Canucks place Brandon Prust on waivers

Dec 19 2017, 7:56 pm

The Vancouver Canucks have placed forward Brandon Prust and his $2.5M cap hit on waivers.

Also on waivers today is a familiar face for Canucks fans…

Yes, Mason Raymond is also on waivers. Don’t expect the Canucks to pick him up though.

With the Canucks getting healthy, Henrik Sedin is expected to return on Thursday, Jim Benning needed to move someone to stay under the 23-man roster limit. After the acquisition of Emerson Etem, the decision to keep Jake Virtanen, and the resurgence of Linden Vey, Prust was the odd man out.

Prust, who was acquired from Montreal in exchange for Zack Kassian and a 5th round pick in the summer, has been a disappointment this season.

Prust is set to become a UFA at the end of the year and with his wife in Montreal, it was expected that Prust would eventually be traded or sign elsewhere in the summer. But his poor play appears to have rendered his value to nothing.

The rugged winger turns 32 next month and looks like he may have lost a step. He wasn’t a fast player to begin with.

A player who was revered in Montreal, we never saw what all of the fuss was about in Vancouver.

Prust has just 1 goal and 7 points in 35 games, and has had trouble throwing bodychecks on the forecheck. He has been in 7 fights this year, many of the “staged” variety. Every one of his fights came in the first period.

Recently, Prust has been a healthy scratch by head coach Willie Desjardins.

If Prust is not claimed by anyone, he will join Chris Higgins in Utica with the Comets. Don’t rule out a waiver claim by another team, perhaps his old team in Montreal, given their recent struggles.