From The Ice

Vancouver Canucks Add Baertschi and Conacher

Vancouver Canucks Add Baertschi and Conacher
Franklin Steele

The Vancouver Canucks didn’t make the splashiest trades at the NHL trade deadline, but they added two solid young players that could surprise some pundits with their effectiveness. Both Sven Baertschi and Cory Conacher have spent the majority of the 2014-15 season in the AHL, but posses an intriguing amount of offensive upside.

Baertschi got lost in the Calgary Flames system. He was drafted in the first round in 2011 to eventually become a top-six goal scoring forward in the NHL. The direction of the organization changed when Jay Feaster was fired in December of 2013, and that left Baertschi on the outside looking in.

The Flames began to move towards a more North-South game and drafted players like Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett to fit that mold. Baertschi was never able to find his groove in Calgary, but he could be a sneaky add for the Canucks if they want a bit of scoring depth this year.

The 22-year-old has 25 points in 36 games in the AHL this year, and could provide a skill boost to Vancouver’s third or fourth lines. Maybe the Canucks finally give him a chance as a top-six forward to see how he performs.

This is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Canucks. Trading s second-round pick for a former first-round selection with upside is the kind of move that can do an organization a lot of good. The addition of Conacher is a bit murkier, as he’s 25 and hasn’t been able to stick with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres or New York Islanders yet.

Dustin Jeffrey has been an effective scorer at the AHL level, but his game might not ever translate to the NHL. He had several opportunities to stick with the Pittsburgh Penguins before being claimed off waivers by the Dallas Stars in 2013. Jeffrey signed with the Canucks as a free agent, and he’s been the top scorer for the Utica Comets this year.

An interesting move for both the Canucks and Islanders.

From The Ice
Franklin Steele

Franklin Steele has been watching and playing hockey since the age of six. He’s written for a variety of NHL websites around the web, and now is the director of content and growth for A lot of folks say they are living the dream sarcastically. He is not among them. Feel free to email him or Tweet at him with any questions, comments or concerns.

More in From The Ice

NHL: MAR 12 Senators at Canadiens

Andrew Hammond Mania: Hamburglar Masks

Cat SilvermanMarch 19, 2015
NHL: MAR 05 Stars at Panthers

Florida Panthers Take Home Two Backup Goalies

Cat SilvermanMarch 18, 2015
NHL: MAR 14 Bruins at Penguins

Evgeni Malkin Still Out, Bad for Pittsburgh

Cat SilvermanMarch 18, 2015
NHL: FEB 21 Jets at Maple Leafs

Nazem Kadri Given Four Game Suspension

Cat SilvermanMarch 18, 2015
NHL: MAR 17 Sabres at Bruins

Eastern Conference Collapses: Boston, New York Crumble

Cat SilvermanMarch 17, 2015
AHL: MAR 15 Norfolk Admirals at Providence Bruins

Tuukka Rask is Ill Again, Recall Jeremy Smith

Cat SilvermanMarch 17, 2015
AHL: JAN 30 Portland Pirates at Manchester Monarchs

Florida Panthers Likely To Name Portland Pirates New Affiliate

Cat SilvermanMarch 17, 2015
NHL: FEB 02 Panthers at Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist Cleared to Return to the Ice

Cat SilvermanMarch 17, 2015
NHL: JAN 31 Hurricanes at Rangers

GM Meeting: Salary Caps, OT Rules, and Coaching Challenges

Cat SilvermanMarch 17, 2015


Slapshot on Facebook

Slapshot On Twitter

Copyright © 2014 Today’s Slapshot, All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use/Privacy | Copyright | Site Map | About Us | Authors | Contact Us