Friday, July 21, 2006

New To The Canucks Family

Even with the Vancouver Canucks getting close to its self-imposed $42.5 million cap, the team added a couple of players to its roster for the upcoming season. They signed another former Minnesota Wild, Marc Chouinard, and traded for Buffalo Sabres forward, Taylor Pyatt.

Chouinard's TSN scouting report:

Assets: Has great size and reach. Is good on face-offs and does the little things in order to survive the NHL game. Can play both center or right wing.
Flaws: Has skating issues. Was supposed to put up much bigger offensive numbers in the pros but has been a major flop in terms of production.
Career potential: Checking line center.
NHL.com also did a nice spotlight on Chouinard earlier this year. Click here for the article.

Pyatt's TSN scouting report:

Assets: Boasts a tremendous combination of size and skating ability. Has sound body-checking skills, and is both defensively aware and an emerging offensive talent.
Flaws: The jury is still out on his offensive upside. Tends to struggle in the hockey sense department.
Career potential: Power forward.
Now, I'm not anointing Pyatt as the next Todd Bertuzzi, but it's interesting to note that Todd was traded to the Canucks at about the same age and with some of the same potential and while putting up similar numbers.

The Canucks also rounded up the rest of their coaching staff, naming Rick Bowness, Mike Kelly and Barry Smith as Alain Vigneault's assistant coaches.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 12:55 PM


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