Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
On the Vancouver Canucks Christmas wish list: Buffalo Sabres left winger Matt Moulson and Winnipeg Jets left winger Andrew Ladd.
That is according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos and Brian Lawton. They gave their opinion on who they thought the Canucks would be interested in.
Kypreos said the Canucks will want to go after a top-six forward like Moulson for a little bit of forward depth.
“Take the heat off the Sedins. Take it off Ryan Kesler and go get a top-six forward,” Kypreos said. “One guy that is out there that we believe will be available at the trade deadline—Matt Moulson. This guy is legitimate 30-goal scorer. He would alleviate a lot of pressure off the horses. ”
Lawton, on the other hand, believes the Canucks will be looking at a player like Ladd.
“Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk, whatever it costs you, the Vancouver Canucks need to add one more top-six forward that has great leadership and Andrew’s that guy,” he said.
And ladies and gentlemen, this is why Lawton was fired as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and can’t even secure a permanent analysis position with Sportsnet. And thankfully, Mike Gillis got the Canucks general manager gig over him.
The Canucks absolutely need to add forward depth, but left wing is relatively strong compared to right wing.
They have Daniel Sedin, Alexandre Burrows (also right wing), Chris Higgins, and David Booth as well as centres Jeremy Welsh and Brad Richardson who can play there.
On right wing, the Canucks have Jannik Hansen, Zack Kassian, and Dale Weise. Mike Santorelli, usually a centre, is also currently playing there.
On the Canucks wish list? Probably a top-six right winger.
Impending free agent right wingers that might be available at the trade deadline include Marian Gaborik, Ales Hemsky, Mikael Samuelsson, Devin Setoguchi, and Brad Boyes.