The Vancouver Canucks have lost Brendan Leipsic to the Los Angeles Kings. Leipsic was placed on waivers on Sunday, available to be claimed by every team in the NHL.
LA claims Leipsic
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 3, 2018
The Winnipeg native has five points (2-3-5) in 17 NHL games this season. The Canucks placed him on waivers to make room for Jay Beagle, who will return from injury on Tuesday. The team chose to risk losing Leipsic for nothing rather than send down Adam Gaudette, who does not require waivers, but has impressed the coaching staff.
The 24-year-old winger was one of a number of young Canucks forwards with a chance to prove himself coming into this season. And while the likes of Jake Virtanen and Nikolay Goldobin have taken a step forward, Leipsic has not.
Leipsic’s stay in Vancouver was a short one. Acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Philip Holm in February, he’s now on the move to his fifth NHL team.
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