Hip Hip Hu-VEY! Canucks ink talented 23 year old


News broke Monday afternoon that draft day acquisition Linden Vey will accept his 1-year, $735k qualifying offer from the team.  

Considering the vast number of connections – his name is Linden, he played for the Medicine Hat Tigers for 5 years (4 of which were under Willie Desjardins), his name is also Linden – and the fact that they went out of their way to land him in the first place, this was a no-brainer move for the Canucks. Most importantly, though, he seems like a solid bet to help make some things happen offensively next season for a team that desperately needs it wherever they can get it.

This just goes to show you that where there’s a will, there’s a Vey. More on the two-Vey deal just past the jump. 

It’s difficult to imagine that Vey, despite the terms of his contract, will wind up playing anywhere but the NHL next season considering the fact that he’d have to pass through waivers in the event that he got sent down to Utica. 

Where he’ll wind up on the Canucks depth chart, is an entirely different dilemma. For all of the team’s many question marks, one thing they do have going for them is the flexibility in their bottom-6 that they’ve accrued, making it difficult to pinpoint exactly which capacity Vey will be used in. For whatever it’s worth both Benning and Linden (the *other* one) mentioned Vey as a player that they expect to chip in on the offensive end when asked about the team’s scoring woes during the summer summit just last week. He was even cited as a reason the team was able to walk away from Mike Santorelli this offseason, letting him walk in free agency.

Even though Vey spent most of last year playing down the middle in Manchester, with players like Matthias and Richardson around it appears that he’s destined to slot over to the wing next season. Considering he’s just turning 23 years old and has a grand total of 18 NHL games under his belt, that’s not the worst thing in the world. Neither is having ample options down the middle, as we painfully learned throughout last season. Being able to ice skilled players in situations where they can make other teams that may be hoping to get away with utilizing players that aren’t necessarily up to snuff pay is a luxury in and of itself.

Regardless of where he slots in at 5v5, his playmaking ability figures to at the very least be a weapon that’ll be relied upon with the man advantage. If he gives the team anything he’ll wind up being a value based on how much he’s being payed, really.

I’ll leave you with this handy compilation of Vey highlights from this past season – which include two beautiful plays to set up goals against the Canucks both times they saw him – put together by Canucks Prospects on Youtube:

      • Mantastic

        I hope that it is the only issue but if Vey really is ready for a NHL role the team would of made room for him. Lewis, Nolan or Cracknall could of been sacrificed to make room for him if they had wished. I hope Vey does well and can prove he is ready at this junction but it is possible that Benning spent a high second rounder on a guy who isn’t ready ( most likely physically) to play yet and is more or less guaranteed a roster spot.

        • Mantastic

          Vey isn’t know for his defense, so there is no way he would ever surpass Lewis on LA’s chart. Vey needs to be sheltered and can’t move up and down the line up as well as Lewis. Carknell and Nolan both face punch, Vey does not.

          • Mantastic

            I hear what you are saying but if Vey is truly ready you take the skilled guy over a face-puncher.
            If this was the Canucks and say Jensen was in this position and he is ready for NHL. Do you move him and hold on to Sestito because he can get punched in the face regularly?

          • Cracknell isn’t a facepuncher, but he is a 28-year-old AHL/NHL tweener. Nolan is as we all know almost as terrible a human being as he is a hockey player.

            I don’t think LA got rid of Vey because they weren’t pleased with him — he’s long been one of their top-ranked prospects and has made a pretty smooth transition to the AHL and as the highlights show also has made a pretty decent showing in his brief NHL stint. But I think that LA which is stacked with forward prospects made a good move to pick up one of the better remaining D’s in the draft in McKeown given that it’s unlikely Vey was going to crack their lineup in the top-six this season.

            That would be my main question for the Canucks usage of Vey. He’s clearly a playmaker and has benefited in the AHL from playing with wingers who can finish. On our team of one first line and three third lines, where does he fit? I disagree that he’s one-dimensional or offense only, that’s certainly not what the scouting reports have said or his time in a more two-way role has suggested. But if our third line is supposed to be a shutdown, who does he play with? LA thought Vey would be wasted with fourth line minutes given his skill set which is why his call up was so brief. So who do we play him with? Winger on the second line with Bonino and Jensen? If Shinkaruk or Horvat make the team on the third line with one of them? I suppose perhaps Burrows or Higgins regains their offensive touch but I worry that is on the decline. Still, a good and necessary signing.

          • Mantastic

            never said he was one-dimensional, all i said is that he isn’t known for his defense, which he isn’t.

            Cracknell and Nolan both face punch, sorry for my generalization, obviously it isn’t what they only do but both have very different ways to play the game than Vey.

            again the only reason why Vey was traded was due to waivers. not good enough for a championship team and obviously too good for the AHL, they can’t risk losing him for nothing on the waiver wire.

  • Mantastic

    Shinkaruk | Horvat | Vey

    This could be a thing, if not this season. In time it could be a pretty decent 2nd line.

    Vey can dish, Shink has the trigger and Horvat plays responsibly. All three can skate.

    Whiskey drinkers to boot.

    Me likey.

  • Mantastic

    I hope the Canucks try to use him primarily as a winger. His size and defensive acumen is lacking, and by all reports from manchester he was significantly better on the wing. Could be come an excellent playmaking winger to go with the Shinkaruks and the Horvats.

  • dingo

    I don’t think LA had room left for him especially once Gaborik resigned. LA understands what Edmonton has spent the past 10 years failing to realize. You can’t build a team with nothing but offensive guys.

    He’ll play. I know he’ll play. He’ll play in the top 6, the 3rd line at worst, unless he winds up on crutches.

  • dingo

    Though Fox played fewer games then most with McDavid i believe Fox should be on the Sedins line. Reason is Fox himself said the puck just showed up on his stick at the right time…Henrik Sedin would love adding 64 assists to his points total…