - but both RWs left the team as FAs. Vinny Trochek is expected to fill the 2C hole not the first line RW - Conor Garland is definitely a top-6 winger, and signed at a decent contract going forward. His 49 EV points last year in 77 games is impressive, and we all saw his fiestiness. With some reasonable PP time his point total would only increase. - While losing Garland would be a huge hit for the Canucks, the Canucks' area of strength right now is the wing, and IMO they have to somehow shift that over abundance into places they still have gaps to fill - This move would also give the Canucks more cap flexibility, something PA has been harping on since taking over - Chytil can immediately step into a 3C position, allowed for Boudreau to load up the top-6 with Miller, Petey and Horvat in it. Chytil still hasn't hit his offensive potential but all his other #s are pretty strong - Lundkvist and Kravtsov are both players who have requested trades if possible because NYR is so deep and opportunity is limited. They're both waiver exempt next year and would give the Canucks' strong depth to figure out the perfect team formation. Kravvy can also play C, a position where the Canucks in Abbotsford and Vancouver could use a little top-9 depth in case of injury, esp. if Boudreau wants to keep the 3 best players in the top-6. Lundkvist has big upside, is a RHD, won the Salming award in his last year in Sweden. He's good positionally and has a high-end offensive potential - a poor man's Sergei Gonchar at this point, but he's played on a team that has been extensively scouted by Patrik Allvin in Sweden and would come to Vancouver where there's a long history of Swedish mentorship still involved in the org (Gradin, Sedin x 2, Allvin, Petey, OEL, etc etc). Allvin and JR have also developed a trusting relationship with Dan Milstein this off-season, so this may be an environment Kravvy would be excited to be joining with Kuzie and Mikhe and Klimo having the same representation and language. - A minor addition to the trade is that Allvin gets a better, sooner draft pick as the Canucks try to quickly add to a barren prospect pipeline. - Having Hoggie, Garlie, Kuzie, and Petey in the potential top-6 or top-9 do give the Canucks a pretty diminutive top-9, whereas Chytil adds a bigger frame to make up for the imbalance. - Chytil was rumoured to be mentioned in the Miller-to-NYR deal, meaning there's some openness from both teams that he could be swapped. - Overall the Canucks get younger, get two Cs and a RHD, and some cap flexibility. The Rangers get a definite top-6 winger while accommodating trade requests for another playoff run. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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