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 03 2016 01:00PM
Coming into this season, very few people expected Ben Hutton to crack the Canucks' roster. The 2012 fifth-round pick just finished his NCAA hockey career at Maine and was expected to be playing for the Utica Comets in the AHL. In last season's year-end prospect reviews, Hutton ranked fourteenth amongst all Canucks prospects. However, after a strong training camp the blue liner found himself on the Canucks opening day roster. Hutton quickly endeared himself to the fans and the coaching staff with his strong play.
Turning heads all year, the then 22 year-old earned the trust of Willie Desjardins and the coaching staff quickly. Come February, Hutton was leaned upon heavily. He averaged over 21 minutes per game in the month of February and saw an increase in both his power play and even strength minutes. Hutton surpassed Alex Edler's rookie season point totals, with 25 points in 75 games.
April 26 2016 11:00AM
In the first year of a four-year, $10.6 million contract, Derek Dorsett continued along his career path of being a unique combination of punching faces while being an average fourth liner.
October 15 2015 05:00PM
The Canucks could be getting new owners sooner than expected.
With on-ice performance declining over the past five years, the Canucks franchise has suffered a decline in both ticket prices and attendance; a scary trend for any team. After factoring in a struggling Canadian dollar, the Aquilinis are in a tough situation with the state of the franchise.