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Canucks a finalist in “Kerfoot Sweepstakes”

Last week, it was reported that the Vancouver Canucks were meeting with NCAA free agent Alex Kerfoot. Now, the Canucks are being listed as finalists in Kerfoot’s decision, which will reportedly be made sometime this week.

This contradicts an earlier report from Grady Sas of Daily Hive, which suggested that Kerfoot, a native of Vancouver and product of the BCHL, would not be signing with his hometown club.

The New York Rangers, who appear to have been the frontrunner in this decision all along, are one of the other finalists for Kerfoot, according to the NY Post’s Larry Brooks. Brooks said that openings on New York’s roster plus a friendship with former Harvard teammate make the Rangers an attractive option for the 23-year-old.

In the same vein, Sas’s report back in July suggested that Kerfoot wouldn’t want to sign in Vancouver because of the depth of similar, small, skilled forwards in the same position getting in the way of him cracking the roster.

Regardless, as we’ve said before, adding Kerfoot would be nice because he’s a prospect and he costs nothing more than money. But, if he does ultimately opt to sign elsewhere, it isn’t the end of the world.

  • Killer Marmot

    Kerfoot wouldn’t want to sign in Vancouver because of the depth of similar, small, skilled forwards in the same position getting in the way of him cracking the roster.

    Amen to that. He would have to battle Boeser, Boucher, Burmistrov, Chaput, Dahlen, Dorsett, Gagner, Gaunce, Goldobin, Megna, Molino, Rodin, Virtanen, and maybe a few more for the six starting forward slots that are up for grabs.

    • Neil B

      It must be sentiment that has the Canucks still in the frame on this, because I honestly can’t see his window this season. Unless he thinks he can take Sven’s spot…. If so, that’s some pretty good self-confidence there.

      • Killer Marmot

        Yes. It’s not a one-way game. A goal conceded is as important as a goal scored. Fans tend to forget that but the coach never does. And some of these guys are good at defense.

        With the loss of Burrows and Hansen, the Canucks are going to be scrambling to find guys who can kill penalties. That means Gaunce, Molino, and Dorsett are all going to be given serious consideration for the starting roster.

  • Dirty30

    If he beats out everyone on Killer’s list then he’s close to being this team’s mini-McJesus!

    If not, trade him to the Rangers for a pick.

    Everyone is happy.

  • wojohowitz

    The opening on the Canucks roster is at center ice. One year from now they will have Horvat at center and nobody else. Kerfoot could spend 20 games in Utica to start this season and then join the mix as a third or fourth line center. That`s the Canucks selling point and if Kerfoot thinks he`s going to New York and will make their roster out of training camp then he`s delusional.

  • Doodly Doot

    Kerfoot doesn’t seem likely to crack an NHL roster this year. He could pick a team with a good AHL affiliate that will allow him to continue to grow. I doubt that logic will dominate his decision, but ‘cheers’ to him if he does. And best wishes. Seems like a great kid.