Vancouver Canucks Quasi-Prospect Anton Rodin Wins SHL MVP

The good news keeps rolling in on the Vancouver Canucks prospect front. First, the Canucks were able to sign and snag Nikita Tryamkin from the KHL less than a week after his season with Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist finished. Today it was announced that Anton Rodin has won the Gold Helmet award of the Swedish Hockey League, awarded to the league MVP.

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Although the Canucks confirmed Rodin’s award this afternoon, it was originally brought to light by none other than our very own Ryan Biech. 

It’s another in a long list of accomplishments overseas for the former Canucks second-round selection. Rodin has been a near-point-per-game player in the SHL since returning to Brynas following two unsuccessful seasons with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

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That Rodin was able to capture this award despite suffering a gruesome ligament injury near season’s end shows the impact he was able to have in his 33-games this season.

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning has spoken on multiple occasions about making a push to sign Rodin and bring him back under the Canucks wing. Thomas Drance confirmed this morning in a conversation with Benning that they still hope to go this route. 

Hard to say what kind of impact Rodin can have next season. It remains encouraging to watch from afar the amount of success he’s enjoyed in Sweden, though. It’s certainly encouraging. 

      • TrueBlue

        Peter Forsberg 2X winner-Art Ross,Stanley X2,Hart

        Hakan Loob 2X winner-50 goals,106 points and a Stanley Cup

        Henrik Lundqvist-Vezina winner

        Gustafsson-650 NHL games played

        Elderbrink-Vancouver Canuck

        Eklund-660 NHL games played

        Soderstrom-160 NHL games played

        Silfverberg-222 NHL games played

        Johannson-45 NHL games played

        Karlsson -270 NHL games played

        Lindstrom-150 NHL games played

        Huselius- 686 NHL games played

        Was going to detail all winners but not serious enough to continue on…..

        • Vanoxy

          Impressive list, at least enough to guarantee they give the kid a shot.

          But, Hakan Loob should have an asterix next to his name, since he won the award after spending a decade or so in Edmonton.

        • TrueBlue

          The only impressive name to win this award not during a nhl lockout is forsberg 23 years ago. Silverberg is a third liner, and husselius did nothing in Florida/Calgary for years. This list is impressively meh if you remove the lockout winners. Burnaby winter club nhl alumni list is more impressive than this.

          • pheenster

            You say this because you’re an idiot.

            Rodin should be given a look. He could be one of those late bloomers. Canucks can get a good look at him in camp.

          • TrueBlue

            Huselius stepped in and was immediately a decent top 6 forward, peaking as a near point per game first liner in Calgary. Just because the team sucks, doesnt mean the player does too. Next time, back up your opinion woth facts. You might just seem like an adult.

          • TrueBlue

            Huselius was a 40-60pt guy. Still doesn’t change the fact that the only impressive players on this list is forsberg from 20+years ago, and a couple not guy that won it during lockout years.

  • SnatchByThePool

    My goodness there is a lot of whining in these comments. Absolutely juvenile.

    If you watch his highlights he’s very good with the puck, almost Girouxesque. I don’t know about his play away from the puck. Almost like a super Baerchi. And there is the question of him fitting in on a team that needs more size (we are the lightest team in the NHL)

  • Fortitude00

    Rodin is 26 in November, basically after the next season kicks off. I wouldn’t get overly excited. Few players come over from Europe past 25 and impact in the NHL.
    If he can somehow find his way on the rise side of the Sedin line he may have a shot though.

    • pheenster

      Drag your sorry carcass back to your Oilers circle jerk. I’ll give you a topic to discuss: Justin Schultz has taken precisely 4 games to evolve into a pretty decent defencemen since he lucked out and escaped your sorry excuse for a professional hockey franchise.

      Run along now.

      • SnatchByThePool

        I’m a Canucks fan, which is always hard to admit to people. I am in no way a fan of the Alberta teams.

        It’s tough to admit to fans of other teams that I am a Canucks fan though, because so many Canucks fans are crazy, delusional, desperate people.