Vancouver Canucks: 5 Low-Profile RFAs Vancouver Could Target

Dec 30, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (49 skates with the puck in the third period against the New Jersey Devils at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Devils defeated the Senators 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 30, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (49 skates with the puck in the third period against the New Jersey Devils at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Devils defeated the Senators 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 21, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Michael Chaput (39) against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena. The Penguins won 1-0 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

C/LW Michael Chaput

To complete this list, we have another forward who is struggling to establish himself at the NHL level: Michael Chaput of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound centre was drafted 89th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 but was traded to Columbus in return for Tom Sestito in 2011.

Chaput had a great junior career in the Quebec league and had no issues adjusting to the professional game. In 2012-13, his AHL rookie season, Chaput put up 13 goals and 32 points in 73 games. The following year, he improved to 19 goals and 45 points in 55 contests, and also got to play in 17 games for the Blue Jackets. However, he only recorded one single assist in his NHL time.

Since then, Chaput has appeared in NHL games every season, including 33 in 2014-15, but never managed to stick around for good. He has two goals and eight points in 58 games.

Perhaps a change of scenery is all it takes to finally get the 23-year-old on track for the rest of his career. Chaput is a talented two-way player who is reliable defensively and can contribute offensively as well. His ability to play at centre or on the wing is a great asset that could come in handy in the future.

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For the Canucks, Chaput could immediately fill a bottom-six role. If he can get his offensive production up, he should be a great option for the middle six in the future.

From Hockey’s Future:

"The younger brother of one-time Carolina defenseman prospect Stephane Chaput, he may be a bit more offensively savvy than his older sibling, but they share the ability to contribute at both ends of the ice. He has the ability to get lost in high traffic areas, which makes him dangerous in the offensive zone. On defense he relies on his speed and positioning to slow down attacking forwards rather than his physicality. Chaput shows a knack for sneaking through traffic and finding open ice.  He is great in the face-off dot ."