The Vancouver Canucks have traded a conditional draft pick in 2017 to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Danish defenceman Philip Larsen. The draft pick will be a 5th round pick unless Larsen “hits specified production thresholds”.
This news comes on the heels of news that Jim Benning is shopping Matt Bartkowski and Yannick Weber, two current Canucks defencemen on expiring contracts.
Larsen, 26, is currently playing with Jokerit Helsinki of the KHL. A former 5th round pick of the Dallas Stars in 2008, he is enjoying the highest scoring season of his pro career with 38 points (12-26-38) in 54 games.
The 6’1″, 183-pound right-shot defenceman has appeared in 125 career NHL games with the Oilers and Stars.
Here’s the scouting report on Larsen from Hockey’s Future:
Larsen has average size, but other than that, he shows a rather all-round arsenal of skills. He is blessed with good speed, technical skills and very good hockey sense. Really a smart player, that sees openings that many other players are unable to. He plays mature and appears to be relaxed and confident on the ice. Perhaps more noticeable offensively than defensively, but rather solid in his own end, despite having to work with the physical aspect of the game. Needs to improve his strength in order to survive the rigours of a long, hard NHL season.
The plan for Larsen is to bring Larsen over to the NHL next season, provided that the Canucks can sign him on July 1. Not including Andrey Pedan, Larsen would mark the sixth NHL defenceman signed by the Canucks for next season.