In case you need a quick recap from yesterday, GMJB moved the disgruntled Ryan Kesler to Anaheim for a package that included our new favorite person in the world Luca Sbisa and that defensive addition allowed him to then offload Jason Garrison to Tampa Bay in exchange for the 50th pick during the second round of today's draft which he then flipped on over to Los Angeles for...drumroll...Linden Vey.
Oh, Derek Dorsett is here too. There, now you're all caught up.
The nuts and bolts from the mothership:
Vey, 22, recorded five points (0-5-5) in 18 games with Los Angeles and 48 points (14-34-48) in 43 games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League during the 2013.14 season. The six-foot, 189-pound native of Wakaw, Saskatchewan was named to the WHL East First All-Star Team in 2011 while playing for the Medicine Hat Tigers. Vey was drafted by Los Angeles 96th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
His WHL team should ring a bell since our next best hope Willie Desjardins was his coach for four seasons, including their WHL championship season in 2006. Surely WD tipped the boss off on the new guy as the Canucks continue their team makeover.
Hockey's Future's take:
The Wakaw, Saskatchewan native is of average size and weight, but delivers above average results in most facets of the game. He is a leader and a grit player who inspires with a solid work ethic. His continued improvement in all three zones and special teams play has helped him raise his stock as a legitimate two-way center option.
Vey was stuck behind a strong depth of centers in LA, so he moves to a Canucks team that - without Kesler at 2LC - has plenty of openings to be had for youngsters like Vey, Bo Horvat and Brendan Gaunce.