Sven Baertschi, LW:
Free Agent Status: Restricted
Should He Be Re-signed? Yes.
Despite some early struggles, Sven Baertschi seems to have established himself as a full-time NHL player. His 13 goals trail only Daniel Sedin and Jannik Hansen in team scoring.
Baertschi’s play has also been a key component in Bo Horvat‘s awakening in the second half of the season. Sven Baertschi has worked hard and made himself a key part of the Canucks’ lineup.
Will Benning Re-sign Him? Yes.
Sven Baertschi is a Jim Benning success story, and Jim will not — and should not — let Canucks fans forget it.
When Baertschi came over from the Calgary Flames his development had stagnated. While he was a talented playmaker, he too often found himself on the perimeter, and seemed far too reluctant to get his hands dirty in the corners or in front of the net.
In Vancouver, Baertschi was given a golden opportunity of being used in the top-6 forward group this season, night after night, even when his play did not merit it. He took a few months to truly find his game, but Baertschi is now a key part of the Canucks rebuild, and a reliable scoring threat.
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