The Vancouver Canucks bolstered their prospect depth today, signing Yan-Pavel Laplante. Laplante played for the Gatineau Olympique last season, scoring 34 goals and 65 points in 63 regular season games. An overager who bounced around the QMJHL during his five-year junior career, his goal and point totals from last season were career highs (likely a reflection of his overage status and not an indication he suddenly learned to put everything together).
Hockey's Future's write up of him is quite old by now, but suggests he is a winger who plays hard in the corners and along the boards:
One of the main questions that need to be answered after a player misses significant time due to injury is how their game might be affected when they return. For Laplante, there was no such fear. He continues to throw his body around with reckless abandon, and to play hard in the corners and along the boards. Laplante only appears to have one gear and that is full tilt hockey, shift after shift. He can also hold his own offensively, with a nose for the net and good playmaking abilities.
Here is a video of Laplante at the draft in New Jersey in 2013:
Some highlights from when he played in the 2013 U18 tournament:
And the obligatory fight reel:
Laplante during NHL preseason in 2014:
From this past March:
So, I guess at best, Laplante can be a fourth-line energy guy who agitates. At worst, he's a waste of a contract spot. Either way, I'm not holding my breath waiting to see Laplante play in Vancouver.