Monday, August 22, 2005

Canucks Acquire Steve McCarthy

The Vancouver Canucks today acquired defenseman Steve McCarthy from the Chicago Blackhawks for a 3rd round pick in 2007.

McCarthy, a Trail, B.C. native, is an interesting addition to the Canucks. I'm looking forward to see if he will able to fill a spot on the 3rd defensive pairing - his $760K contract certainly suggests that the team thinks he does. He's an offensive-minded defenseman with good speed and a hard shot. He's also only 24 years old and a former first-round draft pick. By media accounts, McCarthy is a solid guy both on and off the ice, having captained Team Canada's World Junior Championship team in 2001.

His TSN scouting report:
Assets: Has excellent offensive instincts for a blueliner. Is already a gifted passer. Sees the ice extremely well and loves to lead the rush up ice.
Flaws: Could use more bulk to better compete at the NHL level. Must learn to play a tighter defensive game.
Career potential: Top-six defenseman.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 4:42 PM


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