Eric Florchuk, who was a 2018 seventh-round NHL draft decide of the Washington Capitals, will slot in instantly into Vancouver’s top-six ahead group.
The Vancouver Giants had an Eric Florchuk jersey earlier than that they had an Eric Florchuk to put on one.
The Giants introduced Thursday afternoon that they had acquired the 19-year-old Florchuk, a centre, from the Saskatoon Blades in alternate for 18-year-old centre Evan Patrician, a first-round decide within the 2020 WHL bantam draft and a 2021 second-round decide.
The Giants additionally obtain a 2021 seventh-round decide.
The WHL commerce deadline is Friday at 2 p.m.
Vancouver basic supervisor Barclay Parneta had been pursuing a Florchuk deal for a while this season. The Giants thought they had been so near finishing a swap in early December that that they had one of many Grinch-inspired jerseys they wore for his or her Teddy Bear Toss recreation at Rogers Area and one different matchup made with Florchuk’s identify on it. Finally phrase, that jersey remained with the producer in Ontario.
Florchuk, who was a 2018 seventh-round NHL draft decide of the Washington Capitals, will slot in instantly into Vancouver’s top-six ahead group.
Florchuk, a left-handed shot listed at 6-2 and 182 kilos, is predicted to be within the lineup for the Giants when Vancouver (17-16-2-2) visits the Spokane Chiefs (20-13-Four-1) on Friday night time. The groups play once more Saturday at Langley Occasions Centre (7 p.m., Sportsnet 650 AM).
Vancouver is predicted to have defenceman Bowen Byram — contemporary off profitable a gold medal with Crew Canada on the world junior championship within the Czech Republic — again of their lineup for each video games.
Florchuk had 11 objectives and 24 factors in 33 regular-season video games with the Blades this season after posting 21 objectives and 50 factors in 68 video games in 2018-19. He added two objectives and 4 factors in 10 playoffs video games final 12 months for Saskatoon.
Vancouver paid a substantial value for him, however it has been a vendor’s market all 12 months. There aren’t runaway favourites, like there have been final 12 months with the Giants, Prince Albert Raiders and Everett Silvertips. The Kelowna Rockets additionally must load up since they’re the automatics to the Memorial Cup because the occasion hosts.
Florchuk was one of many higher gamers available on the market. The most important identify on the market was possible winger Brayden Tracey, the Anaheim Geese’ first rounder from final summer season who went from the Moose Jaw Warriors to the Victoria Royals on Thursday.
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Victoria has been one of many nice surprises within the WHL this season. The B.C. Division regarded like a three-team duel between the Rockets, Giants and Kamloops Blazers to start the 12 months, however it’s unheralded Victoria (22-13-2-Zero) that holds down second place proper now, 5 factors behind the Blazers (24-11-2-1) and one up on Kelowna (21-15-1-2) and eight forward of Vancouver.
Florchuk, oddly sufficient, had been traded by Victoria to Saskatoon on the 2018 commerce deadline day, with Victoria touchdown a 2019 first rounder, a 2021 first rounder and a 2018 fourth rounder.
Victoria had used the No. 13 choice within the 2015 WHL bantam draft on Florchuk, who’s from Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.
Florchuk drew modest evaluations from an NHL scout who covers the WHL, with the scout explaining: “He has some puck talent and above common imaginative and prescient. I’ve had points together with his consistency and talent to play an uptempo recreation prior to now. He’s had the tendency to vanish for lengthy stretches after I’ve seen him.”
Vancouver did have a second 2020 first rounder, selecting up one from the Drugs Hat Tigers within the Dec. 7 commerce that introduced winger Tyler Preziuso and defenceman Trevor Longo to the Giants and moved centre Lukas Svejkovsky and defenceman Dylan Plouffe to the Tigers.
Contemplating the timing, that scuttled unique Florchuk deal possible concerned Svejkovsky, who had left the Giants in a bid to be traded. Rumours had Svejkovsky asking for a deal to the Portland Winterhawks initially, and the Winterhawks, Giants and Blades making an attempt to work out a three-way swap.
It’s believed that the decide Vancouver acquired from Drugs Hat would be the one going to the Blades within the deal. Oddly sufficient, Drugs Hat had two first rounders, including Saskatoon’s in a 2018 deadline day deal. Parneta has mentioned that Drugs Hat would resolve on the finish of the season which of these picks they’d be giving as much as Vancouver.
The Giants are simply behind the Blades (19-17-1-2) within the general standings. The Florchuk deal would appear to suggest that Parneta and Vancouver possession really feel the workforce has a potential playoff run in it and their energy play, which is final within the league at present at 11.7 per cent, is sure to show round.
There are eight regulars remaining from final 12 months’s workforce that went to the WHL Last towards Prince Albert, together with Byram, the fourth general choice by the Colorado Avalanche in final summer season’s NHL draft. Byram missed eight WHL video games whereas taking part in on the world juniors. Vancouver went Three-Three-1-1 throughout that interval.
Patrician is the fourth common from final 12 months’s workforce traded away by Parneta. He had two objectives and eight factors in 37 video games this season. A Calgary native, he was a seventh-round decide by the Giants within the 2016 bantam draft.
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