Canucks Acquire Sven Baertschi from Flames

Dec 19 2017, 2:11 pm

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Sven Baertschi from the Calgary Flames for a 2nd round draft pick.

Baertschi was the 13th overall draft pick in the 2011 NHL draft. The 22-year-old left winger from Switzerland has a lot of offensive upside.

Baertschi is no stranger to the west coast, having played parts of two seasons for the now defunct Abbotsford Heat. He has been used sparingly in Calgary this season, with just 4 points in 15 games. With Adirondack of the AHL, he has 25 points in 36 games.

But it is his numbers in junior should have Canucks fans excited. In his draft year with the Portland Winterhawks, he put up 85 points in 66 games in the regular season, plus another 27 points in 21 playoff games. He followed that up the following season by scoring 94 points in 47 regular season games and another 34 points in 22 games in the playoffs.

Our prospects guru, Ryan Biech, likes the deal:

This deal is very similar to the Linden Vey trade last summer and the Adam Clendening deal this year, in that the Canucks acquire an older prospect that is NHL-ready.

Similar to Vey and Clendening, the Flames were in a position where they had to play Baertschi or trade him. Keeping him in the minors next year was not an option, due to waiver restrictions.

Not happy in Calgary’s organization, Baertschi pressured the Flames into this deal and the Canucks benefited from it.

Given that Baertschi will play in the NHL next season, we will get to know very quickly whether Jim Benning’s eye for talent is as good as advertised.

Feature Image: Clint Trahan/Abbotsford Heat

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