No Vey! With 50th Pick Canucks Acquire Linden Vey From LA

That's Offside!
June 28 2014 09:00AM

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With basically the worst case scenario unfolding with the 36th overall pick and a desire to play a more "meat-and-potatoes" game, we were preparing for the worst. Instead, we at the Army were pleasantly surprised to see that the Canucks opted to trade the 50th overall pick to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for 22-year old Linden Vey.

And yes, a former Medicine Hat Tiger named Linden just swung a deal for a former Medicine Hat Tiger named Linden. Read past the jump.

There's not a lot I don't like about Vey. He's a 22-year old playmaking right winger who instantly jumps ahead of every guy not currently in the CHL in terms of Vancouver's prospect depth. He has a track record of piling up points in junior, and put up AHL points this year that Nicklas Jensen can only dream of. He was a young 1st line player on an extremely good Manchester Monarchs team. There's a lot to like about Vey.

He also did this against the Canucks this year. You may remember it:


Vey is currently an RFA, but he's coming off his ELC and has just 18 NHL games to his name. With his old Tigers coach now behind the Canucks' bench, Vancouver shouldn't have any problems re-signing him.

If there's a question mark about Vey, it's that he only carried a 50.5% Corsi on an extremely strong LA Kings team in 18 games. That being said, his most frequent linemates were Trevor Lewis and Jordan Nolan, and the sample size is only 18 games, so this doesn't mean much.

All in all, Vey will have the opportunity to compete for a top-6 roster spot this upcoming season. Here's to hoping that he works out in Vancouver, and that Roland Mckeown (the guy that LA took at 50th) doesn't become a superstar.

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Rhys Jessop - CanucksArmy's resident CHL buff/hater of prospects, depending on who you ask. Follow my ramblings on Twitter: @Thats_Offside. Email contact: thats.offside.hockey@gmail.com
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#1 Johan
June 28 2014, 09:07AM
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will he have to pass through waivers?

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#2 vann
June 28 2014, 09:11AM
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I thought he was a centre in the AHL?

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#3 bishnu
June 28 2014, 09:15AM
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Is he a right wing? Or a center?

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#5 Austin Wallace
June 28 2014, 11:51AM
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Awesome! I like the trade. McKeowen was a 30's-level talent, but also a "meat and potatoes" style of player. He could be a shutdown-d one day, but Vey could be an excellent second-line player. Here is a profile on Vey

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#6 Kinger
June 28 2014, 04:58PM
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@That's Offside!

He's actually a center. He was centering Toffoli and Pearson down in Manchester before they got called up, and he's been the 1st line center there for the last 2 years. Sharp playmaker, real good player.

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#7 aristocritic
June 28 2014, 05:12PM
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LOVE IT!

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#8 Doug Broome
June 29 2014, 12:01AM
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Check his stats. 4th rounder in 2009 but went on to be WHL top scorer. First year in the AHL, 43 pts; second year, 67 points. Steady improvement. Of the Canucks four first rounders in the last two years, only Horvat is NHL-ready. Vey adds another rookie prepared for top-9 minutes in the show.

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#9 EastMidlandsCanuck
June 29 2014, 06:45AM
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Sounds great. What's the catch.

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#10 Fred-65
June 29 2014, 02:53PM
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Internal pressure, maybe Jensen is back in the AHL and Horvat stays in Junior...this is what's needed in any succesful team competition.

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