Analyst lists 5 Pending Free Agents that are set to explode and Allvin must sign one of them

Published March 19, 2023 at 1:30 PM

The Canucks are currently in a salary cap hell and they obviously have a lot to shop for in order to be competitive again. Allvin will have to be proactive especially since they are expected to spend a massive amount of money to extend their very own superstar, Elias Pettersson.

One way to get out of this situation is by acquiring cost-effective contracts, or having dominant players on entry-level deals like Andrei Kuzmenko has been for the Canucks this past year. While players like Nils Hoglander, Vasily Podkolzin, and Vitaly Kravstov could all fit the bill, the Canucks will be on the lookout for a centerman to sit behind Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller, but they'll most likely be looking for a capable back-up for Thatcher Demko.

Unless one of these three young men steps it up big time, they won't be the difference makers between the Canucks playing their way into a playoff run. Spencer Martin and Collin Delia have both shown that they weren't able to manage.

Frank Seravalli listed the five unheralded pending free agents who are time-bomb and could end up being the next Jonathan Marchessault or Michael Bunting. Most of these players have been lights out at the AHL level, but have failed to see their full potential due to them being shrunk in teams with lots of depth. He listed, Mikey Eyssimont, Matthew Philipps, Connor Mackey, Erik Kallgren, and Mitchell Caffee as his top unheralded free agents for the upcoming season.

Matthew Philipps surely is extremely intriguing for the Canucks, currently amongst the AHL top pointers. He'd be a great fit between the two Russians. Here's how he was described:

''Phillips has ELITE level skill and ranks sixth in AHL scoring for the Calgary Wranglers. He actually edges Marchessault in goals per game (0.36 to 0.32) and points per game (0.87 to 0.86) in a very similar sample size in the AHL.''

Allvin could surely acquire his services for a low cost and he'd surely be a low-cost / high-reward acquisition. Small, speedy, hard-working player, a former 6th-round pick in 2016. He's grown into an offensive threat at every level he's played.

The Canucks have stated they aimed for a playoff spot as soon as next year and aiming for a player like Philipps who has yet to reach his full strides in the NHL is a page right out of Allvin and Rutherford's book. Should they attempt to get Philipps under contract?

SOURCE: Daily Faceoff
March 19   |   83 answers
Analyst lists 5 Pending Free Agents that are set to explode and Allvin must sign one of them

Could he slot in as a cheap 3rd centerman option?

Yes absolutely2934.9 %
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Low risk-high reward, love it2833.7 %
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