Vancouver Canucks: 3 Forwards to Target in Trade

Mar 5, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Ryan Spooner (51) gets ready for a face-off during the second period against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Ryan Spooner (51) gets ready for a face-off during the second period against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 27, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Arizona Coyotes left winger Jordan Martinook (48) is seen out on the ice as they play against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Walter Tychnowicz-USA TODAY Sports /

Jordan Martinook, Arizona Coyotes

Unlike Gagner, Arizona Coyotes forward Jordan Martinook is not exactly famous for being a great goal scorer. However, he might be a better fit for the Canucks right now. Trades within the division usually aren’t what teams want and can lead to inflated trade prices, but they do happen every once in awhile.

So, why would Martinook be a good fit?

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A 24-year-old forward, Martinook can play at centre or on the wing. He isn’t too experienced in the NHL, but his development curve goes straight up.

In his final year with the WHL Vancouver Giants, Martinook had 40 goals and 64 points in 72 games. After that, he spent the majority of three seasons with the AHL Portland Pirates, scoring modest numbers with a career-high 15 goals and 43 points in 62 games in the 2014-15 season.

In the 2015-16 campaign, Martinook made the jump to the NHL and managed to stick around. He had a strong rookie season, missing just one game and scoring nine goals and 24 points. So far this year, Martinook has five goals and 11 points in 23 games, and is therefore on pace for 39 points this season.

But, as opposed to Gagner, Martinook is not all about offence. A 6-foot, 203-pound forward, Martinook likes to play with a lot of energy and grit. He battles hard for pucks and doesn’t quit until he succeeds. With that, he can move up and down the lineup and contribute wherever he is needed — whether that is as the Canucks’ second-line centre or a bottom-line winger.

Coming from a division rival, Martinook might not come cheap, but he definitely fits into Vancouver’s plan better than a 31-year-old Loui Eriksson.