Canucks sent Aman down, for now
After he played 68 games for the Canucks last season, it was a bit of a surprise to see Nils Aman get cut by Vancouver after training camp, but here we are. The 2022-23 season was Aman’s first in North America, and he wasn’t necessarily great but did manage to stick.
That wasn’t the case this year, and the 23-year-old is taking advantage of his time in the minors. In 17 games with Abbotsford last season, Aman scored four goals, five assists, and nine points, and this season he’s picked up where he left off with four goals, three assists, and seven points in only eight games.
Aman played a decent amount of penalty kill last year, but his faceoffs were definitely an area of improvement heading into 2023-24. The Swede won only 38.2 percent of his draws, which was one of the worst marks in the NHL. In addition, Aman only managed to take 50 shots in 68 games, which is simply not enough offensive involvement, even for a young player.
Aman’s NHL sample size definitely gives him an advantage over his peers, but it’s not like he was burning the league down either. He ended up in the AHL for a reason, and it’s likely to round out his game in a North American setting. He’s a candidate to replace an extra body – like Jack Studnicka – put probably won’t play a solid run of NHL games this season.