The Canucks have an offensive firepower they desperately need on defence.
So when they took a chance on two defencemen in free agency, they needed to be prepared to pay.
One was a veteran with two NHL seasons under his belt, the other a promising young player who’s playing a bit of a role on the top line with Troy Stecher.
Both are solid players, but their value will vary a little depending on what position they play.
The Canucks could be getting both in a package for their future top defenceman, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.
But they need to do something differently in their decision-making.
“I think you have to be more deliberate about it,” Dreger said of what the Canucks should do.
“One of the reasons why you take these players on is because you think that there’s a chance that they could be good, and you don’t want to just throw money at them and hope that they’re good.”
That’s not the case with the other two defence prospects the Canucks are targeting.
“There’s a couple of players that have been around the league for a long time, but they don’t come with the experience, or that’s one of the main things they need,” said TSN NHL Draft analyst and draft expert, Brian MacLellan.
The Canucks are also hoping to add a veteran on the back end who could potentially help out the team’s defensive prospects in the years to come. “
They’re a little bit younger and they’re not that far along in their careers.”
The Canucks are also hoping to add a veteran on the back end who could potentially help out the team’s defensive prospects in the years to come.
“If you take a veteran defenceman and add a little veteran to the group, it creates a little more versatility,” MacLollan said.
“And if you’re looking to add some depth, you’re probably going to want to get a defenceman that has some experience in the NHL, that can add a different dimension to the team.”
With a few more picks, the Canucks could potentially land a defencemen who could play a role in the future, MacLillan added.
“So if you take Troy StECHER, that’s probably a good first pick for you.
You’ve got to take into consideration their skill level and how they’re used. “
But that’s really hard to say.
You’ve got to take into consideration their skill level and how they’re used.
If they’re just getting a look, it’s hard to do anything about it.”
If the Canucks decide to take on the $3.25-million-per-year contract of defenceman Jannik Hansen, they could potentially take on some of the remaining cap space left over from the draft.
But MacLaughan believes the Canucks will be able get the best deal for both of those defencemen.
“That’s something that will be discussed,” he said.
“[Hansen] has a little experience, but you could definitely see a little cap space there.
He’s not going to be able add the sort of value that Stechers will bring.”
While it’s difficult to predict where the Canucks might land the next defenceman they want, MacLeod said it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
“It’s going to happen,” he told TSN.
“We’ve got some cap space, and it’s probably not going too far off the top, but it’s certainly something that could happen.”