Sep 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Ryan Stanton (55) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the United Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Chicago Blackhawks in the shootout 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Claim Defenceman Ryan Stanton Off Waivers


The Vancouver Canucks have claimed defenceman Ryan Stanton off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Canucks had carry eight defencemen on their roster under former head coach Alain Vigneault, but it appeared they were going to go back to the more conventional seven with John Tortorella at the helm.

This appeared to be confirmed when the team assigned defenceman Frank Corrado to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League (AHL) to bring the total number of defencemen on the roster to seven.

Now it appears they will be carrying eight. One would assume somebody on the management team got through to Tortorella explaining it’s probably best to carry eight as a West Coast team with their AHL affiliate on the other side of the continent.

Stanton is a 24 year old defenceman from St. Albert, Alberta and has one game of NHL experience. He will likely get a look in practice before a decision is made on whether they would like to keep him on the roster and/or get him into a game.

He is entering the first year of a two-year contract signed this past summer. Stanton is on a two-way contract in the first year and a one-way in the second. He will make the league minimum of $550,000 at the NHL level in both years of the deal.

News 1130 Sports spoke to him shortly after the team claimed on off waivers:

Scouting Reports

The Sports Forecaster:

Assets: Is plenty physical and has the projectable size to match. Also moves the puck out of trouble decently.
Flaws: Needs to add even more bulk to his 6-2 frame in order to withstand playing a physical style at the highest level.
Career Potential: Physical depth defenseman with a little upside.

Hockey’s Future:

Stanton is a physical defenseman. Though he is known more for his tough defensive play, the 6’2 205-pound blueliner is not afraid to pitch in offensively. Does not possess a ton of skill, but plays a smart, steady game.

Elite Prospects:

Stanton has all-around ability, but focuses on defense first. He likes to play a rough game, but can also put up some points on offense.

Bleacher Report:

The biggest strength that Stanton possesses is his physicality and his ability to use his size to his advantage as he likes to throw his body around. Stanton is also willing to drop the gloves to defend himself… Although Stanton is not overly flashy as a defenseman and likely won’t rack up tons of points he is a physical defenseman who will stand up for his teammates…

 

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