Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis and his assistant Laurence Gilman were apparently in New Haven, Conneticut to scout free agent and Yale University Bulldogs centre Antoine Laganiere.
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The 22 year old forward did not do too well statistically in the two games in front of Gillis and Gilman as he was held pointless and was a minus-2. Laganiere has been a player the team has been keeping tabs on since 2011 when he attended the Summer Conditioning Camp in Vancouver.
Since attending camp with the Canucks, Laganiere’s has been steadily improving for the Bulldogs. According to Hockey’s Future, he “could become one of the top college free agents this coming spring” and be sought after by more than 20 NHL teams.
Under the direction of Gillis, the Canucks have taken special interest in college free agents hoping to land a top prospect. Their biggest find thus far has been defenceman Chris Tanev from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Forward Aaron Volpatti is another player they signed out of college. Failed signings include defenceman Evan Oberg and winger Eric Walsky.