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LA Kings claim Brendan Leipsic on waivers from Canucks

So long Brendan Leipsic.

Yesterday, the Vancouver Canucks placed the speedy winger on waivers with hopes of him getting to Utica but the Los Angeles Kings had other ideas

The Kings were first in waiver priority and after using that position to claim Nikita Scherbak from the Montreal Canadiens, they did it again here with Leipsic. The Kings have been struggling to generate offence and lack depth within the organization to rectify that issue, so adding some players like Scherbak and Leipsic helps them to try to rectify that issue. It will be interesting to see how both of those players will be inserted in the Kings lineup.

The thought behind placing Leipsic on waivers was laid out in the report yesterday, but it is unfortunate that the Canucks have lost him for nothing. It does hurt their overall depth for this season despite Leipsic not generating a lot of offence. With that being said, it does clear a path for a younger prospect to seize a spot later in the season, now it’s just a matter of waiting for that to happen.

The Canucks had acquired Leipsic for Philip Holm at last years trade deadline and with Holm now playing in the KHL, the Canucks aren’t really further behind or ahead of where they were before.

  • Kootenaydude

    Good for him. Wish Leipsic all the best. LA could use a guy with a little speed. Gotta be a good feeling getting picked off waivers instead of going to the AHL. Especially when it’s sunny California versus the cold northeast. He must be a happy guy!!

  • It’s a shame Leipsic couldn’t build on his performance last year – he looked great at the end of last season with the Canucks, but has been pretty much invisible this year. Hopefully he gets a good shot with the Kings and can make the most of it.

  • Leipsic, like Subban, played like junior players who never learned how to play a more structured, team-oriented professional game. They got points because of individual skills but when it came to utilizing teammates (e.g. Leipsic using teammates for zone entries, Subban adapting coverage depending on his defensive partner), you never saw it.

      • Freud

        lol

        It’s not an upgrade.

        “the Canucks aren’t really further behind or ahead of where they were before.”

        Incredible Benning continues to make lateral moves in this context. If you’re a bottom 5 team you can’t get worse you can only move ahead. Something Benning seems incapable of doing.

        The wheels of the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round…..

    • crofton

      I’ve been looking forward to the day Dahlen plays with EP. They were really good together in Young Stars, not to mention the chemistry they reportedly had back in Sweden.

    • Nuck16

      Actually, I misinterpreted the standings thinking LA had games in hand on the Blues, but it’s the other way around…so maybe it is based on winning %…can anybody confirm?

  • Nuck16

    I said at the beginning of the season we needed to see more from Leipsic before we risk losing him on waivers, but now I think we’ve seen enough. There is still a chance he could figure it out, but not likely.

  • LTFan

    I liked Leipsic, he seemed to have good individual skills, but that was his problem. He might have been able to go through guys in Jr. but it doesn’t work in the NHL. He is one of those players that is too good for the AHL but not quite good enough for the NHL. Wish him well with the Kings.

  • Rayman

    Wow! Kings really going for 1st draft pick! They are picking up everything from US, Canucks!

    Who’s King’s coach? What the hxxl is he thinking? Oh, wait a minutes….

  • Kanuckhotep

    Leipsic is the first player gone from the organization who was in the opening night line up vs CAL. The Leipsic experiment didn’t work out but without costing very much. Benning, like all GMs, is always on the phone, in meetings et al looking for ways to improve the roster which he’s done here with Leivo IMO. And if fans sees a guy who does not pass the eye test don’t you think Canucks mgmt doesn’t see this too? More changes are certain to follow.