Canucks Sign WHL D Ashton Sautner

The Vancouver Canucks have bolstered their prospect system, signing over-age Edmonton Oil Kings captain Ashton Sautner to an entry level contract. Sautner is in the middle of a career season with the Oil Kings and was a big part of their Memorial Cup run last season.

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We know that over-age players don’t usually stand a good chance of ever making an NHL impact, but defensemen are notoriously hard to project. Sautner has been an extremely effective player on a puck possession juggernaut the last couple of seasons to his credit, and is an interesting gamble for GM Jim Benning to make.

Adding Sautner doesn’t cost the Canucks anything but salary, so there’s no reason not to make this gamble if you like Sautner. We’ll have more thoughts on this coming later.

Sautner’s career WHL stats:

  • Vanoxy

    I don’t know much about this kid, but some quick research shows me that he can handle himself in a fight, and plays a pretty solid 200ft game.

    He doesn’t do anything exceptionally well, but could be a decent AHLer .
    Decent size and looks like he could pack on another 15 pounds of muscle fairly easily as he matures.

    Zero risk signing anyways. I’d like to hear from someone who has seen more of him.

  • Vanoxy

    An example of why my overall feelings on Benning are positive. Sautner is probably just going to be an AHLer but it’s good to have a successful farm team constructed of players with ceiling remaining. Sometimes you get lucky but it’s always rewarding to have your prospects play on a team that isn’t just career AHLers.

    The Mallet for Pedan trade is a great example (to me anyways) of this smart asset management. And while he wasn’t acquired by Benning, players like Kenins are the reason you take a flyer and keep these “interesting” young players around.

    • Vanoxy

      Mallet was a throw-in in that trade. It was really Pedan for a third round pick. But ya Pedan seems to be doing pretty well on Utica considering he was bouncing back and forth between the Bridgeport and the ECHL before the trade.

      Quite the log jam we have built up in Utica on the backend… Have to think this makes Hutton more likely to return for his final year at Maine. Personally I’d be interested to see a post how Utica’s defensive corps projects to set up for next season. Also will need to fit in McEneny if I’m not mistaken.

      Between VAN and UTICA
      Edler
      Tanev
      Bieksa
      Hamhuis
      Weber – (U)FA not sure if he’s still restricted or not
      Sbisa – RFA
      Stanton – RFA
      Clendening – RFA
      Corrado
      Sanguinetti (UFA but surely want to resign him)
      Biega (Also will be a UFA)
      Pedan
      McEneny
      Sautner
      Andersson – Resigned in summer of ’14, couldn’t find the terms
      Ehrhardt – Signed in Nov ’14, can’t imagine he’ll be back
      Huskins – Couldn’t find info, guessing he won’t be back
      Negrin – Floated between ECHL and AHL, can’t imagine he’s back next year
      Hutton – Probably back to Maine
      Subban – Hopefully will get him signed – guessing he’ll play an OA year in the O
      Liberati – Overage year in the O next year

  • Vanoxy

    Ehh gonna make that a bit easier to read.. hopefully.

    Edler

    Tanev

    Bieksa

    Hamhuis

    Weber – (U)FA not sure if he’s still restricted or not

    Sbisa – RFA

    Stanton – RFA

    Clendening – RFA

    Corrado

    Sanguinetti (UFA but surely want to resign him)

    Biega (Also will be a UFA)

    Pedan

    McEneny

    Sautner

    Andersson – Resigned in summer of ’14, couldn’t find the terms

    Ehrhardt – Signed in Nov ’14, can’t imagine he’ll be back

    Huskins – Couldn’t find info, guessing he won’t be back

    Negrin – Floated between ECHL and AHL, can’t imagine he’s back next year

    Hutton – Probably back to Maine

    Subban – Hopefully will get him signed – guessing he’ll play an OA year in the O

    Liberati – Overage year in the O next year