LW/RW Brandon Tanev
If you are looking for a prospect the Canucks should have better chances with, look no further. Brandon Tanev is Canucks defenceman Christopher Tanev’s younger brother and he probably would not mind playing with Chris in Vancouver. However, many other teams are reportedly interested as well, and there are honestly more intriguing addresses for a prospect at this point.
Brandon is a speedy forward who plays a 200-foot game and can be used on either wing. He is a hard worker who is willing to pay the price to score. In 37 games this season, Tanev has 15 goals and 28 points, but he can also be trusted with defensive responsibilities like the penalty kill.
"Well-rounded two-way winger that can score as well as be trusted with defensive zone time. Moves the puck out well and has excellent positional recognition around the neutral zone and just inside the blueline. Great along the half wall and battles hard. Cycles well and keeps the puck moving when in-possession. Very good mobility, and his speed might be his most prominent asset. Unquestionable shot and puck skills. [Elite Prospects]"
In 2015, Tanev won an NCAA Championship with his Providence Friars.
The biggest concern is that at 24 years old, Tanev scores well below a point per game. Still, Tanev could be a serviceable bottom-six player at the NHL level.
Thanks to his brother Chris, Brandon Tanev might be higher on Benning’s list than he should be.
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