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THE ROUNDUP: Free Agency Looming Large, Dev Camp Takes Shape

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The Canucks may try to add some depth on Sunday, and they release the Development Camp Roster

2018 NHL Draft - Portraits Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

July 1st is rapidly approaching, and the Canucks are reportedly in the mix on some depth pieces at Center and Defence.

Perhaps it’s a testament to just how slim this year’s pickings are, but is Rieder really an improvement on what they already have in place?

de Haan could be a good fit, but they’d have to move someone and that would mean maybe seeing Ben Hutton or Alex Biega shuffled out. Hmm...

The Canucks and Darren Archibald still have nothing to report, and for a team that is so lacking in the physicality department, it makes you wonder if they have someone else in mind? That makes me worry that they’ll overpay for someone who will do a job that Archibald could for less (and he’s earned at least a 1 year shot to prove himself, IMO). It’s not that toughness is the top priority by any stretch of the imagination, but Archie’s a good mix of skill and brawn that will still be needed as the Canucks try and build a core that is more in tune with the way the game is evolving.

The Canucks released their Development Camp Roster as things get underway Tuesday at Rogers Arena, and while Nando Eggenberger is not on it (boo!) there are a couple interesting additions.

Tyler Soy is one name I was happy to see. Originally drafted by Anaheim, the all time franchise leader in GP for the Victoria Royals is a great 2 way player with a ton of offensive talent. Soy had 36 G and 56 A in 66 games last season for the Royals.

Sahvan Khaira is a Dman from the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL. He put up 6-20-26 with 111 PM last season as the Broncos won the WHL Championship. The Surrey native’s last name should sound familiar, his brother Jujhar is a member of the Edmonton Oilers.

The Camp will also feature many of the picks from the last couple seasons. Quinn Hughes, Jett Woo, Petrus Palmu, Toni Utunen, Jonah Gadjovich, Kole Lind, Michael Di Pietro and Matthew Thiessen will all be there, so if you have time, I highly recommend getting down to the rink to check out some of the Canucks and Comets of the future.