LATEST | A young right-handed defenseman has entered the trade market and he's exactly what the Canucks need

Published March 27, 2023 at 7:18 PM
BY FELIP GOSSELIN
     
The Canucks recently added Filip Hronek to their defensive right side, but it's clear that Patrik Allvin is not yet done with his shopping list for his top 6 defensively.

A new candidate has now made his way to the trade block and he could be gathering interest in Vancouver. The Hawks have been sellers for a while and have traded big young pieces out of their team such as Kirby Dach and Alex DeBrincat. It might be happening again:

According to a recent report out of Chicago, the Hawks' 2nd Round Selection from 2017, Ian Mitchell, now has an ''uncertain'' future in Chicago. He'll be a restricted free agent by the end of this season and the Hawks could be making him available to every other team if they chose to not tender him a qualifying offer.

Mitchell is a right-handed shot defenseman known to be an excellent puck mover with a high IQ, despite not being the biggest defenseman out there. He's even drawn a comparison to one of the Hawks' best ever d-man in a scouting report from DobberSports:


''A smart, smooth skating, offensive defenseman has all the tools to be a future top-four pairing. A comparison within the organization is Duncan Keith.''

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In a struggling BlackHawks line-up, he had difficulties finding his game, though it's been quite the contrary in the AHL where he was dominant. He manages 6 points in 5 games matched with a +6 differential rating. With the Hawks, he's taken part in 30 games where he tallied 7 points.

Hronek surely is this team's leader on the right side, Myers is not ''expected'' to be around next season (or at least we hope to get rid of his $6M AAV) and Ethan Bear is still without a contract for next year. Adding a young up-and-coming defenseman who has yet to reach the full extent of his potential could be huge for the Canucks' retooling.

The Canucks could have the opportunity to add him at a low price, should they try and acquire the 24-year-old? Defensemen tend to bloom later in age, would he be worth the try?

The Avalanches paved the way for defensive cores made out of puck-moving defensemen, should the Canucks take that road and build a similar core with Hughes and Hronek as their top guns?
SHOULD THE CANUCKS BUILD A DEFENSIVE CORE LIKE THE ONE THE AVALANCHE WON THE CUP WITH?
MARCH 27      239 ANSWERS
YES, IT'S THE BEST FIT FOR TODAY'S NHL19079.5 %
NO, YOU NEED BIG GUYS THAT HIT HARD4920.5 %
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