Born: October 5th, 1992, Bern, Switzerland
Pos: Left Wing
Drafted: 13th overall by Calgary in 2011
Many average NHL fans forget that Sven Baertschi was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 2011 entry draft. He was eventually traded 3 seasons later to Vancouver for a 2015 second round pick. Considering that pick, Oliver Kylington, has only played one NHL game, you can say it has worked out well for Jim Benning. Wow... did I just acknowledge Jim Benning?
Anyways, Sven decreased his point total slightly this past year from 35 points, to 29. I suggest you recognize he played 15 less games than in 2016-2017. It is the little things in his game that are supplied on the ice, but not always on the stat sheet. Baertschi gives the Canucks superb puck skills along with outstanding offensive instincts. He is one of the few Canucks that I witnessed showing risk and determination in high traffic areas. Let’s all be prepared to witness (if healthy), a 40 point season from Sven. Being the 3rd highest forward on the Canucks in average ice time, and near the top in almost every possession metric on the team, I think we can expect him to be inured a new contract after this upcoming season.
We must be fair in speaking on his flaws as well, so I will spiel in to what Sven can work on. At an inferior 5’11”, 192 pounds, Baertschi was propelled in high-physical games against much bigger opponents. I am hoping he spends as much time in the weight room as he does on the rink this offseason. Other than some bone-head plays, he is pretty average at every aspect. Overall, Sven Baertschi has the offensive expertise applied with good intangibles to be a successful winger on the squad next season.
What grade do you give Baertschi’s shortened 2017 season?
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