May 16 2016 03:00PM
Markus Granlund never quite fit with the Calgary Flames, finding himself a mainstay in the press box at the Saddledome before being dealt to the Vancouver Canucks on February 22nd for Hunter Shinkaruk. Granlund, 23, was valued by the Canucks for his combination of skill, versatility as a winger and centre and two-way chops.
Much like the player the Canucks dealt to acquired him, Granlund came to the Lower Mainland with an impressive AHL resume recording 72 points in 85 AHL contests.
The Canucks are hoping they can unearth the talent that afforded the Finnish import such high production at the AHL level, too. Prior to joining the Canucks, Granlund's NHL resume was light on big league production, with just 28 points to show for his 86 games of action. This season Granlund appeared in 33 games for the Flames, recording four goals and three assists in a shade over 13 minutes a game. In his 16 games as a Canuck, Granlund notched two goals and an assist, averaging 15.4 minutes a game.
Recently, Granlund signed a two-year deal worth an annual average of $900,000.
May 16 2016 01:00PM
Stop me if you've heard this before, but it appears as though the Colorado Avalanche are at an impasse with a top of the lineup talent and ready to cut bait. Assuming the validity of this report from Elliotte Friedman, it appears as though Tyson Barrie is this year's sacrificial lamb, following in the footsteps of Paul Stastny and Ryan O'Reilly before him.
“You know what, I do think Tyson Barrie is going to go.
“I did a game there where Montreal was in Denver. Don Meehan was there at the time with Craig Oster. They’re the Newport guys who handle Barrie. I just got the impression from everybody involved that they weren’t really even in the same ballpark.
“Knowing the way they finished their year, I’ve got to think it’s very likely he moves on.”
This isn't the first time their dirty laundry has wafted its way into other's yards. Reports leaked as recently as last fall, indicating the two sides were at a fork in the road. Time hasn't helped matters, clearly, and it appears as though the seeds of discontent are on the precipice of bearing fruit. The question then becomes whether the Canucks should or can pluck the low-lying defender.
May 16 2016 11:00AM
The face of the Canucks franchise for years to come may well be Bo Horvat. Regarded as the heir to the captaincy of Henrik Sedin, Horvat has shown he has the leadership, poise, and talent to represent the Canucks. This season, Horvat proved that, especially in the second half of the season. He was one of the lone bright spots in the dog days of the year, as he got better as the years got on. The sophomore season is often lauded as being a step back for players that performed at great levels in their rookie seasons. For the first half of the year, Horvat looked like he might fall into the trap of that stereotype. But he broke through and showed Canucks fans yet again that he was ready to make the next step in his career.
May 16 2016 08:00AM
A player who has been flirting with first-round bona fides, but ultimately comes in as 37th overall ranked player in our consensus rankings, is Edmonton native and Regina Pats centre Sam Steel.
Regarded as a smaller and shiftier centre, who possesses elite playmaking abilities and hockey sense. If Steel is still available in the early parts of the second round, I won't be surprised to hear of a few teams looking to trade up to select the young pivot.
May 15 2016 08:00AM