Vancouver announced this morning that they’ve signed Markus Granlund to a one-year extension carrying an AAV of $1.475-million dollars.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) June 22, 2018
The pact looks the part of a “show me” contract after the 23-year-old Finn suffered a precipitous offensive decline. Granlund registered just eight goals and 12 points in 53 games after a breakout campaign in the preceding year that saw him amass 19 goals and 32 points in less than 70 games.
Much of that has to do with Granlund’s placement on the infamous shutdown line with Brandon Sutter, but previous signs pointed to a regression nonetheless. In fact, a deeper look into Granlund’s performance reveals that his on-ice contributions deteriorated nearly as prodigiously as his surface offensive results.
It’ll be up to Granlund to show whether this past season was just a bump in the road, or if the perceived breakout season was a fluke driven by unsustainable percentages.