In the second and supposedly final move of the day for Vancouver, the Canucks have acquired left winger Sven Baertschi in exchange for a second round draft pick in the upcoming 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Much like Corey Conacher, Baertschi has split time this season between the NHL and AHL. In 15 games with the Flames this year, Baertschi has four points (0-4-4), six penalty minutes and a plus-minus rating of -3. In 36 games with the Adirondack Flames, Baerschi has 25 points (8-17-25) and six penalty minutes with a plus-minus rating of 0.
In 66 career NHL games, the 22-year old Swiss winger has 28 points (8-20-28) and 22 penalty minutes. He played an NHL career-high 26 games last year with the Flames, scoring 11 points (2-9-11) with six penalty minutes and a plus-minus rating of -4.
Baertschi's highest offensive output came with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, scoring a combined 179 points (67-112-179) in 113 games over two years.
The Flames drafted Baertschi with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the year the Oilers won the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sweepstakes.
According to Ian MacIntyre, the Canucks will have Baertschi report to Utica along with Conacher.
#Canucks will start Sven Baertschi in Utica, then see from there. But remember, teams have only 4 recalls before end of season.— Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) March 2, 2015
A secondround pick could be a high price tag for a guy who hasn't seen much success yet in the NHL, but overall it's a pretty low risk move in the end. It could pan out, and if it doesn't, I doubt many people would think twice about it. After all, Baerschi is still just 22 years old and will have plenty of time to continue to develop in Utica.
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